Daniel Cormier makes it seem like this wasn’t close. His objections after the fight suggest there’s something wrong with the judges, but, while I think Miranda Maverick won it, I would’ve been okay with the decision either way. Her pressure gives her the first round, but she can’t keep it up. By round three, she seems to be nearly exhausted as Maycee Barber puts it on her.
“I definitely had a good fight with her,” Barber says in her interview; Daniel Cormier is all smiles in her face; and I agree, though the ending seems a bit anticlimactic. I’ve been anticipating this bout since UFC 260 and I wanted two more rounds dammit. If it were a five-rounder, perhaps Barber would’ve finished her. Perhaps not. Miranda Maverick is a tough girl.
my rating : 4 of 5
Paige VanZant is the winner in looks; Rachael Ostovich looks like a tranny with all that fakeup on; but looks don’t win bare-knuckle boxing matches. VanZant is simply outstruck here; she gets jawed audibly hard in the fourth round; despite giving her opponent an extra coating of red lipstick by fight’s end.
The most notable part comes at the end. VanZant’s smile instantly turns to sulk as Ostovich is announced; Jeff Houston is a lot less annoying here than during the introductions; the winner. She (VanZant) walks off and out, leaving her team behind, perhaps to cry as her boxing career takes another hit.
my rating : 3 of 5
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 ) :
It was sad to see Anderson Silva end his once-impeccable UFC run with a knockout loss, but this is a good consolation. It can even be argued that his victory here is more impressive as Silva, in just the third pro boxing bout of his career, dominates a former WBC champion with over fifty wins under his belt.
It’s not a blowout; Chávez wins a couple of rounds and never looks to be in serious danger; but it’s a relatively easy win for Silva, despite one corrupt (Mexican) judge voting against him. Highlights include The Spider’s signature taunting in Round 3 and Canelo Álvarez congratulating him after the bout.
my rating : 3 of 5