UFC 170 Musings

A look back at Saturday's UFC 170 event...
UFC 170: Rousey vs. McMannRONDA
No armbar??? A liver shot knockout??? If Ronda Rousey couldn’t get any scarier, she might have done so on Saturday night with her 66 second knockout of Sara McMann. And yes, there was controversy about the stoppage, but if McMann is allowed to continue after taking that knee to the liver, odds are that the ensuing onslaught from the UFC women’s bantamweight champion was going to finish matters even more emphatically seconds later. Yet while we’re on the topic, in real time I thought Herb Dean’s stoppage was early, but upon second glance, you can clearly see that when he begins to intervene, McMann is taking unanswered shots and not intelligently defending herself. By the time the stoppage finishes, McMann is on her way back to her feet, which is what prompted the boos from the fans at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. So it was the right call, especially when Dean has a split second to make such a decision. Unfortunately, refereeing is a job where you usually only get noticed when there’s a controversy, but Dean is one of the best in the sport. Having said that, I do disagree with his late stoppage in the Mike Pyle-TJ Waldburger bout. Waldburger, who was coming off a knockout loss in his previous fight, took too many unanswered shots before Dean eventually stepped in. But back to Ms. Rousey, whose dominance in the division is getting more prominent. She isn’t just going in there to win fights; she’s going to win fights in particular ways. On Saturday, the method of choice was knockout by body shot. She got it, a testament to her attention to the striking game. When speaking to her before the fight, Rousey said that boxing had reinvigorated her competitively, and while it wasn’t a boxing move that ended the McMann fight, those body shots were born from coach Edmond Tarverdyan’s attention to the striking game. As for Rowdy Ronda’s next challenge, it’s got to be between Cat Zingano and Alexis Davis. Does either contender have a shot? Zingano’s striking and Davis’ ground game and durability give them each ways to win, but at this point, both have to be longshots on the oddsmakers’ board.


Daniel Cormier was really in a no win situation against Patrick Cummins Saturday night. Facing a 4-0 fighter coming in on short notice due to an injury suffered by Rashad Evans, Cormier had to be spectacular. Any other result and there would be question marks surrounding the light heavyweight debut of DC. But he was spectacular, blasting Cummins out in 79 seconds that made him an immediate player in the 205-pound weight class. It was clearly Cormier’s best performance in the UFC, putting him right in the title mix. As for Cummins, despite Saturday’s result, he will get another shot in the Octagon, and with a full camp under his belt, he is likely to show off the skills that made him one of the most avoided prospects in the division. It was just that against a motivated and angry Cormier on this night, he turned out to be in over his head.

Some disagreed with the decision and others wondered why Rory MacDonald didn’t more aggressively pursue the finish against Demian Maia, but the way I see it, “Ares” reintroduced himself to the welterweight title picture in a big way with his Fight of the Night victory over the Brazilian grappling ace. Showing resilience and heart in bad situations before displaying an accurate and vicious striking attack, MacDonald bounced back from his loss to Robbie Lawler in impressive style, and with plenty of intriguing options for him at 170 pounds that include rematches with the only two men to beat him – Lawler and Carlos Condit – the Canadian will likely be in some big fights here on out in 2014.

Like Daniel Cormier, Raphael Assuncao was in one of those no win situations in his bout against late replacement Pedro Munhoz. Originally scheduled to face fellow bantamweight contender Francisco Rivera, the Brazilian was put in with Munhoz after an injury pulled “Cisco” from the fight. And if Assuncao lost to the unbeaten, but unknown, Munhoz, it would not only scrap his five fight winning streak, it would take him right out of contention for a shot at champion Renan Barao. And while Assuncao wasn’t as dominant and decisive as Cormier was against Patrick Cummins, he got the victory, his win streak is now six, and he’s at the top of the line for a possible title fight later this year.

Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson picked up a Performance of the Night bonus for his win over Robert Whittaker, and Mike “Quicksand” Pyle was impressive as well in stopping TJ Waldburger. So what’s next for these welterweight standouts? How about a fight against each other. Sure, Pyle has a huge experience edge on the still evolving Thompson, but the striking of Wonderboy has a way of equalizing everything. This fight has fireworks written all over it.


김동현이 한국에서 최초로 열린 UFC 대회의 공동 메인이벤트에서 큰 인상을 남긴다. 웰터급 랭킹 7위의 김동현은 최근 7경기에서 6승을 거뒀다.
2015. 11. 28
UFC Fight Night at the Olympic Park Gymnastics Arena on November 28, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Mitch Viquez/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
2015. 11. 28
벤슨 헨더슨이 호르헤 마스비달과 많은 기술이 시도된 5라운드 경기에서 2-1 판정승을 거둔다.
2015. 11. 28
고국 한국의 서울에서 열린 UFN 서울 대회, 김동현이 도미닉 워터스에게 크루시픽스 포지션을 사용해 1라운드 초반 TKO승을 거둔다.
2015. 11. 28