By: Frank Hyden, MMATorch Senior Columnist
UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Vieira was last night and featured a lot of
decisions on the main card. Let’s get to the rundown.
UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Vieira
GOOD- Eryk Anders vs. Jun Yong Park
Park opens with some kicks then grabs Anders as he shoots in. They
separate and Anders keeps working the left hand. They trade strikes
back and forth as Anders tries for another takedown but can’t get it.
He tries again and gets Park down to close the first round. The second
round opens with some quick hooks from Parks and Anders gets another
takedown. Parks is right back up, though, and they trade leather for a
bit. Another low blow and now both men have been hit low. Anders tries
for another takedown but can’t get it. Anders tries another few times
for a takedown and eventually gets another one before the round ends.
The third round sees Park fight another several more takedown attempts
as he batters Anders with strikes. It goes to decision and Park wins
by Split Decision. Park improves to 14-5 while Anders drops to 14-7
with 1 No Contest. Good win for Park.
GOOD- Tabatha Ricci vs. Polyana Viana
Ricci got an early takedown but nothing came of it and they stood up.
Ricci got her down again but Viana fought well off her back. In the
second round they traded some kicks and mixed in some punches before
Ricci got another takedown. Viana threatened some submissions and got
back up but Ricci took her down again to end the round. The third
round saw an early striking exchange before Ricci got a takedown and
they kicked at each other’s legs for a while before the fight ended.
Ricci won the decision and improves to 7-1 while Viana falls to 12-5.
Good win for Ricci.
GOOD- Chidi Njokuani stops Dusko Todorovic
They trade kicks early until Todorovic gets a takedown. Njokuani
threatens a submission, though, and hits him with some knees before an
elbow knocks Todorovic out with about ten seconds left in the first
round. Njokuani wins and improves to 22-7 with 1 No Contest and has
won 4 fights in a row while Todorovic drops to 11-3. Good win for
GOOD- Michel Pereira vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
They traded a lot of strikes in this fight. They both showed good
toughness to absorb the punishment that was dealt out in this fight.
It was a really close fight that saw a lot of big strikes land. There
were low kicks, jabs, kicks to the body, knees, elbows, about every
punch you can think of, but none of it was enough. These guys never
slowed down and only somewhat showed the signs of the damage inflicted
upon them. Hell of a fight. This was a tough-nosed tenacious fight
that ended in Split Decision with Pereira getting the nod. Pereira
improves to 28-11 with 2 No Contests and has won 5 fights in a row
while Ponzinibbio drops to 28-6. Good win for Pereira.
GOOD/BAD- Holly Holm vs. Ketlen Vieira
They traded a lot of strikes in this one and I thought Holm won the
fight. I personally had Holm winning Rounds 1, 3, and 5 for sure and
to be honest it felt like she won Round 4 as well but I guess I could
see it for Vieira. I don’t know, though, maybe I’m misremembering
something or have it wrong or something so maybe Vieira gets two
rounds. However, I still strongly maintain that Holm won three rounds
and should have gotten the decision. Instead, Vieira wins the Split
Decision. I don’t agree at all, I think that’s terrible judging. Two
of the judges gave Vieira Round 3, which doesn’t make sense to me. I
don’t know, I guess I’m wrong. Anyway, Vieira wins and improves to
13-2 while Holm drops to 14-6. It’s a win for Vieira.
Junior dos Santos lost his Eagle FC debut against Yorgan De Castro due
to a dislocated shoulder in Round 3. It’s very unfortunate because he
was likely up on the scorecards at the time and this brings problems
to a potential fight with Fedor Emelianenko that could have happened
if he had won. JDS’s right shoulder popped out as he threw a punch. I
don’t get how it happened, that’s just some bad luck.
Anderson Silva scored a big knockdown in the fifth round but his
exhibition boxing match with Bruno Machado the other day went the
distance. He looked pretty good, especially for a 47 year old man.
It’s unclear what his next move is.
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