Saturday August 27, 2016— Live from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver Canada the UFC put on a card that could have headlined a PPV. In the main event two welterweights that are so close to a title shot that they can taste went head to head, Carlos Condit and Demian Maia knew that a win in Vancouver would move them one step closer to the title shot that they have worked so hard to get. Condit is coming of a very close split decision lost to the former champion Robbie Lawler, with that lost being so close a win over Maia will have him right back in the driver seat. Demian Maia is on the role of his career and one more finish will secure that he should be next in line for a title shot. In the co main event former lightweight champion of the world Anthony Showtime Pettis moves down to featherweight looking to get his career back on track, his opponent #6 ranked featherweight Charles Oliveira looked to stop the hype train and start to climb back up the rankings. Also on the card Paige VanZant made her return to the octagon as she took on Bec Rawlings, with the division wide open a win is key for both of these women. Joe Laurzon took on Jim Miller for the 2nd time and all the action from their first fight carried on into the second one. Sam Alvey steps back in on short notice to take on Kevin Casey, and former TUF Latin America winner Enrique “El Fuerte” Barzola took on Kyle Bochniak. All the action kicks off on UFC Fight Pass before the prelims kick off on FOX. All the action with the neighbors from the north.
LET’S GET THINGS STARTED!!!!
The prelims got started in the lightweight division as Jeremy Kennedy (8-0) took on Alessandro Ricci (10-3), no better way to kick off the night with two UFC newcomers who tore down the house but it was Jeremey Kennedy that was able to control the fight from start to finish. Winner: Jeremy Kennedy (9-0) by Unanimous Decision (30-27,30-27,29-28). – Looser: Alessandro Ricci (10-4). Next we stay in the lightweight division as Chad Laprise (11-2) took on Thibault Gouti (11-2), it took Laprise little time get the job done as he dropped Gouti early and finished him off with strikes. Winner: Chad Laprise (12-2) by TKO Round 1. – Looser: Thibault Gouti (11-3). The prelims keep rolling as they switch to FOX, and we remain in the lightweight division as Shane Cambell (12-5) took on the undefeated Felipe Silva (7-0), Shane Cambell wasted no time finishing the job as he welcomed Silva to the octagon with a beautiful finish. Winner: Shane Cambell (13-5) by TKO Round 1. – Looser: Felipe Silva (7-1). Next up in the middleweight division Garreth McLellen (13-4) took on Alessio Di Chirico (9-1), after going the distance in a very close fight Di Chirico was able to do enough to edge out McLellen. Winner: Alessio Di Chirico (10-1) by Split Decision (29-28,28-29,29-28). – Looser: Garreth McLellen (13-5). Next up in the featherweight division Enrique Barzola (11-3-1) took on Kyle Bochniak (7-1), back to back fights that go down to the wire but as close as it was Bochniak was able to spoil Enriques first UFC fight sense winning the TUF. Winner: Kyle Bochniak (8-1) by Split Decision (29-28,27-30,29-28). – Looser: Enrique Barzola. The middleweights were In the prelim headliner as Sam Alvey (27-8) took another fight on short notice against Kevin Casey (9-4-1), after a good first round between the two middleweights Alvey wasted no time getting to work as he put Casey away once and for all. Winner: Sam Alvey (28-8) by TKO Round 2. – Looser: Kevin Casey (9-5-1).
As the main card kicks off we start with a rematch that will be very hard to match, but in the lightweight division Joe Lauzon (26-12) took on Jim Miller (26-8), just as advertised Jim Miller and Joe Lauzon tore down the house and just like the last one it came right down to the end. After the dust settled Jim Miller stood tall once again. Winner: Jim Miller (27-8) by Split Decision (29-28,28-29,29-28). – Looser: Joe Lauzon (26-13). Next up we head to the strawweight division as #10 Paige VanZant (6-2) took on Bec Rawlings (7-4), what a return for VanZant as after a shaky round one she opens up with a jump kick that catches Rawlings right on the chin and after that some ground and pound and that’s all she wrote. What a win for Paige VanZant. Winner: Paige VanZant (7-2) by KO Round 2. – Looser: Bec Rawlings (7-5). In the co main event former lightweight champion Showtime (LW) #7 Anthony Pettis (18-5) took on #6 Charles Oliveira (21-5) in a featherweight fight, what a performance for the former lightweight champion of the world as Showtime Pettis knew his back was against the wall and that he needed a win and that’s what he did. Oliveira did have answers for everything Pettis threw but in the end, Showtime shows his ground game is as good as anyone else. Pettis seals the deal with a choke out finish. Winner: Anthony Pettis (19-5) by Submission (Guillotine) Round 3. – Looser: Charles Oliveira (21-6).
Main Event Welterweight Division
#3 Demian Maia (23-6) Vs #4 Carlos Condit (30-9)
In a must win for both fighters these two top welterweights in the world knew that with a new champion being crowned the division is as wide open as ever before. With a win from either of these guys a title shot could be set in stone. As the 1st round kicks off Demian Maia didn’t wasn’t any time going for the takedown, after he lands the take down he works into half guard takes Condit’s back and that all she wrote. Just like that Demian Maia earns the submission finish in less than three minutes. Condit never had a chance and Maia was better than ever. Let’s just say this the next challenger for the welterweight title is still up in the air.
Winner: Demian Maia (24-6) by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1 Looser: Carlos Condit (30-10).
By: Rick San Bartolome
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