HYDEN BLOG: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly from UFC Fight Night 147

by frank Hyden, MMATorch contributor

Mar 16, 2019; London, UK; Dominick Reyes (blue gloves) and Volkan Oezdemir (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at O2 Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports

UFC Fight Night 147 was this past weekend, let’s get right to the rundown.

UFC Fight Night 147

GOOD- John Phillips vs. Jack Marshman
There were some nice moments here, but there were also some less than exciting moments as well. This was a solid fight, nothing special, that Marshman won by split decision.

GOOD- Claudio Silva submits Danny Roberts
Silva was all over Roberts from the start, he glued to him and would hardly let go. Roberts did have good moments of his own, though, as he landed some nice strikes. He blasted Silva with some good ground-and-pound in the first round and landed some punishing strikes in the second and third rounds. However, Silva was just too tenacious with his grappling and submission attempts. He applied constant pressure and wouldn’t let Roberts breathe.

The fight ended when Silva got Roberts in an armbar and the ref jumped in. Apparently, it was a verbal stoppage. Good win for Silva as he showed some really nice grappling.

GOOD- Nathaniel Wood submits Jose Quinonez
Wood landed some power shots before they went to the mat early in the first round. They got up and Wood dropped Quinonez and they went back to the mat. More back and forth and we move to the second round where Wood got the takedown, took the back, and sunk in a rear-naked choke for the win. Good win for Wood.

GOOD/BAD- Volkan Oezdemir vs. Dominick Reyes
This fight was fine. It wasn’t great or anything but it had its moments. More so in the first two rounds because the third round was too slow-paced as Reyes gassed out and Oezdemir just started coasting. That ended up costing him severely as Reyes won the fight by split decision. I strongly disagree with that decision, as I thought Oezdemir won the first two rounds, but at the same time, part of me says that’s what Oezdemir gets for coasting and not trying. The decision is still junk, though.

GOOD- Leon Edwards vs. Gunnar Nelson
There was some good back and forth in this fight, as they both had success with takedowns and grappling. Edwards had some good striking moments as well. There were also some boring moments, primarily in the second round, but oh well. Edwards ended up getting the split decision. Good win for Edwards.

GOOD- Jorge Masvidal stops Darren Till
Till kept landing big shots in the first round but Masvidal hung tough and kept coming forward. At the end of the first round, Masvidal started landing some big shots of his own. Both men were throwing heavy leather and showing good toughness. The second round started with Masvidal getting a takedown but Till quickly getting back up. Masvidal then connected with some big shots, Till returned fire, and then Masvidal landed a huge left hook that knocked Till out. What a sequence and what a huge win for Masvidal. It’s a really tough loss for Till in his home country but he fought well.

This was a hard-hitting fight with both fighters taking and throwing punishing strikes. You can only take so much, though, and Masvidal landed the final blow. A bigtime win for Masvidal and a tough loss for Till. This was Masvidal’s first fight in almost a year and a half as he snaps his 2 fight losing streak and Till has now lost two fights in a row himself. I don’t think Masvidal is close to title contention but if he were to get a couple more big wins under his belt, then we can start talking. However, he needs at least two more big wins before getting a title shot and they need to be over established names. He’s certainly capable of doing that, but we’ll have to wait to see who the UFC matches him up against next.


GOOD/BAD/UGLY- Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards have a backstage altercation
Masvidal was conducting a backstage interview when Edwards starts talking off-camera. Masvidal shakes his head and starts walking towards Edwards with his hands behind his back. More stuff is said, then Masvidal throws a few punches at Edwards as people break it up. Masvidal says Edwards was threatening him and all that, we know how it goes. I’m sure both would say the other was in the wrong.

The UFC should announce a suspension and/or a fine. Even if they’re not bothered by this or if they like it, they need to publicly say they are. You can’t have two guys having a fight backstage. They can make the suspensions three months if they want, so they don’t really matter, but they have to do something. They can’t just allow this to go by without doing something. Depending on your viewpoint, this may or may not be a big deal, but you can’t say it’s no deal.

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