UFC Fight Night 94 was a long card. Including the Fight Pass prelims, there were 12 fights and after the 9th fight I was exhausted. As you will find out, I forgot about an entire match, partially because I am writing this two days after the fights also because watching 12 fights in one night makes it hard to compartmentalize. There were multiple submissions that led to unconscious fighters, a 0:19 second featherweight submission, a majority draw, and a first round knock out. This wasn’t the most memorable card, but there was a little bit of everything.
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Bantamweight – Alejandro Perez vs. Albert Morales – Draw majority – (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)
Morales has a five-inch reach advantage over Perez, but he didn’t take advantage of it. He annoyed Perez enough where Perez threw a punch after the second bell which the ref deducted a point for at the beginning of the third round instead of at the end of the second when the infraction took place. In the third round Perez opened up Morales face while on top of him on the ground. After Morales got on his feet, he landed a flying knee to the head of Perez while he was only half way up. The knee looked like it hit the body of Perez not his head to me. Bruce Buffer looked defeated when he read the decision of a majority draw.
Welterweight – Randy Brown def. Erick Montano – Submission anaconda choke – (RD 3 – 0:18)
Brown and Montano spent a lot of time in the clinch in the first round to the point where the ref had to separate them. Each fighter traded take downs in the second including a full body slam of Brown by Montano. Early in the third round Brown was able to submit Montano via a weird looking triangle which is technically called an anaconda choke.
Preliminary Card (FS1)
Bantamweight – Jose Alberto Quinonez def. Joey Gomez – Decision unanimous – (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Joey Gomez was slammed to the mat twice by Quinonez. The fight was stopped after Quinonez landed a knee to the head of Gomez while he was on the ground. The replay at the end of the first round showed Gomez looking at his hand in pain and while he looked away, Quinonez clipped him and took him to the ground. Looking away for just a fraction of a second it all it takes for a debilitating punch. Gomez took Quinonez down in the second round with a punch, and at the beginning of the third round the two fighters hugged each other out of respect. Quinonez landed a knee to the head of Gomez which took him to the ground. At the end of the fight the two fighters embraced out of respect. It was clear that Quinonez won this fight.
Middleweight – Antonio Carlos Junior def. Leonardo Augusto Guimaraes – Submission rear-naked choke (RD 3 – 4:46)
The battle of the double last name. Leleco wore strange shorts that were baggy and had cuts in them all the way up to the waist at the seam. Junior threw an illegal knee while Leleco was on his feet, but hunched over with one hand on the ground. The ref stopped the fight and took a point away from Junior. The second round saw Junior take Leleco to the ground and stayed on top of him up until their were only 20 seconds left in the round. Leleco did next to nothing during the second round. Leleco came out strong in the third round, but after slammed to the mat twice by Junior, he was softened up enough to the point where he gave up his back and fell victim to the rear-naked choke. After losing a point for the illegal knee, Junior dominated this fight.
Welterweight – Belai Muhammad def. Augusto Montano – TKO punches – (RD 3 – 4:19)
This fight saw a couple of clock stoppages in the first round when Muhammad was hit in the groin and poked in the eye. After the eye poke their was an awkward encounter when Herb Dean tried to get between the fighters to stop the time and Montano attacked at the same time. In the third round I was tired of seeing the terrible half mohawk pink hair of Montano so I was rooting for Muhammad to defeat him. After his second take down in the third round, Muhammad landed head strikes until Herb called the TKO.
Featherweight – Gabriel Benitez def. Sam Sicilia – Technical submission guillotine choke – (RD 2 – 1:20)
Sicilia won the first round against Benitez but did not win the second when he was choked to the point of unconsciousness. In the second round Benitez got Sicilia in a guillotine choke that he did not tap from. Benitez shouted to the ref that Benitez was limp and out and he pulled Sicilia’s dead body out of harms way. Watching someone get choked to the point where they lose consciousness is a brutal reminder of how barbaric MMA is.
Main Card (FS1)
Featherweight – Chas Skelly def. Maximo Blanco – Technical submission anaconda choke – (RD 1 – 0:19)
Skelly’s 19 second submission of Blanco was fucking crazy. The fight started, Skelly ran to the center of the ring, landed a flying front kick to the chest of Blanco, and scrambled to get into an anaconda choke hold. Blanco went limp and Herb didn’t have a great look at the choke. Herb grabbed the hand of Blanco and saw he was out. As Skelly let go of Blanco and ran around in celebration, Blanco’s unconscious body fell limp on the mat. The image is another brutal reminder of how vicious MMA is. My friend said after seeing that “I can’t believe this is one TV.”
Lightweight – Islam Makhachev def. Chris Wade – Decision unanimous – (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
This fight wasn’t memorable and if I didn’t look at my notes, I wouldn’t have been able to picture anything that took place during this fight. The most interesting part of this fight took place in the second round when Wade got Makhachev in a choke on the ground. The ref didn’t have a good angle and Makhachev audibly told the ref that he was still there and wasnt going to get choked out. The third round saw both fighters maneuvering for position while on the ground looking for a submission.
Welterweight – Roan Carneiro def. Kenny Robertson – Decision split – (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
I should probably not wait two days after watching fights before writing about them. I remember nothing about this fight and my notes aren’t great. Here are my notes:
RD 1: Carneiro took Robertson to the ground who was able to get back up.
RD 2: Carneiro tackled Robertson to the ground, Robertson maneuvered to get on top, Robertson controlled Carneiro’s breathing, Carneiro fought and received top position.
RD 3: Carneiro dazed Robertson with a right hook, they go into the clinch.
Lightweight – Evan Dunham def. Rick Glenn – Decision unanimous – (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
I do remember this fight. The face of Glenn while he was fighting off a rear-naked choke from Dunham in the first round is an image that will be hard to forget. His contorted face actually turned blue and I have no idea how he did not tap or lose consciousness. The fight was stopped in the second round after Glenn absorbed a blow in his groin. The third round saw Glenn throw his arms up in the air taunting Dunham to attack. Glenn was far behind and needed a knock out or a submission to win. This strategy led to Glenn taking even more punches and him stumbling around in a daze as a result of head blows and exhaustion. Both fighters looked gassed in this round and the slow speed of the last second slug fest exposed how tired they were.
Middleweight – Derek Brunson def. Uriah Hall – TKO punches – (RD 1 – 1:41)
After watching 10 fights I was ready for two quick finishes and I received them. Brunson clipped Hall who’s legs buckled and fell to the ground. Brunson jumped on top and threw several blows that Hall blocked but Herb called the TKO. Hall was pissed at the decision as he felt he was intelligently defending himself, and the replay backed up his claim. I can see how Herb called the fight, in real-time it looked like Hall was getting annihilated, MMA refs have a tough job.
Lightweight – Michael Johnson def. Dustin Poirier – KO punches – (RD 1 – 1:35)
Michael Johnson KO’d Poirier so hard the ref lost a shoe. Johnson clipped Poirier who fell to the mat and then gave him a Henderson to Bisping finishing strike which ended the fight. Johnson ran around in celebration and gave the money symbol with his hands, something I havent seen since Johnny Manziel. Knocking out a fighter like Poirier in a headlining fight is impressive.
UFC Fight Night 95 is on this Saturday, September 24th 2016. I will be complaining about my tired feet while being saranated by Between the Buried and Me in a stuffy concert hall while the fights are going on. I will find a way to watch them later on Sunday.