UFC 101 ( versus Forrest Griffin ) :
UFC 112 ( versus Demian Maia ) :
UFC 117 ( versus Chael Sonnen ) :
UFC 126 ( versus Vitor Belfort ) :
UFC 134 ( versus Yushin Okami ) :
UFC 148 ( versus Chael Sonnen ) :
UFC 153 ( versus Stephan Bonnar ) :
UFC 162 ( versus Chris Weidman ) :
UFC 168 ( versus Chris Weidman ) :
UFC 183 ( versus Nick Diaz ) :
UFC Fight Night ( versus Michael Bisping ) :
UFC 200 ( versus Daniel Cormier ) :
UFC 208 ( versus Derek Brunson ) :
UFC 234 ( versus Israel Adesanya ) :
UFC 237 ( versus Jared Cannonier ) :
UFC Fight Night ( versus Uriah Hall ) :
Tribute To The Kings ( versus Julio César Chávez Junior ) :
Triller Fight Club ( versus Tito Ortiz ) :
The Showcase In The Skies Of Dubai ( versus Bruno Machado ) :
Before UFC fans can get over the shock of Mike Beltran’s missing mustache, Ian Heinisch kicks Derek Brunson in the head. Dominick Cruz thinks it’s an instant knockout; you can hear the crack when it lands; but Brunson, fighting smart for a change, goes on to win via decision.
Decisions also go to Paulo Costa over Yoel Romero and Nate Diaz over Anthony Pettis. The former is the best fight; their muscles are impressive and their power is extraordinary; though it’s the latter, specifically Diaz’s return after a three-year hiatus, that was most anticipated.
Stipe Miocic puts on a surprisingly lackluster performance against Daniel Cormier in their Heavyweight Championship title bout; a rematch from UFC 226. He gets punched in the face repeatedly until he finds DC’s weak spot; the liver area Anderson Silva once exploited; and knocks him out.
my rating : 4 of 5
The winner of this fight could’ve gone either way, but I’m glad Silva gets it. That’s as a fan, though, at 41, “old” age seems to be catching up to him. He scores some solid jabs and kicks; most impressive is his sprawling takedown defense, which seems better than ever; but takes face punches in the clinch and completely misses a flying knee.
Brunson doesn’t do any better, though the commentators seem to think it’s a clear win for him. The knockout artist seems hesitant here as he runs from and idly watches The Spider when he should be trying to squish him. He finally gets a proper takedown in the final round, but by then he’s tired and isn’t able to do anything significant with it.
my rating : 3 of 5