Here’s everything that happened at UFC Vegas 43 last night
Last night (Saturday, November 20, 2021), the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) stayed in Las Vegas, Nevada for UFC Vegas 43. In the main event, former bantamweight champion Miesha Tate looked to continue. his unlikely title against Ketlen Vieira, while the co-main featured a high-profile grappler collision in Michael Chiesa and Sean Brady. Even with a last-second COVID-19 cancellation, 11 fights took place inside UFC Apex.
It wasn’t the best UFC event in history, but let’s take a look at the best performances and techniques anyway:
I’m doing my best to keep this column pretty positive. I have sympathy for fighters who make bad decisions or perform poorly. There’s a lot going on inside that octagon, and it’s happening. Ideally, the winner and his talent are highlighted, while the loser is lightly criticized at worst.
So, with that in mind, how do you discuss the main event without just talking about it? Vieira definitely hits hard. Tate is still a hell of a game. Unfortunately, neither showed a great ability to adapt on the fly, which made 25 minutes extremely repetitive. It just wasn’t much fun and neither of them looked so good, so … let’s move on?
Look, I knew Brady was a talented wrestler with a black belt in jiu-jitsu, but am I the only one who expected him to use a strategy plan of spreading and brawling against a well-established grinder? in Chiesa?
I might be on my own in this case, but Brady shocked me by consistently beating Chiesa, racking up long stretches of back control to sway the decision in his favor. Equally unexpected was Chiesa’s sharp left hand, which was repeatedly the most damaging blow in the fight against the man I thought I knew to be the sharpest boxer!
Either way, Brady did a good fight, proving himself to be one of the top contenders at 170 pounds. Chiesa, meanwhile, may not have an argument for victory, but he should be proud. The finish didn’t materialize in the third, but he fought really well and tried to rally, doing everything one could hope for from a fighter on the cards.
Santos secures his shot
Taila Santos announced herself as one of the top contenders last night.
19-1 as a pro, Santos decimated Joanne Wood last night. Wood is known for her very competitive fights with a big part of the Top 10 flyweight, but Santos has proven to be way beyond the veteran. Immediately she was the fastest woman, and soon after that resulted in several huge right hand connections.
As a result, Wood hit the mat twice in the first round. She bravely tried to survive, but Santos jumped on the back and got the choke soon after. At this point, no one will be anything less than a huge underdog against Valentina Shevchenko, so isn’t it at least a little more optimistic to send a finish to the lion’s den?
Banger weight banger
Adrian Yanez vs. Davey Grant has lived up to expectations.
Grant 2.0 debuted somewhere in 2020, and he more than ever lived up to his nickname of “Dangerous”. The veteran has turned into an unorthodox but incredibly violent kickboxer, and he did his best to remove Yanez’s head last night.
Very early on, Yanez’s profession won the discussions. The prospect controls reach so well and expertly chooses his shots, landing nice body tears and cutting low kicks whenever Grant was backed up too close to the fence. Additionally, Yanez landed big on the counter, dodging under Grant’s swings and firing back immediately.
Grant did not go quietly, however. He was attacking the calf himself and digging front kicks in the middle, and when combined with gigantic swinging hooks he started to land. Yanez’s head movement kept his face clean enough, but Grant still did some damage, including swelling Yanez’s ear like a little peach.
The fight was up for grabs in the third, and the jab won the day. Yanez continued to bloody his foe’s cup while slowing the madness down, clearly gaining the upper hand in the final frame. This gave Yanez a great victory, his fourth in a row, and further proof that Yanez is destined for the top flight in the division.
- Patrick Sabatini beats Tucker Lutz by unanimous decision: It wasn’t necessarily the most entertaining fight ever, but it was a dominant display. The former CFFC champion claimed his third consecutive Octagon victory with relative ease, consistently beating his opponent in every round with powerful double legs and tough inside moves. Once on the mat, Sabatini showcased her black belt jiu-jitsu skills, achieving excellent positions and holding them for long periods of time. Submission has not emerged, but Sabatini remains to be watched at 145 pounds.
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