Friday December 9, 2016– Live from Albany New York the UFC returned to the Big Apple with a couple of heavyweight wars to headline the card. In the main event two top 15 heavyweights go head to head to see who can earn an early xmas gift and move into the top 10. Derrick Lewis has won 4 in a row, and he is puts his winning streak on the line knowing that a convincing win against Abdurakhimov will move him one step closer to a future title shot. As for Shamil Abdurakhimov he has won 2 in a row and knows that if he can beat Lewis then he might earn himself a top 10 opponent in his next fight. In the co main another pair of heavyweight went head to head as the top prospect from France Francis Ngannou took on the always dangerous Anthony Hamilton. With the main event featuring two ranked heavyweights, Ngannou and Hamilton know they need to make an impact if they want to stay relevant. A light heavyweight bout between Corey Anderson and Sean O’ Connell, Anderson needs another win to keep climbing the ladder top the top 5 and for O’ Connell if he can finish Anderson he can find himself in the top 15. Also in the light heavyweight division hometown hero Gian Villante looks to keep climbing the ladder against the undefeated Saparbeg Safarov. Also on the card a strawweight battle between Juliana Lima and JJ Aldrich, and in the welterweight division Randy Brown takes on Brian Camozzi. The first of back to back days for the UFC kicks off on UFC Fight Pass in the Big Apple.
LET’S GET THINGS STARTED!!!!
We get things kicked off in the strawweight division as #15 Juliana Lima (8-3) took on JJ Aldrich (4-1). Lima came out on point with her striking from the first bell by out landing Aldrich with significant strikes. Aldrich never really stood a chance in the point category but she did go the distance. Winner: Juliana Lima (9-3) by Unanimous Decision (30-27,30-27,30-27). – Loser: JJ Aldrich (4-2). Next up in the middleweight division Keith Berish (5-0) took on Ryan Janes (8-1). Two middleweights came out looking to make an impact and that they did. As good as Berish was early in the fight it was the strong cardio and on point striking from Janes that sealed the deal. Winner: Ryan Janes (9-1) by Unanimous Decision (29-28,29-28,29-28). – Loser: Keith Berish (5-1). Next we head to the lightweight division were to rising superstars in Frankie Perez (10-2) and Marc Diakiese (10-0) went head to head. Even though it was very clear that the two fighters didn’t like each other in the end it didn’t matter as Diakiese was able to control the fight from start to finish. Perez looked good at some parts of his game but it just wasn’t enough. Winner: Marc Diakiesem (11-0) by Unanimous Decision (29-28,29-28,29-28). – Loser: Frankie Perez (10-3). Next up the featherweights as Tiago Trator (20-5-2) took on the undefeated Shane Burgos (7-0). What a debut it was for Shane Burgos as in front of his hometown fans he put on a show against the veteran Tiago Trator. Burgos overwhelmed Trator with a strong striking game early and as big of heart the vet Trator has tonight just wasn’t his night. Winner: Shane Burgos (8-0) by Unanimous Decision (30-26,29-28,29-27). – Loser: Thiago Trator (20-6-2). Next up we head to the middleweight division TUF 23 winner Andrew Sanchez (9-2) took on Trevor Smith (14-6). A beautiful performance from Sanchez as he overwhelmed Smith with big strikes and a strong ground game. Even though both fighters were winded after going the distance that doesn’t take away anything from the performance by Andrew Sanchez. Winner: Andrew Sanchez (10-2) by unanimous Decision (30-27,30-27,30-27). – Loser: Trevor Smith (14-7). Next up we stay in the middleweight division as Joe Gigliotti (7-1) took on Gerald Meerschaert (24-8). A beautiful performance for Meerschaert as he displays a beautiful ground game before sinking in the anaconda choke for the finish. What a debut for Meerschaert. Winner: Gerald Meerschaert (25-8) by Submission (Anaconda Choke) Round 1. – Loser: Joe Gigliotti (7-2). Next up in the welterweight division two up and comers Randy Brown (8-1) took on Brian Camozzi (7-2). A stand out performance for Brown as in the 1st round Camozzi had Brown in trouble but a strong recovery by brown set up the finish in round 2. Winner: Randy Brown (9-1) by TKO Round 2. – Loser: Brian Camozzi (7-3). In the featured Prelim bout the strawweights took center stage as the undefeated Justine Kish (5-0) took on Ashley Yoder (5-1). What a fight to cap off the prelims as Yoder and Kish left it all in the octagon. Kish had a very strong ground game that had Yoder rocked at times. As for Yoder her ground game was amazing as when the fight went to the mat Yoder dominated. But after going the distance it was Justine Kish that was able to do enough to get the win. Winner: Justine Kish (6-0) by Unanimous Decision (29-28,29-28,29-28). – Loser: Ashley Yoder (5-2).
As the main card kicks off we head to the light heavyweight division were #14 Gian Villante (14-7) took on the undefeated debuting Saparbeg Safarov (8-0). What a back and forth war of hands between these two. Villante landed big early but Safarov stuck around and did everything he could to stay in the fight but at the end of the day Villante was just too much and he was the one standing tall. Winner: Gian Villante (15-7) by TKO Round 2. – Loser: Saparbeg Safarov (8-1). Next up we stay in the light heavyweight division as #9 Corey Anderson (9-2) took on Sean O’ Connell (17-8). Back to back finishes in the light heavyweight division and this time it was Corey OT Anderson who dominated O’Connell from the jump. After landing takedowns in the 1st and second round Anderson was able to set himself up to lay some ground and pound for the finish. Winner: Corey Anderson (10-2) by TKO Round 2. – Loser: Sean O’ Connell (17-9). In the co main event the big bad heavyweights took center stage as the up and coming star #12 Francis Ngannou (8-1) took on Anthony Hamilton (15-5). As quick as it started it was over. The red-hot Ngannou just keeps the finishes coming as he beat Hamilton by escaping the clench and turning it into a Komura. The tap came in seconds and that was all she wrote. Winner: Francis Ngannou (9-1) by Submission (Komura) Round 1. – Loser: Anthony Hamilton (15-6).
Main Event Heavyweight Division
#10 Derrick Lewis (16-4) Vs #15 Shamil Abdurakhimov (16-3)
In the main event to big bad heavyweights took center stage for a chance to take the next step in their career. The red-hot Derrick Lewis is on the role of his career and he knows that if he can finish Shamil he can move into the top 10 and earn a top 5 opponent. As for Shamil he sits on the bottom of the division and a win over Lewis will not only shoot him up but also show he is here to stay. The big bad heavyweights go head to head. Don’t blink. Here we go. Into the 1st we go and the action starts off with Lewis trying to throw a leg kick that Shamil catches then follows up with a takedown. After some light ground work the round wore on and Lewis throws another kick that gets caught and that leads to another takedown. Into the 2nd after an accidental eye poke Lewis started to slow down, another leg kick by Lewis and another takedown for Shamil. Lewis at this point through two rounds knows that he is down and needs to start making an impact. Into 3rd Lewis starts to throw some bombs but before he knew it he was back on his back and in trouble. Even though Shamil isn’t doing much he is landing the takedowns and taking control. But before you know it as the round comes to an end Lewis get the takedown and starts with the ground and pound and that’s all she wrote. Derrick Lewis ground and pound is not one to mess with.
Winner: Derrick Lewis (17-4) by TKO Round 4
Looser: Shamil Abdurakhimov (16-4)
By: Rick San Bartolome
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