What were the top stories last week?
Everyone knows about the big fight that happened. But what else happened this week?
Yesterday, I gave my thoughts on how I think the main event of this show goes. In another era, Alexander Gustafsson would be a nightmare opponent for anyone. But more than likely, not for Bones. I do hope that we get a bit of a barn burner though.
As for the semi-main event, Eddie Wineland gets the most recent chance at Renan Barao who is undefeated under the Zuffa banner. While many aren’t too excited about this card, it kickstarts the most insane stretch of big shows the UFC has ever had. The next three months are going to be action packed.
Let’s get to the UFC 165 play by play.
1. Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Pat Healy
The first round was a bit sloppy. Nurmagomedov led with lunging uppercuts, some which landed. Healy kept coming forward, but Nurmagomedov fought well backpedaling. Healy continued in his pursuit like a robot even though he took several shots to the face and had a cut. Nurmagomedov went for two takedowns late that probably cinched the round for him.
Healy had a much better round as Nurmagomedov looked to tire. Both guys couldn’t keep the same pace as the first, but they tried. Nurmagomedov came on late with takedowns and a good shot on the ground to take it in a close one. Continue reading
Photo via Dana White’s Twitter.
This show comes off the heels of the Bellator debut on Spike TV and right before the new season of The Ultimate Fighter and also kicks off several weeks in a row of UFC shows, including next weekend’s UFC On Fox show which will probably get some publicity during this weekend’s NFC Conference Championship game.
1. Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Thiago Tavares
Damn. Nurmagomedov caught Tavares with a lunging uppercut and blasted him with elbows to the side of his head until the stoppage. Tavares probably took 5-10 too many shots there as he wasn’t defending at all.
Winner: Khabib Nurmagomedov by way of 1st round TKO
2. Ben Rothwell vs. Gabriel Gonzaga