By: Frank Hyden, MMATorch Senior Columnist
UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Allen was this past weekend and featured
some big name fighters. Who won and who lost? Let’s get to the
UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Allen
GOOD- Rafa Garcia vs. Clay Guida
Both fighters are primarily just boxing in the first round. Guida’s
throwing more but Garcia is more accurate. The second round is largely
a repeat of the first round, it’s mainly boxing and Garcia is working
his jab well. The third round is the same as well. Guida’s cardio is
still strong but Garcia’s striking technique is just better tonight.
We go to the judges and Garcia wins the decision. Garcia improves to
15-3 while Guida drops to 38-23 and has alternated wins and losses in
his last 7 fights. Good win for Garcia.
GOOD- Pedro Munhoz vs. Chris Gutierrez
They exchange kicks early before Munhoz drops Gutierrez with a left
hook and Munhoz works some ground-and-pound for a while. Gutierrez
works his way back to his feet and punishes Munhoz with some nice
strikes before the first round ends. The second round begins with them
trading a lot of low kicks. The kicks are bothering Gutierrez, who’s
firing back with some nice jabs. The third round opens with both men
throwing a lot of strikes. Gutierrez is controlling things much better
in this round but it’s too late. We go to the judges and Munhoz wins
the decision and improves to 20-7 with 2 No Contests while Gutierrez
drops to 19-5-2 and is 7-0-1 in his last 8 fights. Good win for
GOOD- Ion Cutelaba stops Tanner Boser
Cutelaba is landing a lot of strikes early, dropping Boser for a
moment. Cutelaba then gets a takedown and goes to work, pummeling
Boser until the referee is forced to jump in to stop the fight a
little over two minutes into the first round. Cutelaba improves to
17-9-1 with 1 No Contest and snaps his 3 fight losing streak while
Boser drops to 20-10-1. Good win for Cutelaba.
GOOD- Azamat Murzakanov vs. Dustin Jacoby
They trade a lot of strikes early until Murzakanov drops Jacoby with a
jab. Jacoby is right back up, though, and they go back to striking.
Murzakanov gets a takedown and the first round ends with them
striking. The second round starts with more striking exchanges. Jacoby
is working his jab well but is eating a lot of counters. Murzakanov
drops Jacoby with a big left hand but he can’t finish him and the
second round ends. The third round begins with Jacoby fighting with
urgency, which you always love from a guy who knows he’s down in a
fight. Jacoby is landing some good strikes and even gets a takedown
but the fight ends and we’re going to the judges. Murzakanov wins the
decision and remains undefeated at 13-0 while Jacoby drops to 18-7-1.
Good win for Murzakanov.
GOOD- Edson Barboza stops Billy Quarantillo
Barboza is landing some sharp kicks to the body and to the legs early.
Quarantillo lands a few nice strikes of his own and is showing good
toughness until Barboza obliterates him with a knee to the face as
Quarantillo is leaning in. A fantastic highlight reel knockout a
little over halfway through the first round. Barboza improves to 23-11
while Quarantillo drops to 17-5. Good win for Barboza.
GOOD- Max Holloway vs. Arnold Allen
The first round saw some good striking. Not an especially quick pace,
as they prepare to go five full rounds, but both men land some nice
strikes. Holloway is connecting with more, though. The second round is
a repeat, as Holloway continues to throw and land more strikes. He’s
busting Allen up, though Allen is also landing some good power punches
every so often. The third round is slower but otherwise also a repeat,
with Holloway landing more often. The fourth round is also a lot of
boxing, though there’s a good amount of kicks being mixed in as well.
Allen has his best round in the fifth round as he lands some hard
shots. Holloway did get a late knockdown, though. This was a Max
Holloway fight. He threw more strikes, connected with more, and
largely controlled the pacing. We go to the judges and Holloway wins
the decision. Allen fought well and with urgency in the later rounds
(especially in the fifth round) but Holloway is just too good. He
hasn’t gotten a finish in almost four and a half years but he’s also
been fighting some really tough guys. One look at Allen’s face after
the fight tells you all you need to know about how much damage
Holloway can do to you. To be fair, Holloway’s face was also looking a
little worse for wear after the fight, leading to a great line from
Max about Allen putting his modeling career in jeopardy. Holloway has
also landed 3,122 significant strikes in the UFC. Second place is
Frankie Edgar with 1,801. That tells you that when you fight Max
Holloway you’re gonna be hit hard and often. Holloway improves to 24-7
while Allen drops to 19-2 and has his 12 fight winning streak snapped.
Good win for Holloway.
GOOD- Zak Cummings and Ed Herman retire
Cummings and Herman fought each other on the card, a fight Cummings
won by TKO a little over four minutes into the third round. But the
important thing is they both retired after good careers. Cummings
finishes with a 25-7 record while Herman finishes at 26-16 with 1 No
Contest. I wish them well in their lives after fighting.
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