UFC Fight Night 74
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Prelims and Main Card on Fox Sports 1
7pm – 12pm Eastern Time, 6pm – 11pm Central and screw the West Coast cause they always get to watch shows in the afternoon when we’re up till midnight for most shows.
Things are a bit different as Mike is in jail for public urination so Brian (who is better) is taking over PBP duties for the UFC FIGHT NIGHT 74 RESULTS. It’s like having Mike, just with more hair. And he’s taller. And doesn’t sleep on a cot. And has a good woman.
FIGHT: Misha Cirkunov vs. Daniel Jolly
No idea why this is out of order. Misha dominated on the ground and looked good.
FIGHT: Shane Campbell vs. Elias Silverio
You know how Mike said I’m better? He was wrong. This was on Fight Pass and I didn’t watch it cause I’m a BEYOTCH. But I’m watching the next fight.
PRELIMINARY CARD FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET
FIGHT: Chris Beal vs. Chris Kelades
Round 1: Beals did a nice job with the double underhooks early in the round to stuff Kelades’s takedown attempt, did some halfway decent ground and pound but nothing exceptional.Kelades did some interesting and intense back of the calf stomps. What a dick, but in a smart way. But it didn’t help him get up, and Beals got full mount and eventually his back. The lame shot byKelades was disastrous and he ended round one on his back. Round one to Beals.
Round 2: Beals comes out with some solid strikes and seems to easily stuff Kelades’s takedowns for about the first three minutes. Beals got a nice slam at one point, but Kelades finally did a decent job by holding on to a headlock and got into a much stronger position for a short period. Then he landed a few shots on Beals while running forward, and had him pinned against the cage at the end of the round. Round two to Kelades, but not as solidly as round one went to Beals.
Round 3: Kelades comes out and finally nails a takedown straight into mount, but Beals did a good job bucking and rolls Beals. Beals looked tired early in the round, and didn’t do a whole lot of damage while on top riding Kelades. Still, for round three, all that leg riding is gonna wear on Kelades. Only Kelades got up swinging and seemed to get the better of Beals. Round three went to Kelades.
Chris Kelades won by split decision. I’d say he won the fight but I wanted to give it to Beals just for wearing the rosary since Jesus is definitely looking down and thinking “Yeah, people are starving in some places and suffering, but I should spend some time helping this dude beat someone else up in a cage.”
FIGHT: Nikita Krylov vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima
Round one: Holy crap did these dudes come out swinging and wrestling. That was a FIGHT! de Lima went for a couple guillotines, the second being halfway close (Krylov’s face was turning purple) but he toughed it out, got on top, did some damage, and when de Lima went for a knee bar he briefly grabbed the cage (I don’t think it was a big deal, he still fell) and took de Lima’s back and sunk in a rear naked choke.
Krylov by rear naked choke.
FIGHT: Felipe Arantes vs. Yves Jabouin
Round one: Well, Jabouin did one hell of a slam in the first minute. Unfortunately, he didn’t do much with the takedown and Arantes got on top and landed a decent knee, but Jabouin is one strong sucker and flipped him right back over. Jabouin is the stronger wrestler, but Jabouin had better BJJ and snatched an armbar off a triangle attempt for the finish. I think Jabouin was a little too confident in his ability to get on top, so he let himself get caught by the triangle and armbar thinking he could flop to his back and escape. Big mistake.
Felipe Arantes by armbar in the first round.
FIGHT: Frankie Perez vs. Sam Stout
Round one: I was gonna give Stout some credit for a solid inside leg kick in the first thirty seconds, but then Perez knocked his freaking block off with a huge right as Stout was jumping in. Big win for Perez.
Perez by TKO (right hand) in the first round. And apparently dreams do come true (At least for Perez. I’m guessing Stout had a different dream.) Also, HE JUST RETIRED AT 26?
Solid prelims. Plenty of first round finishes.
MAIN CARD FOX Sports 1, 9 p.m. ET
FIGHT: Valerie Letourneau vs. Maryna Moroz
Round One: First round started with some relatively even striking, Moroz bouncing a bit more and Letourneau calmer, but about halfway through the round Letourneau landed a solid right hand that dropped Moroz. Letourneau got on top, stayed calm and went for a crucifix only to have Moroz tie up her head in a no-arm triangle. No real threat of submission, but Moroz held her arm and was able to keep from eating much punishment from her back until the round ended. Round one to Letourneau for the knockdown and top position control.
Round two: Letrouneau didn’t come out as confident after round one as I would have expected, but she was fairly flatfooted in the first round, as she was in round two. Moroz moves better and lands more volume, but just doesn’t have the same power as Letourneau. Moroz landed a big punch about four minutes into the round and rocked Letourneau, and they started throwing down. Both landed some solid punches with Moroz seeming like she was getting the best of the last minute but not by much. Round two to Moroz.
Round three: Letourneau landed a hard right early and got a trip takedown shortly thereafter. Moroz tried a weak kimura but was able to use it to establish full guard. Letourneau didn’t land a whole lot on top while Moroz tried to set up rubber guard, but neither fighter was able to do much until Moroz threatened a triangle. Letourneau escaped, but let Moroz up in the process. Going in to the last minute, it looked like Letourneau had the fight in the bag, and Moroz knew it. She came out guns blazing, throwing everything in her arsenal, but didn’t land much. Round three to Letourneau.
Letourneau by unanimous decision. The post-fight interview was one of the funnier I’ve seen. Why didn’t they bring in a translator? Poor gal didn’t know what he was saying. To be fair, I often struggle with the word assess. YOU CALLING ME AN ASS, ESS?
FIGHT: Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Tony Sims
Round One: Aubin-Mercier got an early takedown, Sim nearly got back up, but Aubin-Mercier got a nice slam, took Sims’s back with a body triangle to squeeze the energy out of Sims. Sims did some solid rear-naked choke defense but ate some shots. Aubin-Mercier wasn’t able to sink the choke, but definitely dominated round one.
Round Two: Aubin-Mercier dove for a takedown from a little too far away early on and Sims defended, but tried again shortly thereafter and Sims wasn’t able to defend again after some clinch-work against the cage. Sims just can’t deal with Aubin-Mercier’s wrestling. Sims in full guard while Aubin-Mercier landed some decent ground and pound while trying to pass guard. Aubin-Mercier proved really tenacious with his takedowns, pouncing on Sims at every chance and scoring takedowns for nearly every attempt. Sims got back up to his feet a few times though, but could hardly throw a punch without Aubin-Mercier shooting in for a single-leg takedown. Round two for Aubin-Mercier.
Round Three: Aubin-Mercier went for another takedown early, but got in a funky position and ate some hammer fists. These were probably the best shots of the fight so far. Sims was able to get up and separate. Aubin-Mercier went for another takedown, and Sims went for a guillotine out of desperation. Aubin-Mercier escaped, got to side control, and proceeded to still not hardly hit Sims. He took Sims’s back again, got the body triangle again, and started threatening the rear-naked choke. Guess what? He didn’t get it. Aubin-Mercier held back control for the last minute, landing petty shots until the bell rang. Round three to Aubin-Mercier. Worst fight of the night so far. No way in hell those two are getting bonuses.
Aubin-Mercier by unanimous decision. What dipshit judge gave a round to Sims?
FIGHT: Chad Laprise vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Round One: Trinaldo came in an underdog but after about 2 minutes of a feeling out process he landed a big left hook that dropped Laprise, who jumped back up to his feet but pulled guard to try to buy himself some time. Unfortunately, Trinaldo was the better grappler, took his back, flattened Laprise out, and landed a ton of shots before Herb Dean stopped the fight.
Trinaldo via TKO in round one. And he’s never had a birthday party before?
FIGHT: Josh Burkman vs. Patrick Cote
Round One: Burkman didn’t show much respect early on, and landed a few solid shots. Cote attempted a couple takedowns and was stuffed. Burkman landed some huge striked, nearly dropping Cote at one point, and yet again stuffed a takedown. Burkman was not only stuffing the takedowns, but doing so calmly, therefore not expending too much energy. He definitely came across as the more confident calmer fighter right up until the last twenty seconds, where Cote landed a huge shot that rocked Burkman. He didn’t drop, but it made a huge impression. I’d say Burkman won the round, but the judges could easily be thinking Cote won based on that huge shot.
Round Two: Burkman came out a bit more tentative, possibly a bit hurt after getting rocked in round one, possibly just respecting Cote’s power a bit more. Either way, not much action for the first half of the round before Burkman landed a tricky trip takedown into side control. Cote did a good job getting up before eating much punishment. Cote failed at a takedown or two but overall round two was pretty slow. I’d give it to Burkman for the trip takedown.
Round Three: Both fighters came out swinging, with Burkman having Cote up against the cage, nearly dropping Cote, but then Cote came back with a flurry, landing a few of his own. Definitely an exciting first minute to round three. But then Cote landed a HUGE right on an already wobbly Burkman, who did his best to survive, but the ref called it off.
Cote by TKO in round three.
FIGHT: Neil Magny vs. Erick Silva
Round One: Silva missed a stupid spinning back fist which Magny turned into a takedown, but Silva was able to get up and get a takedown of his own. But then Magny got up without taking much punishment and got another takedown. Basically a wrestling match through the first four minutes. Magny got a nice takedown into back control in the last minute though and flattened out Silva, including landing some very solid shots. No question Magny won round one. Now we get to see if Silva is out of gas or will just give up like normal (what? he’s a frontrunner)
Round Two: Some back and forth strikes, with each fighter landing a couple good shots. Magny made a mistake a little over halfway through the round by being too upright, enabling Silva to get double underhooks and an easy takedown. Still, not much damage done, and Magny got back up and had Silva pinned against the cage for about twenty seconds. Silva landed some nice body kicks, and probably won the round.
Round Three: Silva came out with some decent strikes, and definitely some powerful shots, but Magny also landed well. Magny did a really good job with his jab, but he was throwing them more as an annoyance than for damage. Silva was all about damage and threw power shots. Nothing really dramatic in terms of shots, but Magny got a decent takedown, which (surprise surprise) didn’t last, and Silva landed a nice judo throw, which Magny ALSO stood right up from. These guys need to work on actually HOLDING someone down. Not the most exciting round, and while Silva was throwing more power, I think Magny landed more and better shots and won the round.
Magny via split decision.
FIGHT: Max Holloway vs. Charles Oliveira
Round One: Holloway definitely went to the body a lot early, and Oliveira tried to pull him down into his guard but hurt his shoulder. He stood up like he was going to keep fighting, check his shoulder and just sat back down. Fight ended with a possible broken collarbone.
Well, that sucked.
Holloway by TKO in round one.
Knockout of the Night:
Close Second Knockout (Yowza):
QUICK AND DIRTY RESULTS
- Shane Campbell vs. Elias Silverio
- Chris Beal vs. Chris Kelades – Kelades by split decision.
- Frankie Perez vs. Sam Stout – Perez by TKO in round one.
- Nikita Krylov vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima – Krylov by rear naked choke in round one.
- Felipe Arantes vs. Yves Jabouin – Arantes by armbar in round one.
- Misha Cirkunov d. Daniel Jolly
- Valerie Letourneau vs. Maryna Moroz -Letourneau by unanimous decision.
- Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Tony Sims – Aubin-Mercier via unanimous decision
- Chad Laprise vs. Francisco Trinaldo – Trinaldo via TKO in round one.
- Josh Burkman vs. Patrick Cote – Cote by TKO in round three.
- Neil Magny vs. Erick Silva – Magny via split decision.
- Max Holloway vs. Charles Oliveira – Holloway by TKO in round one.