The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to action last night (Saturday, December 4, 2021) to host UFC Vegas 44 from UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the main event of the evening, Jose Aldo defeated Rob Font by unanimous decision after 25 minutes of relentless back-and-forth (highlights). In the headlining act, Rafael Fiziev claimed a third round knockout victory over former training partner Brad Riddell (see here).
Biggest winner: José Aldo
It was far from an easy night at the office for Aldo, but the former WEC and UFC featherweight champion scored a big win over Font in what turned out to be a grueling 25-minute fight. Font had several brilliant moments, but Aldo managed to win, using his power and experience to come out on top and take the win, the first time he’s won a five-round fight in seven years. With the win, Aldo improves his winning streak to three against very tough opposition. After the fight, the longtime veteran called for a fight against former division champion TJ Dillashaw, which makes perfect sense. Aldo proved he still has a ton of fight left by knocking out one of the top contenders in the 135-pound stacked category.
Finalist: Clay guide
In fight number 32 inside the Octagon, Guida scored a huge victory from behind against Leonardo Santos. ‘The Carpenter’ was on the verge of defeat in the first round after Santos injured him with a precise kick in the midsection. Santos pounced on the longtime veteran and landed one blow after another, begging the referee to stop the fight on several occasions. And he would have been right to stop the fight, but chose to let it continue. Out of nowhere, Guida turned the tide and finished the round in first position. In the second round, Guida went out on a mission, brought him to an exhausted Santos, dragged him across the mat and grabbed his back. And in an finish that no one saw coming, Guida locked a bare rear choke ending the fight, forcing the seven-time world champion in jiu-jitsu – who has a fourth degree black belt in the discipline – to tap for the first time in its history. in an MMA fight. It was Guida’s first submission victory in a decade. He also won a post-fight bonus of $ 50,000. Not a bad way to kick off your birthday week.
Mention honorable: Colline Jamahal And Rafael Fiziev
With so many finishes and excellent performance, it was hard not to recognize the merit. After suffering the first loss of his pro MMA career in his last outing to Paul Craig, Hill returned to the win column with revenge by knocking out Jimmy Crute in the very first round. And it was one of the cleanest knockouts you’ll ever see. After dropping Crute – the No. 13 ranked 205 pounds in the division – with a left hook, Hill dropped him again with the same shot, only this one was a little more powerful, laying Crute flat. on the back. Hill then delivered one final, precise blow to put his foe to the test. As for Fiziev, he claimed a spectacular KO victory over his former training partner Brad Riddell after almost three full rounds of action, Fiziev timing the shot perfectly, cutting Riddell, forcing him to freeze in place. Fortunately, Herb Dean intervened just in time to stop Fiziev from inflicting unnecessary punishment. It’s now five straight wins for him, who could soon be aiming for a place in the Top 10.
The Biggest Loser: maki pitolo
When it comes to wins and losses, Pitolo takes this place by a landslide. Coming into the fight, Pitolo was the fighter we picked as the one most in need of a win. That’s because he was leading a three-game losing streak. Additionally, a man who defeated him – Impa Kasanganay – was recently released from his UFC obligations with a decent 2-2 record inside the Octagon, so to say Pitolo was on the chopping block would be an assessment. just. And it didn’t take long for Pitolo’s night to end in “Sin City,” losing to Dusko Todovoric via strikes in the very first round, giving him his fourth straight loss. With an overall record of 1-5 inside the Octagon, I’d be shocked if Pitolo made the next set of cuts.
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