UFC Fight Night Review 12/5/2020

Eat your Heart out Arn Anderson

Matt Wiman vs. Jordan Leavitt

Lightweight Fight

This fight barely lasted 30 seconds.  Leavitt went for a double leg takedown and Wiman tried to counter by wrapping his legs around Leavitt.  Leavitt simply picked him up and walked him across the octagon.  Levitt thunderously dropped Wiman to the mat, and the impact alone was enough to knock out Wiman.  Leavitt looked visibly uncomfortable after Wiman went out.  This was a very impressive showing for Leavitt.

Rating: 8.5/10

Result: 1st Round Knockout for Jordan Leavitt (:22)

One Alarm Fire

Roman Dolidze vs. John Allan

Light Heavyweight Fight

This fight started just as fast as it was expected to.  Dolidze got Allan to the ground early and went for that signature heel hold, but Allan was able to escape.  The rest of the first round was most standing up and Allan certainly got the better of most of the exchanges.  Dolidze got another submission attempt after he knocked down Allan with an accidental headbutt.  The second round decidedly went to Dolidze, he got top position and proceeded to hammer Allan until the 10 second mark.  Dolidze ran the third round as well.  Allan had his moments, but whenever he got close he would be put on his back again.  This fight had promise of being explosive, it didn’t deliver.  It was a very impressive performance by Dolidze though.  The split decision is a shock, Dolidze clearly won this fight.

Rating: 8/10

Result: Split Decision for Roman Dolidze

The Bear “Knee”cessities

Gabriel Benitez vs. Justin Jaynes

Lightweight Fight

Only needed one round for this one.  Jaynes was eating a lot of shots throughout the fight, and Benitez was more than happy to keep throwing.  After a short stoppage because of an inadvertent low blow, Benitez hit a massive knee to Jayne’s chest and followed up with some serious ground and pound.  That was the end of that.  We got to see some great lightweights showcased tonight.  Benitez is part of the new Central American revolution taking place under 170 pounds in UFC.

Rating: 8/10

Result: 1st Round TKO for Gabriel “Mowgli” Benitez

Standing KO

Ovince Saint Preux vs. Jamahal Hill

Light Heavyweight Fight

The first round of this one was how big guys feel each other out.  There was a lot of heavy striking, but no one got a clear advantage.  Hill got Saint Preux against the cage and started throwing bombs.  Hill just threw gorgeous combinations until the ref stopped the fight.  OSP never came off his feet but he was definitely out of it.  Hill just took a  huge step forward in the Light Heavyweight division.

Rating: 8.5/10

Result: 2nd Round TKO for Jamahal Hill

Main Event

Jack Hermansson vs. Marvin Vettori

Middleweight Fight

Vettori started out on fire.  He got Hermansson to the ground and tried to finish him, but Hermansson was ready for it.  Vettori tried for a couple guillotine chokes but nothing stayed put.  A dominating round for Vettori regardless.  Vettori added a lot more time to his ground control clock in the 2nd round.  They got back to their feet for the 2nd half of the round and it was fairly back and forth, but I’d give a slight edge to Vettori.  The 3rd round was a very different story, it was entirely standing and Hermansson certainly got the better of it.  Hermansson threw very smart punches and continued to wear down Vettori with his head kicks.  The 4th round was very back and forth and is tough to say who did more, but Vettori certainly adapted from the 3rd round.  There was a consensus between these two men in the 5th round, and it was that they were done with mixed martial arts.  They started brawling like grown men.  Great fight, main event worthy.  There was an incredible showing of respect after the decision was announced.  If tag team MMA existed, these two would partner up and hold the Middleweight belts for at least 8 years.

Rating: 9/10

Result: Unanimous Decision for Marvin Vetorri

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