Saturday’s UFC Norfolk occasion is within the books, and now that the mud has settled in Virginia, it’s time to go to the scorecard to see who the massive winners had been at Ted Fixed Convocation Middle.
1 – Dustin Poirier
One in every of combined martial arts’ good guys, Dustin Poirier will probably be auctioning off the combat package used for Saturday’s bout in opposition to Anthony Pettis to boost cash for the household of Lafayette police officer Michael Middlebrook, who was killed within the line of obligation in October (see public sale right here). Whoever wins that public sale may have some memento after Poirier’s thrilling (and bloody) win over Anthony Pettis. However misplaced within the visceral thrills of the conflict between two WEC veterans was that “The Diamond” caught to the sport plan and didn’t get locked right into a standup conflict with Pettis. That evolution goes to serve him effectively as he takes his subsequent steps towards a light-weight title shot. The winner of Eddie Alvarez–Justin Gaethje after which a crack on the belt? Sounds good to me.
2 – Matt Brown
Once I spoke to Matt Brown earlier than his Saturday bout in opposition to Diego Sanchez, it was clear that he was on the fence about retiring from the game. So I requested him for a favor, saying that if he was going to formally stroll away, go away it till later this 12 months so the man who’s been overlaying his profession since 2008 might have Sunday off with out having to jot down a bit about his retirement. Brown laughed, agreed, and was a person of his phrase. I had Sunday off. However in all seriousness, I’m a agency believer that the one one who has a proper to make a retirement name on this enterprise is the fighter, so that call is for Matt Brown to make. Would a single elbow knockout be the right option to stroll off into the sundown? Sure. However along with Saturday’s bout, I believed Brown seemed sharp in opposition to Donald Cerrone as effectively, so there could also be extra to offer from “The Immortal.” However once more, that’s his name to make, and if it’s the finish, wow, what a journey it’s been to observe and an honor to cowl.
three – Clay Guida
There aren’t too many individuals I like extra on this sport – professionally and personally – than Clay Guida and Joe Lauzon. So in an ideal world, the 2 of them would have fought to an epic three-round draw Saturday evening that had a Struggle of the Evening bonus hooked up to it. That didn’t occur as a result of one of the best case situation for individuals you want normally doesn’t occur within the combat enterprise. However whereas I really feel for Joe after his defeat, I additionally really feel joyful for Guida after his second straight spectacular win since returning to 155 kilos. Keep in mind, it is a man in his mid-thirties who obtained written off after two losses to Brian Ortega and Thiago Tavares at featherweight. But “The Carpenter” has seemed higher than ever at light-weight in 2017, and if anybody earned this second life within the UFC, it’s him.
four – Raphael Assuncao
Raphael Assuncao doesn’t have a nickname, but when he’s out there for one, “The Skilled” suits completely. All of the bantamweight contender does is present up, make weight, combat, and 9 occasions out of 10, win. Or, as is the case after Saturday’s victory over Matthew Lopez, 10 occasions out of 11 at 135 kilos. Now a winner of three straight over Aljamain Sterling, Marlon Moraes and Matthew Lopez, Assuncao has earned his place within the title image, and why not a rubber match with champion TJ Dillashaw to kick off 2018? “The Skilled” earned it.
5 – Nina Ansaroff
I’ve felt unhealthy for Nina Ansaroff during the last couple years. Sure, it’s nice that she’s in a relationship with UFC girls’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes and issues are going effectively, however virtually each story written about her is extra about her private life than her combating profession. That most likely received’t change anytime quickly, however with Ansaroff’s thrilling win over Angela Hill on Saturday evening, she’s lastly making her transfer towards the strawweight elite, and after spectacular back-to-back victories, perhaps individuals will begin listening to the combating a part of her life as effectively.
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