UFC 257 Review

Amanda Ribas vs. Marina Rodriguez

Women’s Strawweight Fight

This was a great Brazilian style fight where it went to the ground fast.  Rodriguez always seemed to have the octagon in her control.  This was an interesting finish as it was called for while both fighters were on their feet.  Ribas didn’t seem too upset with the stoppage as she certainly looked like she had no idea where she was.  This was a good win for Rodriguez on a stage like this.

Result: 2nd Round TKO for Marina Rodriguez

Rating: 8/10

Andrew Sanchez vs. Makhmud Muradov

Middleweight Fight

This was a slow buildup fight that was much more on-sided than it looked.  Muradov really had a plan in this one and he executed it to perfection.  Sanchez just didn’t seem ready for the heavy hands.  Look out for these fighters from former Soviet republics, they train hard and want to make a name for themselves.

Result: 3rd Round TKO for Makhmud Muradov

Rating: 8/10

Jessica Eye vs. Joanne Calderwood

Women’s Flyweight Fight

These two want a title shot.  Calderwood had one philosophy, swing away.  Calderwood has been trying to climb the ladder for another shot for a while and this was a great opponent to get a victory over.  It’s always great to see two UFC originals slugging it out.  Calderwood might be tapped for a title shot soon, maybe this will be the time she gets it done.

Result: Unanimous Decision for Joanne Calderwood

Rating: 8/10

Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler

Lightweight Fight

That didn’t take long at all.  Iron sharpens Iron and that was proven again.  Chandler simply beat Hooker’s head in to such a point that the ref had no choice.  Hooker didn’t really go out or even get woozy, he just stopped defending himself.  Chandler didn’t just open the door, he kicked it down.

Result: 1st Round TKO for Michael Chandler

Rating: 9/10

Main Event

Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor

Lightweight Fight

McGregor seemed to be exceedingly comfortable in the first round, he worked in a jab, used his feet, and worked a clinch to perfection.  Conor threw a bunch of his signature “shoulder strikes” where he quite literally throws his shoulder like a punch.  The second round was a completely different story, Poirier worked the leg kick on McGregor and started slipping McGregor’s shots.  He found an opening and capitalized big time by catching McGregor on the cage and putting him down.  One big right hand was enough for the ref to stop the fight.  This should be an absolutely automatic title shot for Poirier.

Result: 2nd Round TKO for Dustin Poirier

Rating: 9/10

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