TKO (Leg Injury)
      Man... That's the end I guess for Anderson Silva? Cannonier blasted him with a ton of brutal leg kicks early in the first round, Silva tried to fire back with a lot of wild kicks, it was an interesting first round, and then Cannonier blasted Silva with a brutal inside leg kick, basically shredding Silva's knee. I'm not 100% sure what the injury was yet, but his leg clearly went out, he collapsed, and the fight was stopped. I really hope he's ok, but this has GOT to be it for him, right? He's 44, 2-4 in his last 6 fights over the past 5 years... I love him, he's one of the best of all time, but it's time...
TKO (Punches)
      Cannonier looks fucking JACKED, compared to what he used to look when fighting at heavyweight. He started this fight with a BRUTAL leg kick, and then Branch took him down. Cannonier worked his way back to his feet a minute into the round. Branch took him down again 90 seconds into the round, and then he worked to take Cannonier's back against the fence. Cannonier did a good job getting back to his feet halfway through the round. Branch continued to work for takedowns, while both guys were trading a few solid punches back & forth. Cannonier finished the round by stuffing a shot and throwing an elbow to the back of Branch's neck. Round one goes to Branch. His wrestling looked solid, but he hasn't been able to hold Cannonier down for long.
     Cannonier blasted Branch with another brutal leg kick to start the second round, he dropped him with some big punches, Branch turtled up, Cannonier unloaded with some heavy punches on the ground, the referee gave Branch plenty of time to make something happen, but he just continued to turtle up, so Cannonier continued to unload on him, and the referee was forced to stop the fight. Jared Cannonier looks like a completely different fighter compared to what I remember him being. This was a huge win for Jared Cannonier.
TKO (Punches)
      These guys both came out winging big punches & leg kicks at each other. Reyes shot for a takedown 90 seconds into the opening round, but Cannonier stuffed his shot, so they reset and went back to trading strikes. They continued to land huge strikes, going both ways, and then Reyes rocked Cannonier with a big left uppercut, he continued to chase him around the cage while hammering him with big punches & kicks, while Cannonier wobbled around, until the referee finally stepped in to stop the fight. That was a fantastic win for Dominick Reyes.
      The first round had both of these guys trading some random strikes, and it was a competitive round, but I guess I would lean slightly in favor of Blachowicz based on the way he was working his jab. Cannonier was landing a lot of slick little calf kicks though, that could add up to cause some problems later in the fight.
     The second round was more of the same, until Blachowicz took down Cannonier 2 minutes into the round, but Cannonier quickly worked his way back to his feet. They traded a few more random strikes, and then Blachowicz dropped Cannonier with around 90 seconds left in the round, which allowed Blachowicz to settle into side control, but he let Cannonier stand up again, and then Cannonier poked Blachowicz in the eye. When the fight started back up, Blachowicz scored another takedown. I have Blachowicz ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     Cannonier threw some bombs at Blachowicz's face in the final round, and he was landing some clean shots, but Blachowicz is still far enough ahead on the scorecards, that Cannonier needs to get a finish if he wants to win. Blachowicz scored a takedown with 2 minutes left in the fight, and quickly took Cannonier's back, but Cannonier worked his way back to his feet, and then Blachowicz pressed him into the fence for some clinching, and then took down Cannonier again, landing inside his guard. This should be a 30-27 decision for Blachowicz. All 3 judges agreed, giving Blachowicz the unanimous decision victory.
TKO (Elbows)
      The first round started with Cannonier basically beating the shit out of late replacement, Nick Roehrick. Cannonier's boxing looks strong tonight, as he's landing a lot of clean punch combinations. Roehrick landed some solid punches of his own, but he was backing up a bit too much. Cannonier reminds me of a slightly more aggressive King Mo Lawal. Cannonier landed a huge right hand on Roehrick's chin with 30 seconds left in the round, but Roehrick was able to clinch with him after that. Nothing happened there, so they reset, and then nothing else happened in the final 10 seconds. Round one clearly goes to Cannonier.
     The second round had Cannonier showing off his fancy footwork, while holding his hands down at his hips. Cannonier continued to chip away at Roehrick, and then he knocked him down halfway through the round. Roehrick turned and ran away, and Cannonier continued to hammer him with heavy punches. Roehrick is clearly looking to land that one big right hand, while Cannonier is spending his time picking apart Roehrick with a ton of volume. Cannonier is clearly ahead 20-18 going into the final round, if not 20-17.
     The final round was more of the same, with Cannonier picking apart Roehrick with punches, but he also started to mix in some high kicks, and then he dropped Roehrick halfway through the round, he unloaded with some brutal short elbows, and the referee jumped in to stop the fight. That was a fantastic performance by Jared Cannonier, and another excellent TKO victory.
      These guys traded a few random punches, and then Glover scored a single leg takedown one minute into the opening round, landing inside Cannonier's guard. Glover passed to half mount 2 minutes into the round. Glover locked on a guillotine choke, pulled guard with it, Cannonier escaped, but gave up top control again in the process, so Glover is back on top in half mount. Glover worked some basic ground & pound, but wasn't doing a lot of damage. Glover passed to full mount with 45 seconds left in the round, and threw a few decent punches, but Cannonier was able to shake him off, they stood back up, and Cannonier rocked Glover with a few seconds left in the round. Glover clearly won that round, but Cannonier looks like he might have better conditioning going into the second round.
     They traded a few strikes to start the second round, and Glover scored another single leg takedown, one minute into the round, landing back in half mount. Glover tried to work some basic ground & pound, but Cannonier was still doing a good job tying up Glover's arms, to avoid taking too much damage. The referee randomly decided to stand them up with 90 seconds left in the round. That was a bad standup, and it could cause problems for Glover. They traded a few punches to finish out the round, and Glover finished the round with a heavy combination of punches. I have Glover ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     They traded a few punches to start the final round, and Glover took down Cannonier again, 30 seconds into the round. Glover continued to work his slow paced ground & pound, Cannonier cut Glover with an elbow from his back, Glover passed to full mount, and then took Cannonier's back. Cannonier was able to scramble back to half guard, but Glover was still grinding the shit out of him, while working short elbows, and then Glover mounted him again with 90 seconds left in the round. The fight ended with Glover still controlling Cannonier, they stood back up in the final seconds, and Glover threw a kick, and that's about it. This fight SHOULD be a clear 30-27 for Glover, but the crowd seemed bored, so hopefully they won't have any impact on the way the judges scored this fight. All 3 judges agreed, giving the unanimous decision victory to Glover Teixeira.
      These guys traded some REALLY violent looking strikes in the first round, with Cutelaba delivering the best highlight reel style strikes. He then threw Cannonier to the ground 2 minutes into the round, where he continued to beat the shit out of Cannonier from a variety of wild top positions. Cannonier kicked Cutelaba off with 90 seconds left in the round, but Cutelaba continued to beat him up on the feet, and then he threw Cannonier to the ground again. Round one clearly goes to Cutelaba.
     Cutelaba looked solid early in the second round, as he was beating up Cannonier with big punches, while scrambling out of bad positions on the ground. Cannonier then destroyed Cutelaba with some heavy Terminator punches 2 minutes into the round, as he was walking down Cutelaba, and rocking his head back with every strike, but Cutelaba just took him back down again, and continued to beat up Cannonier from inside his guard. Cannonier ended up getting on top, where he was able to finish the round, beating up Cutelaba from side control. The tides are clearly turning here at the end of the second round, as I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Cutelaba looked kind of tired in the third round, and Cannonier was still dancing around, picking him apart with his boxing. Cutelaba shot for an aggressive takedown one minute into the round, but he couldn't hold Cannonier down at all. Cutelaba landed some decent strikes in that round, but every time I heard a strike that made me go "OH SHIT!", more often than not, it was being delivered by Cannonier in that final round. He was also able to grind Cutelaba against the fence a little bit. In the end, I scored this fight 29-28 for Cannonier, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory against a really tough opponent.
KO (Punches & Elbows)
      Asker is making his UFC debut here, and he started the fight with some big punches, followed by a takedown attempt, but Cannonier was able to sprawl to avoid it. Asker then clinched with him against the cage. Cannonier showed some really solid takedown defense, bringing the fight back to the center of the Octagon. Asker keeps throwing huge bombs, but he always follows it up with a break to pull his pants back up. Cannonier BLASTED Asker with a massive left hand, knocking him to the ground in brutal fashion, he followed that up with some heavy elbows on the ground, slicing open a huge gash on Asker's forehead, putting him to sleep in the first round. That was an AWESOME finish for Cannonier, regaining some rep after his loss to Shawn Jordan 3 months ago. Solid performance by both fighters really.
KO (Punches)
      BOOM! Finally we get a finish on this card! That's one of the good things about heavyweights, when they connect, there is some serious power behind those punches. These guys mostly just looked like they were sparring for most of the fight, but a couple of minutes in, Jordan connected with a big right handed, Cannonier fell to the ground, and Jordan's left hand turned into a machinegun, he finished Cannonier at point blank range on the ground. Really impressive win by Jordan, especially since this was Cannonier's first loss.