HYDEN BLOG: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly from UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Pyfer

By: Frank Hyden, MMATorch Senior Columnist

UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Pyfer was this past weekend and featured a few exciting fights and some other solid ones. Who won and who lost? Let’s get to the rundown.

UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Pyfer
GOOD- Rodolfo Vieira submits Arman Petrosyan
Petrosyan is hammering home a bunch of low kicks early while Vieira opts for mostly jabs. They both start mixing their strikes up before
Vieira gets a takedown. Petrosyan works his way back to his feet but gets taken back down. That happens again but this time Vieira slams
Petrosyan to the mat. Vieira moves to mount and they scramble for a moment before Vieira locks in an arm triangle choke to get the submission with a little over ten seconds remaining in the first round. Vieira improves to 10-2 while Petrosyan drops to 9-3. Good win for Vieira.

GOOD- Michael Johnson vs. Darrius Flowers
They trade kicks and jabs early. Then they each begin to attack the
body. Johnson gets a late takedown just before the first round ends.
The second round begins with more body strikes from Johnson and they’re taking a toll on Flowers. Johnson gets another takedown
halfway through the round. He doesn’t do much with it and Flowers
stands. However, Johnson takes him right back down and the second round ends. The third round starts with more striking before a
potential headbutt from Johnson sends Flowers to the mat. Not a lot
happens and Flowers works his way to his feet. The fight ends so we go
to the judges to render their verdict. Johnson wins the decision and
improves to 22-19 while Flowers drops to 12-7-1. Good win for Johnson.

GOOD- Gregory Rodrigues stops Brad Tavares
They’re exchanging heavy strikes early and often. Rodrigues seems to
be landing the heavier strikes, though Tavares is returning fire with
his own. They keep swinging away for the rest of the first round. The second round begins with more of the same, with each man throwing and
landing some heavy hands. They both mix things up well with kicks and
knees but it’s the punches that are really flying. Rodrigues gets a takedown at the end of the second round. The third round starts with
some low kicks from Rodrigues before he starts unleashing hell on Tavares with several huge right hands to force the referee to jump in
to stop the fight not quite a minute into the third round. Rodrigues
improves to 15-5 while Tavares drops to 20-9. Good win for Rodrigues.

GOOD- Robert Bryczek vs. Ihor Potieira
Potieira starts off with some kicks before Bryczek pokes him in the eye. They restart and each land some strikes before Potieira gets hit
low by Bryczek. The first round ends with a striking exchange. The second round begins with more striking exchanges but none of them are
very damaging. There’s not a lot happening here and the second round
ends. The third round starts with Bryczek hurting Potieira with a big left hook but backs away and doesn’t press his advantage. Potieira
fires back and they’re trading heavy fire. They both make it through
until the fight ends. We go to the judges to render their verdict.
Potieira wins the decision and improves to 20-5 while Bryczek drops to
17-6 and has his 5 fight winning streak snapped. Good win for

GOOD- Dan Ige stops Andre Fili
Fili starts with jabs while Ige works the leg kicks. Neither man does anything for quite a while as they try to find the range for their
punches. Suddenly, Fili steps in to land a punch but gets annihilated
by an overhand right from Ige. Fili’s out right away but for some
unknown reason the referee lets him take one more punch before
stepping in to stop the fight a bit over halfway through the first
round. That should be a fine or something. Ige improves to 18-7 while Fili drops to 23-11 with 1 No Contest. Good win for Ige.

GOOD- Jack Hermansson vs. Joe Pyfer
Pyfer stuns Hermansson with a big left hook early. Pyfer works in some
nice kicks as well. Hermansson fires back with strikes of his own as the first round ends. The second round begins with them exchanging
punches before mixing in some kicks. Pyfer’s landing the heavier
strikes, no surprise there, but Hermansson’s still in there fighting
as the second round ends. The third round starts with both men working
the jab. Hermansson is landing some leg kicks that are slowing Pyfer down. Pyfer is fighting through it, though, but Hermansson is starting
to land more and more. The third round ends as Pyfer tries for a
takedown. The fourth round opens with more calf kicks from Hermansson.
The momentum has completely shifted to Hermansson. Pyfer’s still swinging and landing some nice strikes but Hermansson is starting to
pull away. Pyfer tries for another takedown but can’t get it and the fourth round ends. The fifth round begins with some good punches being traded. Hermansson lands a few more calf kicks before getting a takedown. Not a lot happens there and the fight ends. We go to the
judges to render their verdict. Hermansson wins the decision and improves to 24-8 and has alternated wins and losses in his last 9 fights while Pyfer drops to 12-3 and has his 5 fight winning streak snapped. Good win for Hermansson.

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