UFC 185: Pettis vs. dos Anjos - Dominant performances by Rafael dos Anjos and Joanna Jedrzejczyk
For the first time in a long time, UFC held two events in a row without the smaller ones like "Fight Night" or "on Fox" in between. I didn't blog about the previous one, UFC 184, 'cause there's nothing much to talk about and Ronda Rousey's win was predictable before the matchup was even confirmed, let alone winning in just 14 seconds with a straight armbar submission. A submission in 14 seconds, not a knockout! Obviously, it doesn't look anyone could challenge Rousey in the women's bantamweight division.
Seeing Rousey finishing quickly is actually more merciful than watching the first ever women's strawweight title defence in UFC history of Carla Esparza (10-3) who got totally destroyed by Polish challenger Joanna Jędrzejczyk (9-0) on standup. Jedrzejczyk looked way bigger than Esparza, her takedown defence was outstanding, and with over 60 Muay Thai wins under her belt, she was able to completely dominate Esparza and there was nothing the first and now-former champion could do. It was actually starting to get a bit uncomfortable before the referee stopped the fight in the second round as Esparza was constantly getting punched in the face almost every second. It felt like child abuse, seriously. It'll be interesting to see if anyone in this division could defeat this new UFC Women's Strawweight Champion.
Rafael dos Anjos (24-7) gave the performance of his career to take the lightweight title from Anthony Pettis (18-3). dos Anjos' convincingly won every single round in the championship bout for the decision win. The Brazilian, who has a blackbelt in BJJ, pressed forward the entire time, took Pettis down at least once in every round with his unstoppable double-legs, delivered a lot of strikes while controlling the ground even when in Pettis' guard, and he was also actually winning on standup as well with his superior boxing. Pettis' right eye was damage from the very first round when he got caught with dos Anjos' strong left punch and the pressure was on ever since. dos Anjos' cardio was amazing, looking fresh from start to the end. He came very close to a kimura arm lock in the fourth round but Pettis defended very well. Pettis did throw some really good kicks but dos Anjos just ate them like they were nothing and countered with his own attacks. Total dominance by the now-new UFC Lightweight Champion.
UFC 185 - Results(Source: Wikipedia)
Fight of the Night: (none awarded)
Performance of the Night: Rafael dos Anjos, Joanna Jędrzejczyk, Ross Pearson and Beneil Dariush
Main CardLightweight Title: Rafael dos Anjos def. Anthony Pettis (c) | Decision (unanimous) | 5 rounds
Women's Strawweight Title: Joanna Jędrzejczyk def. Carla Esparza (c) | TKO (punches) | R2 4:17
Welterweight: Johny Hendricks def. Matt Brown | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Heavyweight: Alistair Overeem def. Roy Nelson | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Flyweight: Henry Cejudo def. Chris Cariaso Decision | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Preliminary CardLightweight: Ross Pearson def. Sam Stout | KO (punches) | R2 1:33
Middleweight: Elias Theodorou def. Roger Narvaez | TKO (punches) | R2 4:07
Catchweight (157 lbs): Beneil Dariush def. Daron Cruickshank | Submission (RNC) | R2 2:48
Heavyweight: Jared Rosholt def. Josh Copeland | TKO (punches) | R3 3:12
Flyweight: Ryan Benoit def. Sergio Pettis | TKO (punches) | R2 1:34
Lightweight: Joseph Duffy def. Jake Lindsey | TKO (head kick and punches) | R1 1:47
Women's Bantamweight: Germaine de Randamie def. Larissa Pacheco | TKO (punches) | R2 2:02
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