UFC Vegas 53 + MMA Weekly Report

UFC Vegas 52 was a firecracker with so many first-round stoppages. We’ve seen so many rare stoppages, especially in the main card. It was one of the most entertaining fight nights, even for the hardcore MMA fans!

The 50k Fight of the Night bonus was given to heavy-handed welterweights Sergey Khandozhko and Dwight Grant. The two amazing Octagon warriors battled back and forth with both scoring knockdowns before the Russian knockout artist stopped the American with a flurry of fists in the second round.

Jessica Andrade pulled out a historical rare standing arm-triangle choke win against the cage versus Amanda Lemos for a Performance of the Night award.

The other 50k POTN bonus went in the hands of Claudio Puelles, who surprised the lightweight veteran Clay Guida with a first-round kneebar victory.

Charles Jourdain scored a rare one-arm guillotine choke victory over Lando Vannata, while Marc-Andre Barriault wrapped his hands around Jordan Wright’s neck for a hard-to-perform mounted guillotine choke win. Tyson Pedro chopped Ike Villanueva down with calf kicks then turned the lights out via uppercuts for his first finish in the last four years. Overall, great card!

Liz Carmouche scored the controversial fourth-round stoppage against Juliana Velasquez in the main event of Bellator 278.

Bellator 279 was pretty much a technical card. Cris Cyborg retained the title in an epic five-round battle against Arlene Blencowe. Raufeon Stots became the first person to KO Juan Archuleta and earned the Bellator bantamweight interim belt. Justin Kish pulled out an upset against Ilima Lei-Macfarlane, while Patchy Mix out-grappled Kyoji Horiguchi.

UFC Vegas 53 takes place in Sin City, Nevada again. You can watch it on ESPN+, and it kicks off on Saturday at 4:30 PM ET.

UFC fight night font vs vera

Image source: @ufc Twitter

The event is headlined by the bantamweight contest between heavy-handed boxer/calf kick specialist Rob Font and BJJ black belt and all-time greatest Ecuadorian mixed martial artist Marlon Vera.

Vera improved his quickness and kicks a lot in the last few months thanks to spending hours in the gym, which resulted in a front kick victory over the former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar at UFC 268. Rob Font likes to combine speed bag and heavy bag sessions, which turns him into one of the trickiest strikers at 135 thanks to his top-notch lateral moves. His takedown defense is pretty decent too.

Prediction: Font to win (-140)

The co-main event of the evening brings the battle between the legendary former UFC heavyweight king Andrei Arlovski and tricky all-around Missouri-native Jake Collier. Jake’s stand-up combos are dangerous, but Arlovski’s chin and ducking skills are decent. The bout could go all the way thanks to Arlovski’s excellent counter-wrestling and reactive takedown skills. The Belarusian still deadlifts at the age of 43.

Prediction: the fight goes the distance, or Arlovski to win (-140)

You can see my predictions here:

Here is the whole card, but please check this link cause there is a possibility of last-minute changes. https://www.tapology.com/fightcenter/events/86142-ufc-fight-night

Main Card (ESPN+, UFC On Fight Pass), 4:30 PM ET, 9:30 PM UK

Bantamweight: Rob Font (19-5-0) vs. Marlon Vera (20-7-1)

Heavyweight: Jake Collier (13-6-0) vs. Andrei Arlovski (33-20-0)

Featherweight: Andre Fili (21-8-0) vs. Joanderson Brito (12-3-1)

Lightweight: Jared Gordon (18-4-0) vs. Grant Dawson (17-1-1)

Featherweight: Darren Elkins (26-10-0) vs. Tristan Connelly (14-7-0)

Middleweight: Gerald Meerschaert (34-14-0) vs. Krzysztof Jotko (23-5-0)

Prelims (ESPN+, UFC On Fight Pass), 7:30 PM ET, 00:30 AM UK

Flyweight: Daniel da Silva (11-2-0) vs. Francisco Figueiredo (12-4-1)

Welterweight: Yohan Lainesse (8-0-0) vs. Gabe Green (10-3-0)

Welterweight: Mike Breeden (10-4-0) vs. Natan Levy (6-1-0)

Flyweight: Gina Mazany (7-5-0) vs. Shanna Young (7-4-0)

Flyweight: Tatsuro Taira (10-0-0) vs. Carlos Candelario (8-1-0)

Heavyweight: Alexandr Romanov (15-0-0) vs. Chase Sherman (15-9-0)

Enjoy this weekend and get ready for the fabulous UFC 274 performance in 2 weeks, those title bouts are gonna rock!


1 Comment
  1. […] UFC Vegas 53 wasn’t a promising card. It was headlined by the 135-pound combat between Marlon Vera and Rob Font, where the Ecuadorian competitor knocked down the Puerto-Rican punching specialist many times in a technical, bloody, and battered 5-round affair en his route to a unanimous decision win. Both fighters were awarded the extra 50k for the Fight of the Night bonus. […]

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