The Real Winners and Losers from UFC: Super Fight WoooW

The Real Winners and Losers from UFC: Super Fight WoooW

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After a weekend away, the UFC back to our displays on Saturday night time with the UFC on ESPN 31 card out of the Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The card changed into crowned through high-stakes bantamweight combat among No. 4-ranked contender Rob Font, and No. 5-ranked contender Jose Aldo. After 5 riveting rounds of action, the 35-year-vintage Aldo changed into named the winner through unanimous choice, taking a massive step withinside the course of the bantamweight division's final prize withinside the process. 

The UFC on ESPN 31 card changed into co-headlined through a dynamite light-weight conflict among top-15 contenders Rafael Fiziev and Brad Riddell. Fiziev received the combat in highlight-reel fashion, preventing his rival with a third-spherical wheel kick.

Elsewhere at the card, we witnessed a few massive wins from the likes of Jamahal Hill, Clay Guida, and Chris Curtis. But who without a doubt received and misplaced the maximum floor by the point all changed into stated and done?

Winner: The Legacy of Jose Aldo

The former WEC and UFC featherweight champion had already secured his area withinside the MMA pantheon years ago, however nonetheless maintains to combat at the best degree of the recreation — at 35 years vintage, and after 39 expert fights.

Aldo picked up his modern-day win withinside the important occasion of UFC on ESPN 31 in Las Vegas, in which he took on New England's Rob Font. Font had a few achievements withinside the combat — specifically early withinside the first spherical — however by the point the 5th spherical changed into over, he'd been out-punched, out-kicked, and out-grappled through his mythical foe.

All 3 cage-aspect judges scored it in choose of the Brazilian.

In victory, Aldo is now 3-2 due to the fact of losing from featherweight to bantamweight. His lone losses withinside the stretch were a hotly debated choice loss to Marlon Moraes, and a TKO defeat to meantime bantamweight champion Petr Yan — simply not anything to smirk at.

After his win over Font, Aldo was known for combat with former bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw. It stays to be visible if he receives that opportunity, however one aspect is clear: His legacy on this recreation receives extra awesome on every occasion he steps into the cage.

Loser: Long Commutes

New Zealand's Brad Riddell and Australia's Jimmy Crute needed to make long commutes to partake of their UFC on ESPN 31 fights. Unfortunately, each guy made the experience in vain.

Crute changed up first, taking over Jamahal Hill. Despite getting into the cage as a moderate having a betting favorite, the Australian changed into decimated through his American foe, succumbing to a proper hook and follow-up floor strike simply forty-eight seconds into a spherical one.

Riddell changed into up next, taking over Kyrgyzstan's Rafael Fiziev. Riddell had his moments withinside the early going, however, changed into at the end placed down through a third-spherical wheel kick.

Australia and New Zealand have had a few important achievements in MMA over the previous few years, thank you for the massive component to stars like Israel Adesanya, Alexander Volkanovski, and Robert Whittaker. Unfortunately, now no longer all who make the long flight from Oceania to America go back domestic with a win. 

Crute and Riddell discovered that the difficult manner at UFC on ESPN 31. That aircraft trip goes to suck.

Loser: Fighting Like a Veteran

Leonardo Santos is forty-one years vintage, with a 24-combat resume that dates lower back to 2006. He certainly did not appear the component in his lightweight scrap with Clay Guida at the UFC on ESPN 31 important card.  

Santos, an embellished Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, harm Guida with a punch early withinside the first spherical. He then swarmed his foe in pursuit of a finish, however fast regarded to get distracted, searching frustratedly over to the referee, certainly hoping the combat could be stopped.

The referee did now no longer forestall the combat, which means Santos nonetheless had extra paintings to do. Unfortunately, it fast has become clean that the Brazilian had definitely burned out his hands in his livid chase for a finish.

From there, matters most effective were given worse for him. Guida survived the spherical, and withinside the second, took Santos' lower back to fasten up a rear-bare choke. The black belt tapped out on the 1:21 mark of spherical.

It changed into a final result that regarded nearly improbable beforehand of the combat, and one which Santos apparently may want to have averted had he been only a little extra affected person in his pursuit of a finish, and a bit much less concerned approximately what the referee changed into doing.

Winner: The Action Man

After being denied an agreement on Dana White's Contender Series in 2019, a short retirement, and stints in an extended listing of smaller organizations, "The Action Man" eventually made his Octagon debut at UFC 268 on November 6, taking over the highly-seemed Phil Hawes in short-note middleweight combat. 

Curtis received that combat thru first-spherical knockout, and much less than a month after that awesome upset, back at UFC on ESPN 31 for every other short-note combat, this time in opposition to growing contender Brendan Allen. 

Once again, Curtis entered the cage as an underdog. Once again, he defied the odds, this time with a second-spherical knockout victory. Throw withinside the truth that Curtis is in reality a herbal welterweight, and his short-note middleweight wins over Hawes and Allen are even extra awesome.

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