6 Takeaways from UFC 224
UFC 224 did not disappoint as there were quite a few interesting fights and 11 that finished inside the distance, 6 in the first round alone. Here are some takeaways from Saturday night’s event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Wesley (@TruUKFan) and I have pointed out in recent podcasts and such that fight IQ is so important. Junior Albini is yet another example. Oleksiy Oliynyk was trying to get the fight to the ground and for a while Albini was having none of that. Then Albini takes him down…why on earth would you do that when you clearly have the advantage on the feet? Why would you do that against a guy that has 10 (now 11) wins via Ezekial choke. Fight IQ is so important.
It was a close fight and I had the fight scored for Jacare, but you have to hand it to Kelvin Gastelum for an impressive performance. Kelvin, I understand you want a title shot but weren’t you submitted by Chris Weidman close to a year ago? I mean, don’t get me wrong but the Jacare he fought is 39 years old…he might be waiting for a while unless the UFC really wants to give him the shot. Jacare was gassed after that 1st round, which was pretty surprising to say the least.
Out of all the winning performances Saturday night, Davi Ramos was the one that really was the most impressive to me. His BJJ is legit and his striking has improved…Ramos looks totally different from when he first stepped in to the Octagon in March of 2017.
First off, shame on Raquel Pennington’s corner…absolutely disgusting. Now, on to Amanda Nunes. What a performance, she totally outclassed Raquel and her unpredictable striking really caused Pennington a lot of trouble. I didn’t think Amanda was going to keep the pace up but she did, and she looked really good. Who’s next for Nunes? I’d have to think it would be Ketlan Viera, which should be an outstanding matchup.
Ok, I was dead wrong about Dern…she can hit…but the whole missing weight by 7 lbs is inexcusable. Move up to 125…you can’t make 115 and it’s pretty obvious. Move up to 125 and get worked by Valentina…please.
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos
Don’t look now but it looks like we have another contender in an already stacked welterweight division. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos is a fighter you don’t hear much about, but he’s won 5 straight in the UFC and had an extremely impressive performance knocking out Sean Strickland. Maybe a step up in competition is in order.