Saturday’s UFC Mexico Metropolis occasion is within the books, and now that the mud has settled in Mexico, it’s time to go to the scorecard to see who the large winners have been at Area Ciudad de Mexico.
Sergio Pettis would be the youthful brother of former UFC light-weight champion Anthony Pettis, however he by no means acquired caught up in that syndrome of making an attempt to catch as much as his huge bro or go flying off cages to discover a place on the identical spotlight reels. He’s all the time been his personal man, mature past his years, and perhaps due to that, some individuals have slept on the gifted Milwaukee native. But final Saturday, as he scored his fourth consecutive win over Brandon Moreno, Pettis can’t be ignored anymore. With a disciplined effort, lovely method, and the power to return again from adversity, he delivered an entire efficiency. Is he prepared for champion Demetrious Johnson but? Is anyone prepared for Demetrious Johnson? I say give him one or two extra fights to realize expertise, and shortly we could also be asking if the remainder of the division is prepared for Sergio Pettis.
It might be protected to say that for those who’re a scorching prospect within the flyweight division, Dustin Ortiz isn’t the man you need to see throughout from you on struggle night time. Ray Borg, Justin Scoggins and Willie Gates all fell to the Franklin, Tennessee standout, and final weekend, Hector Sandoval joined that listing, as he acquired knocked out in 15 seconds by Ortiz. After going 1-three in his earlier 4, it was the type of emphatic win Ortiz wanted to maintain his prime 15 rating, and if he needs to maneuver up, he’s obtained to maneuver previous these “gatekeeper” sort fights and beat the highest weapons within the prime ten. He’s received the expertise and expertise to do it; now he’s acquired to ship towards the contenders like he does towards the rising stars.
Born in Sweden and dwelling in Norway, Jack Hermansson discovered himself in Mexico Metropolis Saturday night time, however the altitude was apparently not going to be a problem for “The Joker,” as he halted Brad Scott in lower than 4 minutes. A floor-and-pound specialist, Hermansson put his cash the place his mouth is, brilliantly displaying off a misplaced artwork lately. It’s not straightforward taking a gifted opponent like Scott to the mat then ending him off with strikes, however Hermansson acquired the job with what Jon Anik would name “Fashion factors.” Hermansson vs. one other GNP specialist in Elias Theodorou? Signal me up.
As I wrote final week, Humberto Bandenay was getting into his UFC debut towards unbeaten Martin Bravo with a heavy coronary heart after the current passing of his father. Add this to the standard UFC jitters and the prospect of dealing with a closely favored opponent in that opponent’s residence nation, and issues weren’t wanting good for the 22-yr-previous from Peru. Oh, did I point out that he took the struggle on two weeks’ discover? Briefly, all the chances have been towards Bandenay, however in simply 26 seconds, he silenced an area and introduced his arrival to the large present. His spotlight reel knockout of Bravo was one of many extra spectacular debuts we’ve seen shortly, and figuring out what it took for Bandenay to get right here makes the story even higher.
Niko Worth is a type of fighters that, win or lose, will all the time be enjoyable to observe. He simply has that angle and elegance that doesn’t permit him to be in a boring battle. However he hasn’t misplaced but, and given his knockout of the sturdy Alan Jouban on Saturday, he might not for a very long time. On paper, this matchup was Struggle of the Night time materials, however as quickly because it began, every welterweight was throwing with struggle-ending intentions, which meant the thought of a 15-minute conflict wasn’t wanting too promising. And that conflict didn’t materialize, a testomony to Worth’s energy and ending instincts, each of which make him a scary man in a scary division.