UFC218 continued the recent upturn in fortune of the UFC in 2017. Great match ups..great fights and some savage finishes.
Francis Ngannou has a knock out that would make any hightlight reel of UFC KO’s.
Alaister Overeem had no complaints and didn’t look to hide behind any excuses. He took the defeat on the chin. Literally. BRUTALLY. I’m fully of the opinion that after a knock out like the one Overeem suffered here at UFC218, the fighter should stay out of competition for at least 6 months.
Jose Aldo’s career and legacy are now well and truly fucked. A second defeat to Max Holloway by TKO has put paid to the credit built up over the 10 years he was undefeated.
Max Holloway now is the undisputed featherweight champ and looks more and more comfortable with his status as the No 1.
Inevitably there were the Conor Mcgregor questions afterwards. He handled them perfectly. He’s open to the fight but not about to beg for it and make an ass out of himself.
Tony Ferguson take note. Each utterance out of his mouth lately sounds contrived, desperate and stupid.
Despite all the daftness in the media lately about Mcgregor retiring or focusing on boxing, I fully expect Conor to fight at least twice in the UFC in 2018.
I suspect we haven’t seen the last of him at featherweight either. The Holloway match up will appeal to him. UFC nuts will remember that although Mcgregor won their first fight nearly 4 years ago. It was not a performance he was happy with. In the pist fight press conference he said it felt like a defeat.
Mcgregor tore his cruciate knee ligaments in that bout with Holloway and was subsequently out of action for the guts of a year. A rematch with Max will appeal to him.
Undoubtedly fight of the night was Eddie Alvarez vs Justin Gaethje in the lightweight division.
The fight gradually ratcheted up with each passing round. Gaethje had the best of it early on with those brutal low leg kicks. You almost expected to see one of Alvarezs ankles to get ripped off and go flying over the octagon.
However Eddie is nothing if not durable and he slowly got himself back into things as the fight wore on. The finish was suitably brutal. A devastating knee followed by a quick flurry of punches and he had himself a TKO. He just beat the bell by a minute.
It would have been interesting to see how the judges would have scored the fight though. I had Eddie shading it.
The Gaethje hype train while not derailed has certainly been slowed somewhat. His next fight will be interesting to see how he reacts to defeat. I have to say that I was routing for Eddie Alvarez in this one though. He is a fucking warrior in victory and defeat. He is now firmly back in the mix at the top of the lightweight divison following UFC 218
The fall out from UFC 218 is all positive. N’Gannou’s lethal uppercut has undoubtedly set up a Heavyweight title shot with Stipe Miocic. This now has the makings of a Pay per view hit.
The next big card, UFC219, is on December 30th and it has a lot to live up to after the last two events. I still think Holm and Cyborg need help to boost that card. Can Dana White pull a surprise out even at this late stage?