It is a little after 10:30 am eastern time and we already have a main card full of UFC fights in the book, I don’t hate that. Regardless of the outcomes I will take an early morning card over a late night card anytime. In case you missed the fights, or were still too intoxicated from your Friday night nonsense to know what happened, here is a quick recap of the main card.
Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Tarec Saffiedine
RDA’s move to the Welterweight Division went as planned against the long time vet Saffiedine. RDA controlled the majority of the fight and looked better than I expected nullifying almost every threat Saffiedine posed. I would have liked to see a finish here out of RDA to cement him as the monster he was for a short period of time in the Lightweight Division, but my hopes are high for him once again. I may be let down when he faces a true contender in his next bout, but for now his Unanimous Decision win did enough to get me excited.
Colby Covington vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Like him or not, Colby Covington put on a wrestling clinic in this fight. There was no time that I believed he was in true danger of losing any round. He was so dominant he received a 30-25 and 30-26 on final scorecards. There wasn’t much striking on the feet other than one exchange where Covington clearly got the better of Kim, slightly wobbling him before the buzzer. Covington’s wrestling credentials and skills can’t be denied, but I think he has a long way to go in his striking before we can sell him as the threat to the title he sells himself as. I would love to see him against Kamaru Usman sometime in the near future.
Marcin Tybura vs. Andrei Arlovski
In another lackluster fight Marcin Tybura managed a Unanimous Decision win over dangerous striker Andrei Arlovski. Tybura dominated round one throwing blows from full mount for most of the round. There was a point in the fight where it looked Tybura may have had a case of the Carwin’s and gassed but Arlovski chose to clinch rather than continue to exchange on the feet where he was having some success. Ultimately Tybura ended up back in a position to neutralize any danger from Arlovski and received the nod from the judges. Neither fighter impressed many people, but I think it is time for Arlovski to hang up the gloves or make a move to Bellator and try to avenge his loss to Fedor Emelianenko.
Holly Holm vs. Bethe Correia
Please, Please, Please, UFC, stop making Women the main or co-main event of cards. They us down every time. I can’t blame Holm for fighting tentative while riding and L3, but it was to the point of pathetic that judge Marc Goddard had to politely step in during round two and ask them to fight. In the end Holm landed her signature head kick and saved us all from what we feared most, another Bethe Correia booty drop. I am not sure where either fighter goes from here but my hope is Invicta FC along with the rest of the Women’s roster.