UFC Fight Night Ottawa MacDonald Vs Thompson Recap & Results
Saturday June 18, 2016— Live from TD Place Arena in Ottawa, Ontario Canada the UFC made their first trip the former home of the Ottawa Senators and they came heavy-handed with a welterweight showdown. #1 ranked welterweight Rory MacDonald took on #2 ranked Stephen Thompson with the winner being the guaranteed number 1 contender. MacDonald hasn’t fought since he lost to the champion Robbie Lawler back at UFC189 and now back and ready to roll the young Canadian wants one more crack at the gold. Stephen Wonderboy Thompson is on the biggest win streak of his career and knows a win over Rory will shoot him straight to the top. In the co main event Donald Cowboy Cerrone took on Patrick Cote in a pivotal welterweight matchup, Cote has fought in many divisions in the UFC and knows his career is on the back 9 and wants to make one more run at the gold. Cowboy is fighting in the welterweight division for just the 2nd time, Cowboy wants to make an impact and a win over Cote will do just that. The first ever UFC women’s flyweight fight went down as former strawweight title contender Valerie Letourneau took on Joanne Calderwood. A stacked card no doubt, a full slate of prelims to kick things off on the new look UFC Fight Pass.
Let’s GET THINGS STARTED!!!!
The first prelim kicked off in the flyweight division as #10 Ali Bagautinov (14-4) took on Geane Herrera (9-2), a great flyweight war to kick off the night and Bagautinov did enough through all three rounds to get the big win. Winner: Ali Bagautinov by Unanimous Decision. Up next in the welterweight division rising star Colby Covington (9-1) took on the undefeated late replacement Jonathan Meunier (7-1), from start to finish Covington overwhelmed Meunier and ended up getting the rear naked choke finish in the 3rd round. Winner: Colby Covington by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 3. The ladies were up next as Randa Markos (6-4) and Jocelyn Jones Lybarger (6-3) in a strawweight battle, after going all three rounds Markos was able to put on a show and earn the victory. Winner: Randa Markos by Unanimous Decision. The last Fight Pass prelim in the middleweight division Sam Alvey (26-8) took on Elias Theodorou (13-1), After going the distance Theodorou was able to control the fight from start to finish and Alvey fought hard but just couldn’t keep up. Winner: Elias Theodorou by Unanimous Decision. The fights switch to FS1 and the bantamweights kick things off as former title challenger and late replacement Joe Soto (16-5) took on former TUF competitor Chris Beal (10-3), after falling behind early Joe Soto was able to capitalize on Beal’s mistakes and get the submission finish. Winner: Joe Soto by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 3. Next up in the middleweight division Tamdan McCrory (14-4) took on Krzysztof Jotko (18-1), hope you didn’t blink because Krzysztof stiffened McCrory in the very 1st round, a deadly blow by Jotko WOW. Winner: Krzysztof Jotko by KO Round 1. A light heavyweight banger up next as Misha Cirkunov (12-2) took on Ion Cutelaba (11-2), A war of hands between through rounds 1 and 2 but in the 3rd round Misha Cirkunov hits a perfect superman punch then follows up with a takedown. After some ground work Cirkunov sinks in the arm triangle for the finish. Winner: Misha Cirkunov by Submission (Arm Triangle) Round 3. In the featured prelim bout the lightweights took center stage as Leandro Silva (19-3-1) took on Jason Saggo (12-2), a good back and forth fight a lot of action early on from Silva but Saggo continued to stay active and work in some big head kicks. At the end of the fight it came down to the wire but Sago pulled away for the win. Winner Jason Saggo by Split Decision.
The main card kicks off with the first ever women’s flyweight fight, former strawweight title contender #5 Valerie Letourneau (8-5) took on #12 Joanne Calderwood (11-1), In the 1st ever women’s flyweight fight Joanne Calderwood came ready to go and put on a hell of a show. She overwhelmed Letourneau from the start and a couple of mean kicks to the body sealed the deal for Jojo. Winner: Joanne Calderwood by TKO Round 3. Next up in the lightweight division hometown fighter Olivier Aubin Mercier (9-2) took on Thibault Gouti (11-2), early in the fight OAM was in control but some great counters and hard work got Gouti back in the fight but in the 3rd round OAM was able to lad another take down and execute his dominant ground game and that’s how he sunk in the rear naked choke for the win. Winner: Olivier Aubin Mercier by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 3. Next up two light heavyweights certified finishes collide as Sean O’ Connell (17-8) took on Steve Bosse (12-2), A back and forth war of hands between these two warriors. OC had Bosse hurt early but as I stated early these guys are certified finishers and they continued to throw. But at the end of the night Steve Bosse was able to land enough and earn the win. Winner: Steve Bosse by Unanimous Decisicon. In the co main event Donald Cowboy Cerrone (30-7) took on Patrick Cote (24-10) in a welterweight showdown. Donald Cowboy Cerrone came out and dominated from start to finish. Cowboy came out strong with his takedowns and ground game. Into the 2nd round Cerrone started to work in his deadly leg kicks that were setting up his strikes that were not missing. After a couple of knockdowns in the 2nd and 3rd round Cowboy finally put Cote down and jumped on top for some ground and pound and that was it. A picture perfect performance by Donald Cerrone. Cote just never got a chance to do anything affective, Cerrone was just too fast. Winner: Donald Cowboy Cerrone by TKO Round 3.
Main Event Welterweight Division
#1 Rory MacDonald (18-4) Vs #2 Stephen Thompson (13-1)
This main event was one of the most intriguing fights of all time. The two top welterweights in the world were set to go one on one for the guaranteed shot at the gold. Rory MacDonald is coming off the fight of his career were he went all the way down to the wire with champion Robbie Lawler, Stephen Thompson has been next to perfect and coming off his last win were he finished the former champion Johny Hendricks in the very 1st round. All the marbles on the line here we go. So much tension in the air as the 1st round begins but as a lot would expect a lot of slow steady movement from both fighters as they show respect for each others skills. Rory attempts a couple of leg rolls trying to slip in a leg lock but Thompson is able to escape. Little action in round 1 but it remains very close as we go into the 2nd round. A lot of the same action in round 2, both fighters continue to move and look for an opening. Rory takes a shot that gets stuffed Thompson but Roy follows up with an elbow that lands. Up to this point Thompson has thrown more volume of strikes but still can’t find the openings to do damage. The 3rd begins with a little more action as Rory opens up with a different stance that is allowing him to get better looks. The action remains little but Thompson is finding openings to slip in some kicks and Rory is finding his opening to land some combos. Through 3 rounds the fight remains even. The 4th opens up with more action as both fighters start to exchange and MacDonald gets the better of it at first, but as Thompson recovers he lands some a couple of nice counter combos of his own. As the fans boo both fighters can’t find the openings they need to land the big blow. A couple of nice combos by Wonder boy to close out the 4th but as close as this fight is there is no doubt that going into the 5th that both fighters have to finish. Rory starts to turn it on as we enter the 5th, MacDonald closes the octagon and lands some big shots. Thompson lands a couple of nice counter shots to answer the fury of MacDonald. A big wheel kick lands for Thompson, MacDonald goes for a takedown but Wonder Boy was ready for it as he goes into side control. The fight gets back to the feet and Thompson clips MacDonald and hurts him, the nose of Rory seems to be failing him again as it did in the Lawler fight. Less than a minute to go and both fighters open up but the clock winds down and they go the distance. The fans might not be too happy with the results but both fighters did everything they could to land shots with the little openings they had. Rory couldn’t get his ground game going and with the long legs of Thompson had problems getting inside. Thompson did find a home with his counter shots but failed to utilize his kicks with the strong defense of MacDonald. At the end of the night Stephen Thompson did more than MacDonald did but a great fight that came down to the wire.
Winner: Stephen Wonder Boy Thompson by Unanimous Decision.
By: Rick San Bartolome
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