UFC Combat Evening 148 is within the books, because the ESPN+-televised went down from inside Bridgestone Enviornment final evening (Sat., March 23, 2019) in Nashville, Tennessee in an thrilling evening of fights. Within the headlining act, Anthony Pettis knocked out Stephen Thompson in a surprising Welterweight debut (see it once more right here). Within the co-headlining act, Curtis Blaydes bought again within the win column with a dominant win over the red-hot Justin Willis (recap).
Largest Winner: Anthony Pettis
Most didn’t count on Pettis — who beforehand competed at each Light-weight and Featherweight — to take take out Thompson, the No. four ranked welterweight on this planet, within the violent vogue that he did in his first battle at 170-pounds. However he did simply that and backed up his promise to shock the world by connecting on a perfectly-placed superman punch that slept “Wonderboy” lengthy earlier than he hit the canvas and ate two extra pictures.
It’s an enormous win for “Showtime,” who now holds wins in three weight courses. He additionally holds the bragging rights to be the one man to ever knockout out the Karate knowledgeable in an MMA cage or in any type of fight in additional than 80 fights. One thing Anthony’s far more highly effective teammate Tyron Woodley couldn’t do in 50 minutes of motion. Afterward, “Showtime” revealed he needs to battle at each 170 and 155 kilos. Whereas that will gradual his run to a title if he retains shifting up and down, it appears at this level Pettis merely needs to participate in thrilling matchups. And wherever he goes, there can be lots to decide on type now that he has the prospect to dabble in a number of divisions.
Runner Up: Jussier Formiga
Deiveson Figueiredo had by no means tasted defeat in his professional combined martial arts (MMA) profession, reeling off a whopping 15 straight wins, together with his first 4 bouts contained in the Octagon. That was till he bumped into Jussier, the person they name “Ant.” for 15 minutes, Formiga and Deiveson went at it with Jussier getting the higher of the grappling battle within the eyes of the judges. Apart from handing his foe the primary lack of his profession, Formiga collected his fourth straight win. Whereas he wont get Henry Cejudo immediately like he wished if Dana White has his method, he does make a case to get the following title shot in opposition to “The Messenger” at 125 kilos. Assuming the division sticks spherical.
Runner Up: Curtis Blaydes
“Razor” proved he nonetheless is, and all the time can be, a legit risk within the Heavyweight division regardless of his earlier lighting-quick knockout loss to Francis Ngannou by taking to and utterly dominating Justin Willis from the opening bell. And to the shock of many, he did it along with his wrestling, rag-dolling “Massive Fairly” from pillar to publish. It was maybe a problem Curtis took personally, as Willis was very adamant his foe wouldn’t don’t have anything to supply him within the grappling division since he trains with Cain Velasquez and Daniel Cormier every day. By shutting out Willis utterly — one decide had it 50-45 — Curtis silenced the very-talkative Willis in what is popping out to be a really private rivalry. The nice factor for Blaydes is that he doubtless gained’t need to see Justin contained in the cage for fairly a while, as he’s going up whereas Willis has to begin from scratch.
Largest Loser: Stephen Thompson
Dropping is difficult sufficient, however I’m certain getting knocked out for the primary time in an MMA battle is a tablet that’s a bit harder to swallow. The loss to Pettis provides “Wonderboy” a two-fight shedding streak, the primary of his fight profession. That couldn’t have come at a worse time, because the 170-pound weight class may be very stacked in the mean time, which suggests his climb as much as one other title battle will get that a lot harder.
Not solely does he need to rack up one spectacular win after one other, however he has to hope the remainder of the highest canines don’t go on spectacular runs of their very own. The loss will certainly drop him down just a few pegs within the rankings. Nonetheless, endurance would be the key for Stephen, who now has to enter his subsequent battle with the potential of shedding three in a row weighing heavy at the back of his thoughts. However he’s nonetheless a legit risk to anybody who steps into the cage with him, so don’t be underestimating or writing him off simply but.
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