6 Takeaways from UFC 222

UFC 222 might have had the worst main event in the history of the promotion, but the most of the fights beforehand made up for it.

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 03: (R-L) Brian Ortega knocks out Frankie Edgar in their featherweight bout during the UFC 222 event inside T-Mobile Arena on March 3, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

6 Takeaways from UFC 222

UFC 222 might have had the worst main event in the history of the promotion, but the most of the fights beforehand might have made up for it. Here are some takeaways from Saturday night.

Brian Ortega

Brian Ortega has arrived folks. I had mentioned on the podcast that everyone thinks that his ground game is his bread and butter and that people didn’t realize he had some power…well the kid can swing too. A vicious elbow and an uppercut from hell later, and here we have Brian Ortega ready for a title shot. Ortega has improved with every fight, which is scary. Not only is the kid really good, but his humble demeanor makes him an easy guy to root for. Oh and another thing, classy statement by Max Holloway after the fight…maybe Colby Covington can learn a thing or two about how not to be a complete douchebag.

Alexander Hernandez

Hi Alexander…is it me or was that just an absolute mismatch from the get-go? Dariush looked extremely sluggish and man did Hernandez capitalize. Quite a way to make a UFC debut.

Mackenzie Dern

Dern has a lot of work to do and she had no business being a -440 favorite. Her striking reminded me of when I was in high school looking across the street at the local 7-11 and seeing two girls scrap. On the ground she is truly legit, but on the feet she is unwatchable. What was up with the translator???

Ketlen Vieira

Ketlen is more than likely next in line at a title shot. She’s a complete fighter, with her judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu credentials and her striking she has an extremely bright future. That judo throw she executed against Zingano was top notch.

Cody Stamann

It’s a shame that his fight against Brian Caraway was on UFC Fight Pass, because it was entertaining and I’m sure some people missed it. Caraway landed a solid takedown and got a dominant position in the 1st round, but after that Stamann adjusted. By the 3rd Stamann looked like the better fighter connecting with solid counters and his takedown defense was solid. I really liked what I saw out of Stamann, it was a solid test and he passed with a gutty performance.

Sean O’ Malley

I guess I have to mention O’Malley, because while I don’t like the kid, he showed a ton of heart sustaining a leg injury in the 3rd round and basically fighting on one leg. I will admit that I was a tad disappointed with Andre Soukhamthath’s fight IQ, because he went for the takedown at the time when he should have kept the injured O’Malley standing. O’Malley’s distance management is really good but if he gets into the cage with a high level grappler he could be in trouble. O’Malley is a really good prospect and will only get better.