DOS ANJOS UPSETS PETTIS AT UFC 185

NEW LIGHTWEIGHT (155) CHAMPION OF THE WORLD

New Lightweight Champion

New Lightweight Champion

Los Angeles, CA– Two new champions were crowned at UFC 185 from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX.  In the main event, Rafael dos Anjos (24-7) dominated Anthony Pettis (18-3) to become the new UFC lightweight champion.  The Brazilian employed a strategy of taking Pettis down as many times as he could and keeping him there.  He won by scores of 50-45 on all three cards after 5 rounds.  Pettis had shown vulnerability to grappling in the past, but was the favorite going in.  It was not the type of fight that needs no immediate rematch.  Dos Anjos was the vastly superior fighter on the night, and Pettis will have to earn his way back up.

WHO IS NEXT IN LINE?

Up next for the new champ will likely be the winner of the upcoming UFC 187 bout between Donald Cerrone (26-7, 1 NC) and Khabib Numagomedov (22-0).  Dos Anjos has already beaten Cerrone, and I think Khabib will likely take a will over the American as well.  In a potential matchup with dos Anjos, I would also favor the Russian.  Khabib is one of the best kept secrets in the UFC.  Despite an impressive undefeated record, “Nurmy” has flown under the radars of many fans.  With grappling that looks better than dos Anjos on paper, Khabib looks like a real threat to the belt.

NEW STRAWWEIGHT (115) CHAMP AS WELL

New Strawweight Champ

New Strawweight Champ

In the co-main, it was the striker who defeated the grappler, as Poland’s Joanna Jedrzejczyk (9-0) dominated Carla Esparza (10-3) on the feet before stopping her with strikes at 4:17 of round number two.  Jedrzejzyk avoided several takedown attempts by Esparza and battered her on the feet.  The new champ looked the part.  She was able to use to land at will on her outmatched opponent, and will be a force in the future.  The strawweight division has gotten off to a great start, and its new number one fighter looks like a future fan favorite.

HENDRICKS WIN LACKLUSTER FIGHT

Former welterweight (170) champ Johny Hendricks (17-3) defeated Matt Brown (19-13) in a bbout devoid of compelling action.  On paper it looked like an exciting match between two of the best in the division.  It ended up being a very cautious affair, with Hendricks earning the unanimous decision win.

NO KNOCKOUT WITH THESE HEAVYWEIGHTS (265 LIMIT)

In another tepid affair, Alistair Overeem (39-14, 1 NC) won convincingly over Roy Nelson (20-11).  Since his recent string of knockout losses, Overeem has fought much more conservatively.  It has kept his career afloat, and he is now on a two-clash win streak.

BANTAMWEIGHT (135) REMAINS UNBEATEN IN OPENING BOUT

Henry Cejudo (8-0) beat Chris Cariaso (17-7) by UD after 3.  It was an impressive showing for Cejudo, who took on the best opponent of his career.

FX PRELIMS RESULTS

LIGHTWEIGHTS:

Ross Pearson (17-8) KO2 (1:33) Sam Stout (20-11-1)

LIGHTWEIGHTS:

Beneil Dariush (10-1) SUB2 (2:48) Daron Cruickshank (16-6, 1 NC)

MIDDLEWEIGHTS (185):

Elias Theodorou (11-0) TKO2 (4:07) Roger Narvaez (7-2)

HEAVYWEIGHTS:

Jared Rosholt (12-2) TKO3 (3:12) Josh Copeland (9-2)

UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS RESULTS

FLYWEIGHTS (125):

Ryan Benoit (8-3) TKO2 (1:34) Sergio Pettis (12-2)

LIGHTWEIGHTS:

Joseph Duffy (13-1) KO1 (1:47) Jake Lindsey (9-3)

BANTAMWEIGHTS:

Germane de Randamie (5-3) TKO2 Larissa Pacheco (10-2)

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2015 Overall Picks Record: 45-21

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