UFC Fight Night 101 in Melbourne, Australia saw 13 fights, 10 of which ended in a decision. Both preliminary cards and the first fight in the main card went to a decision creating a streak of 8 straight decision. After the 7th decision I began rooting for every fight to go the distance so this card would be remembered for something other than grueling to sit through, but three finishes mercifully occurred in the last 5 fights. By the time the main card started I was beyond bored of watching fighters in the clinch and Harley Davidson ads. The slog that was UFC Fight Night 101 is documented via poorly written fight recaps below:
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pas)
Flyweight – Jenel Lausa def. Yao Zhikui – Decision unanimous – (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lausa used his 4 inch reach advantage to defeat Zhikui in a unanimous decision. In the first round Lausa was the aggressor scoring a take down and tagging Zhikui. After the first bell rung Zhikui was clearly still affected as he stumbled against the cage. To make up for losing the first, Zhikui came out strong in the second, looking for an opportunity. Lausa was still able to land jabs and a head kick that knocked Zhikui to the mat. Lausa jumped on top of Zhikui and attempted a guillotine choke, but wasn’t able to get the tap. After getting back to their feet, both fighters traded attacks, went into the clinch, and fell to the ground were Zhikui was able to land some ground and pound. The third round was a slow 5 minutes as both fighters kept their distance looking for an opening. Zhikui swung and missed hard a couple of times causing him to lose his balance while Lausa landed some more jabs.
Featherweight – Marlon Vera def. Ning Guangyou – Decision unanimous – (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
I always bring up the reach advantage if a fighter has one as it is one of the few things even I can point out and understand. Vera had a huge half a foot reach advantage in his bout with Guangyou. Both fighters traded leg kicks in the first round which Vera used as an opening to attack. He caught one of Guangyou’s kicks which lead to the fighters clinching up against the cage. The ref noted some cage grabbing and Vera latched onto Guangyou’s back bringing him to the ground. Here Vera went for a rear-naked choke and scored some ground and pound to end the round. The second round saw a similar set of events as both fighters traded leg kicks, Vera caught one, went into the clinch, and eventually went to the ground. This time Guangyou was able to land some short elbows and ground and pound as Vera scrambled and wiggled around playing defense against the attacks. More ground fighting occurred in the third round and the second half of the round turned into a slug fest as both tired fighters unleashed lots of punches. Guangyou was able to get a few jabs to land and Vera responded with a knee. Guangyou held tough and stole a round, but Vera was the clear winner.
Featherweight – Jason Knight def. Dan Hooker – Decision unanimous – (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)
Hooker did the first cool thing of the night when he flipped off the Australian crowd as he entered the octagon. Hailing from New Zealand, he made his hatred towards the pro Australian crowd known. That was pretty much the only cool thing Hooker did as he was bodied by Knight and lost all three rounds. Knight clipped Hooker in the first and traded jabs while Hooker kept his hands down by his waist. Knight scored two take downs in the first round. In the second round Knight took Hooker to ground again and attempted two rear-naked chokes. Knight landed many jabs in the third round but was clipped hooker who landed a heavy blow. Both fighters threw everything they had in a tired slug fest to end the third. Hooker landed some good shots at the end of the fight, but it wasn’t enough to KO Knight.
Preliminary Card (FS1)
Flyweight – Ben Nguyen def. Geane Herrera – Decision unanimous – (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)
The camera feed on FS1 wasn’t fully zoomed out yet before Herrera approached and attacked Nguyen. In response Nguyen clipped Herrera twice in the first round. Time was stopped to let Herrera to recover from a nut shot. Besides being taken down late in the second round, Nguyen showed great take down defense in this fight. Herrera was very active in the third round looking for a takedown but Nguyen was able to stay on his feet. Nguyen landed a heavy jab in the third and defended his way to the decision.
Welterweight – Jonathan Meunier def. Richard Walsh – Decision unanimous – (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Meunier and Walsh traded leg kicks to start this match. Both fighters were throwing attacks and moved around a lot in the first round. Meunier landed a spinning back fist and scored a take down before the round ended. Meunier was clearly controlling the second round as he landed knees and was the aggressor. Walsh scored a takedown but wasn’t able to keep Meunier there for long. Meunier threw two spinning back kicks and knees to end the second round. The third round started with both fighters touching gloves and Walsh tackling Meunier immediately afterwards. From here the fighters would get up, clinch, and go back to the ground several times as both were looking for position to submit or land something significant. Walsh went for a guillotine choke and landed some ground and pound, but Meunier was able to escape and get to his feet without being held down for long.
Lightweight – Damien Brown def. Jon Tuck – Decision split – (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
A lot happened in first round between Brown and Tuck. After being brought to the ground by Tuck, Brown attempted a guillotine choke. Tuck was able to escaped and get into the power position on the ground to land some ground and pound. The fighters got back to their feet and Brown landed an upper cut, while Tuck retaliated and clipped Brown with a right jab. This led to the ground where Brown’s face opened up and pooled up on the mat. Time was stopped in the second after Brown was kicked in the nuts.
The third round was very active as both fighters landed blows. Brown’s face was bleeding badly at this point. Brown scored a takedown late in the third with an anti-air like stop on Tuck. Brown won via split decision but I wouldn’t have been surprised if the victory was awarded to Tuck.
Middleweight – Dan Kelly def. Chris Camozzi – Decision unanimous – (29-28, 29-27, 30-27)
Camozzi has a 6 inch reach advantage over the 39 year old Kelly. Even though he won, Kelly looked all of 39 years old. He reminded me of Henderson in his slow lumbering stance. Camozzi opened up the fore head of Kelly with an elbow in the first round which poured out blood. At the beginning of each round the wound would be reopened and blood flowed from it getting all over the mat and all over poor Camozzi. Kelly dominated the second round by controlling the ground and annoying Camozzi with his blood. Kelly scored a late take down in the third fight securing his victory. Kelly dominated this fight and clearly won, but god was it boring and I felt bad for Camozzi as he looked like he partook in a Carrie reenactment.
Main Card (FS1)
Women’s Strawweight – Danielle Taylor def. Seo Hee Ham – Decision split – (29-29, 30-27, 30-27)
After watching her first UFC fight and this one with Ham, I will be surprised if Taylor makes a long career in MMA. She is very short and doesn’t have enough reach to get inside and land anything significant. She defeated Ham but it came with some controversy. Time was stopped in the first round after Ham was poked in the eye (foreshadowing). Ham was the aggressor in this round as she tagged Taylor twice with her left jab. Both fighters were on their feet the most second round as the two essentially boxed. Ham used her left counter punch to score some blows on Taylor. Late in the second Taylor scored a takedown.
The third round is where things got hairy. Ham was poked in the eye again, but I guess the ref did not see it. Ham was looking for time stoppage and even made the time out symbol, but the ref didn’t grant her the recovery time. Instead Taylor rocked Ham as her guard was down. She survived and scored a late round take down, but it was unfair that the ref didn’t stop the match as Ham was clearly poked in the eye.
Light Heavyweight – Tyson Pedro def. Khalil Rountree – Submission rear-naked choke – (RD 1 – 4:07)
Rountree clipped Pedro early in this fight and Pedro forced Rountree into the clinch and then the ground to recover. After standing back up, Pedro took Rountree to the ground again and landed some ground and pound. Pedro then took the back of Rountree and forced him to tap. Pedro did a great job of recovering after getting stunned to be able to score a first round finish.
Lightweight – Alex Volkanovski def. Yusuke Kasuya – TKO punches – (RD 2 – 2:06)
Both Volanovski and Kasura utilized the exciting fighting technique known as the clinch in the first round. Both scored take downs where Kasuya attempted a leg lock and Volkanovski landed some ground and pound. In the second round Volkanovski brought Kasuya to ground and softened him up with blows. He was able to pin Kasuya in a position that left his head exposed and Volkanovski landed blows to the defenseless Kasuya until the TKO was called.
Welterweight – Omari Akhmedov def. Kyle Noke – Decision unanimous – (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
The veteran Noke loss in an unanimous decision to Akhmedov and announced his retirement afterwards. This was probably the most boring fight of the night. Akhmedov landed an over hand right in the first round and controlled the ground after forcing Noke there. He opened up the face of Noke with blows while on the ground in the first and second round. Noke’s cauliflower ear also opened up during this fight. Akhmedov controlled the ground in the second round and scored a late takedown in the third. Not a whole lot happened other than that. This was a stale fart of a fight to end a career on for Noke.
Lightweight – Andrew Holbrook def. Jake Matthews – Decision split – (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
In the 10th and final decision of the night, Holbrook defeated Matthews. Both fighters clinched up and fell to the mat repeatedly in the first round. In the second round Matthews landed some jabs and attempted a leg lock after taking Holbrook to the ground. Holbrook attempted a kimura and a leg lock of his own in this round. Much of the third round saw ground fighting as well. Matthews scored the takedown but Holbrook got in position to crank the ankle of Matthews. This looked painful as his foot was contorted but Matthews escaped and both fighters scrambled around looking for an advantageous position. Holbrook won in a split, but I wouldn’t have been surprised if Matthews won this fight.
Middleweight – Robert Whittaker def. Derek Brunson – TKO head kick and punches – (RD 1 – 4:07)
Brunson was the aggressor to start this match as he had Whittaker back stepping trying to escape the attacks. After separating from the clinch, Whittaker landed multiple jabs which crumpled the legs of Brunson. Whittaker didn’t let off and kept attacking landing a kick that knocked Brunson down, and finishing him off with ground and pound. The replay showed Whittaker landed upper cuts after stunning him with the kick.
It’s over. We can wipe our hands clean of UFC Fight Night 101. Let’s never talk of it again. The TUF 24 finale is Saturday, December 3rd. I don’t watch the reality T.V. show but there are some good match ups on the card so I will tune in.