HYDEN BLOG: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly from Bellator 234 and UFC Sao Paulo

Frank Hyden MMATorch Columnist

UFC Sao Paulo
Apr 27, 2019; Sunrise, FL, USA; Jacare Souza (red gloves) fights Jack Hermansson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Bellator 234 and UFC Sao Paulo were both this past weekend. Let’s get right to the rundown.

HYDEN BLOG: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly from Bellator 234 and UFC Sao Paulo

Bellator 234

GOOD- Austin Vanderford vs. Grachik Bozinyan

This was a nice and solid fight. Vanderford won the decision with three 29-28 scorecards from the judges, having won the last two rounds. Good win for Vanderford.

GOOD- Haim Gozali submits Artur Pronin

Gozali kept going for submissions but Pronin was able to escape them until late in the first round when Gozali locked in a heel hook that Pronin had to tap to. I like the tenacity from Gozali and the defense from Pronin was nice as well. Good win for Gozali, who announced his retirement after the fight. That’s a great way to wrap up his career.

GOOD- Aviv Gozali submits Zaka Fatullazade

Haim’s son Aviv continued to impress here, as he came out aggressive and took Fatullazade down quickly and then locked in an anaconda choke to get the submission win less than a minute into the first round. Good win for Gozali.

GOOD/BAD- Sidney Outlaw vs. Roger Huerta

The story of this fight was the takedowns of Outlaw, he had several of them throughout the fight that Huerta couldn’t stop. The BAD comes from the fact that you knew exactly what the end result was going to be not even halfway through the second round. Huerta couldn’t stop the takedowns but Outlaw couldn’t do much after he got them as Huerta would defend fairly well. It’s no fault of either fighter really, but this wasn’t a very exciting fight.

GOOD- Linton Vassell stops Sergei Kharitonov

Kharitonov was one-dimensional in his attack and Vassell made him pay. He started hurting him in the first round, but it was in the second round where he really took it to him, landing a bunch of unanswered strikes from on top to force the stoppage. Good win for Vassell.

UFC Sao Paulo

GOOD/BAD- Markus Perez vs. Wellington Turman

The best thing I could say about this fight is that it was solid. It wasn’t great by any means and it had some dull moments, but it was fine. Turman won the decision, good win for him.

BAD- Antonio Arroyo vs. Andre Muniz

This was a bad and dull fight. There were literally long stretches where nothing happened. Once it was after a Muniz takedown and another where both fighters just started at each other for what seemed like an eternity. Muniz won the decision, good for him I guess.

GOOD- Charles Oliviera stops Jared Gordon

Things were even early until Oliviera caught Gordon with a nice counter right hand then a big uppercut to end the fight about a minute and a half into the first round. Good win for Oliviera.

GOOD/BAD- Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Paul Craig

This was a really close fight, as evidenced by it being ruled a split draw. They went back and forth but there was also stretches where not a lot happened, especially the second round and large parts of the third round. With this being a split draw, it’s almost as if it never happened. That’s disappointing in and of itself.

BAD/GOOD- Jan Blachowicz vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza

There was a lot of clinch work in this one. That’s not necessarily a bad thing but it’s usually not a good thing. This was one of those five round fights that would have felt too long if it were three rounds. Blachowicz won the split decision. I thought he won by clear decision but I might be wrong. I don’t plan on rewatching this so I’ll just say I was wrong. Jacare’s light heavyweight debut didn’t go so well. Nice win for Blachowicz, I guess.

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