By: Frank Hyden, MMATorch Senior Columnist
UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Vettori was this past weekend. Let’s get to the rundown.
UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Vettori
GOOD-Jordan Leavitt stops Matt Wiman
Leavitt grabbed a double and slammed Wiman incredibly hard. That ended the fight just over twenty seconds into the first round. Good win for Leavitt.
GOOD/BAD- John Allan vs. Roman Dolidze
These guys traded strikes early and often, and also grappled on the ground. Dolidze got the better of it, but Allan fought well. Dolidze got the decision from two of the judges but one of the judges gave Allan the nod. I disagree with that but at least Dolidze still got the win. The commentators weren’t happy with this, nor was Dana White. It’s hard to blame them, this kind of stuff happens, but it always sucks when it happens to lesser known guys. Still though, at least Dolidze won. Good win for him.
GOOD- Gabriel Benitez stops Justin Jaynes
They traded some hard strikes early, with Jaynes showing good toughness in taking big shots but still coming forward. This kept on until Benitez crushed Jaynes with a big knee to the body. He crumpled and Benitez pounced with some strikes and got the ref stoppage a bit over four minutes into the first round. Good win for Benitez.
GOOD- Jamahal Hill stops Ovince Saint Preux
The first round saw a lot of good strikes from both guys. Saint Preux landed some good kicks while Hill some good combos. The second round started much the same, with good kicks from Saint Preux and nice combos from Hill, until Hill blasted Saint Preux with a big right hook that hurt him. Hill jumped him with punches and got the finish a little over three and a half minutes into the second round. Big win for Hill.
GOOD- Jack Hermansson vs. Marvin Vettori
Vettori dropped Hermansson in the first round but wasn’t able to finish him. Vettori turned up the heat in the second round, landing even more strikes, including some body shots. Hermansson came back in the third round, being much more active with his striking. Vettori had some nice counters but Hermansson landed some good combos. The fourth round saw Vettori turn it up again, although Hermansson had some really good moments of his own. They turned it up even more in the fifth round, with plenty of big combos and heavy shots to go around. Good toughness shown by both men to take that punishment and keep coming. They were fighting in a phonebooth for much of the round, with Vettori seemingly getting the better of it but this was another close round. Vettori got the decision victory, good win for him.
Yoel Romero was released by the UFC last week and he won’t be the only big name released, apparently. Dana White recently said that the UFC is going to be making a lot of cuts, calling their roster overinflated. It always sucks to see people lose their jobs but it’s sadly a fact of business. Romero had lost four out of his last five fights and is 43 years old. White talked about making sixty cuts. That’s a lot of names about to be out of the company. I imagine Bellator will look at least a few of the names.
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