For MMA fans, yesterday's UFC 202 was one of those historic must see fight events.
The main card itself was setup for such expectations with much of it focused on the last two events; Diaz / McGregor and Johnson / Teixeira. However, everyone who got the chance to view this event realizes how much they got for their money last night.
The following is my personal take on last nights UFC 202. They represent my perspective of each fight.
Even the prelims where great to watch!
Randa Markos vs. Cortney Casey
Randa Markos was defeated by Cortney Casey in round 1 by submission alhtough it could well of been by knock out from anyone of Casey's 21 significant strikes. Randa survived Casey's stricking power but could not do as much for a great arm lock submission forcing Randa to verbally tap out.
Artem Lobov vs. Chris Avila
Intertwined in the Diaz/Mcregor clan war, Artem Lobov (RUS/McGregor clan) and Chris Avila (USA/Diaz clan) got to settle their differences in the octogon. It was a 3 round fight that was absolutely dominated by Lobov! Avila didn't look like he had his head in the game letting Lobov manage the fight to the end for a referee decision win in round 3.
Cody Garbrandt vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Still in the prelims fight card, fans around the world got to watch for free what should be refered to as a one of UFC's epic fights. In his UFC debut, USA's cody Garbrandt faced Japanase MMA fighter Takeya Mizugaki.
All eyes where on Cody Garbrandt and no one was left unsatisfied by his performance, it was simply perfect and entertaining. Garbrandt completely managed the fight with his striking power and left a surprised Mizugaki down on the octagon floor from a convincing knock out
Stay tuned for the Cody Garbrandt show in coming UFC's!
Thought the prelims where good ? Then read on for what proved to be a fantastic main card!
Tim Means vs. Sabah Homasi
Underrated fighter Tim Means showed the world yesterday what he was made of with a total of 82 strikes in only 2 rounds which knocked out Homashi by referee decision.
Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Mike Perry
The Lim/Perry match up was, in terms of excitment, similar to the Gardbrant/Mizugaki fight. Fans expected the seasoned and decorated Hyun Gyu Lim to take this win home last night but instead Lim met up with the striking beast that is Mike Perry. This was suprisingly a no contest fight with Perry immediatly controlling the fight and dominating it with an almost unparralelled stricking force. Watching Mike Perry demolish Lim was a fight to remember, one that that has undoubtetly brought Perry to a new level in UFC.
Rick Story vs. Donald Cerrone
This fight alone was worth the PPV! Crowd favorite Donald the cowboy Cerrone quickly took the fight under control and tool 2 rounds to knock out Rick Story in was considered a good old powerful UFC fight. It's safe to say the Cowboy delivered!
Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira
The surprise of the evening no doubt goes to this fight. It took a whole 13 seconds for Johnson to punch a tooth out of Teixeira"s mouth and knock him out bad enough for him to believe he was still in the game and try to grapple the referee! It was one of those "wow but I would have enjoyed a full fight" moments. Satisfied Anthony Johnson and respectful requested to meet up against Daniel Cormier next time! Cormier, in the crowd at the time seemed quite amused at the thought of it.