Saturday September 3, 2016— Live from Hamburg Germany the UFC came to the Deutschland with a stacked card headlined by a heavyweight war between two former champions. Andrei Arlovski and Josh Barnett are both coming from devastating loses in their last fights and with both of their respective careers on the back 9 a win in Hamburg is an absolute must. In the co main event former 2x title challenger Alexander Gustafsson took on upcoming light heavyweight Jan Blachowicz, with the light heavyweight division becoming crowded in the top 5 Gustafsson needs a win to stay relevant and Blachowicz with a win will guarantee shoot right up the rankings. Also on the card Ryan Bader returns to get back on the winning track as he faced the red-hot Llir Latifi in another light heavyweight showdown. The winner of this fight will definitely find themselves one step closer to a title shot. Also on the card Ashlee Evans – Smith took on Veronica Macedo in a bantamweight showdown, and to kick off the night Rustam Khabilov took on Leandro Silva in a lightweight war. All the action was live only on the UFC Fight pass. A heavyweight war and two light heavyweight showdowns cap off this night so
LET’S GET THINGS STARTED!!!!
The action kicked off in the lightweight division as Rustam Khabilov (19-3) took on Leandro Silva (19-3-1), a good back and forth fight to kick off the card, Silva had early success but Khabilov quickly captalized and turned the fight around in his favor and it was enough to gain the win. Winner: Rustam Khabilov (20-3) by Unanimous Decision (29-28,29-28,30-27). – Looser: Leandro Silva (19-4-1). Next in the middleweight division Scott Askham (14-2) took on UFC newcomer Jack Hermansson (13-2), The wars just keep coming as Askham did what he could to stay in the fight but it was the debuting Hermansson that was able to take control of the fight and earn the victory. Winner: Jack Hermansson (14-2) by Unanimous Decision (30-27,30-27,20-28). – Looser: Scott Askham (14-3). The heavyweight big boys were up next as Jarjis Danho (6-1) took on Christian Colombo (8-1), a war between two big bad heavyweights went the distance but an early illegal knee didn’t stop the flow for Danho and even though a point was deducted Colombo never stopped coming. But at the end of the night the fight ends in a majority draw. The illegal knee proved to be the difference maker in the eyes of the judges. Jaris Danho (6-1-1) Christian Colombo (8-1-1) Majority Draw (29-27,28-28,28-28). As we roll on we head to the bantamweight division Taylor Lapilus (10-2) took on Leandro Issa (13-5), as in the first three fights this one goes the distance but it was Taylor Lapilus that just kept coming with the constant pressure and as hard as Issa tried he couldn’t get the fight to the ground. Lapilus with a beautiful performance. Winner: Taylor Lapilus (11-2) by Unanimous Decision (30-27,30-27,29-28). – Looser: Leandro Issa (13-6). The ladies of the bantamweight division were up next as #13 Ashlee Evans-Smith (4-1) looks to keep rolling as she takes on the debuting Veronica Macedo (5-0-1), and we get are first finish of the night as Evans-Smith put on a show by completely dominating Macedo from start to finish. Winner: Ashlee Evans-Smith (5-1) by TKO Round 2. – Looser: Veronica Macedo (5-1-1). The welterweights were up next as hometown hero Peter Sobotta (15-5-1) took on Nicolas Dalby (14-1-1), it was a great homecoming for Sobotta as from round 1 on he controlled the fight with a couple of big knockdowns and a strong clench game sealed the victory. Winner: Peter Sobotta (16-5-1) by Unanimous Decision (30-26-30-26,30-26). – Looser: Nicolas Dalby (14-2-1). In the featured prelim we stay in the welterweight division were a couple of UFC Debuting fighters went head to head, Jessin Ayari (15-3) took on Jimmy Wallhead (29-9), what a couple of debuts for these two UFC rookies, but even though they are rookies in the UFC they have been around the world in other organizations and it showed as these two shut it down. From start to finish they never stopped coming but at the end of night it was Ayari that was able to do enough to get the win. Winner: Jessin Ayari (16-3) by Split Decision (29-28,29-28,30-27). – Looser: Jimmy Wallhead (29-10).
The stacked main card kicked off in the lightweight division as Nick Hein (13-2) took on Tae Hyun Bang (18-9), the action just keeps coming as they do go the distance but it was Nick Hein that was able to have full control of the fight from start to finish. Winner: Nick Hein (14-2) by Unanimous Decsion (29-28,30-28,30-27). – Looser: Tae Hyun Bang (18-10). Next up a light heavyweight battle between two top contenders that need a win to stay relevant in a stacked division #4 Ryan Bader (21-5) took on #12 Llir Latifi (13-4), what a return for Ryan Bader, Latifi was controlling the fight through round 1 and into round 2 but Bader stayed calm and found a home for a knee and that was all she wrote. What a finish. Winner: Ryan Bader (22-5) by KO Round 2. – Looser: Llir Latifi (13-5). In the co main event we stay in the light heavyweight division as #2 Alexander Gustaffson (16-4) on Jan Blachowicz (19-5), after a shaky start for Gustafsson, he quickly rebounded and showed why he is ranked in the top 5 as he dominated the fight from there on. Gustaffson dominated the ground and really drained all the energy that Blachowicz had left. A perfectly executed performance by Alexander Gustaffson.
Main Event Heavyweight Division
#6 Andrei Arlovski (25-12) Vs #9 Josh Barnett (34-8)
In the main event a heavyweight fight many years in the making, two former champions go head to head. Andrei Arlovski and Josh Barnett are both past their respective primes but know that they have one more run at the title. A win here gets them one step closer to one more crack at the title they both once held. In the 1st round starts out with fireworks as both men land clean blows that rocked each other. Barnett landed first after Arlovski got up he landed and dropped Barnett. Back to the feet and Pitbull lands a takedown. After they get stood up Arlovski continues to land and that might have helped him seal round 1. Into the 2nd both fighters are clearly exhausted, but they work into the clench and after no action at all they break. They trade and work back into the clench, Arlovski goes for a takedown trip and Barnett quickly reverse it and goes into full mount. Barnett Mounts and starts the ground and pound, Arlovski doesn’t have much left as he turns to his back. Shots continue to fall but the Pitbull is saved by the bell. After two round Arlovski is clearly winded and doesn’t look like he has anything left in the tank. Very strong round for Barnett that may have evened things out. Into the 3rd Barnett starts to push the action but Pitbull answer with some big strikes. Barnett looks like his eye might be injured but shakes it off and takes Arlovski to the ground. Barnett works the ground game and after a couple of failed submission attempts he slips in the rear naked choke and Arlovski taps immediately. Both guys gave it everything they had but it was the cardio that failed Arlovski and the grit of Barnett that sealed the deal. Two legends left it all on the line, what a fight.
Winner: Josh Barnett (35-8) by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 3
Looser: Andrei Arlovski (25-13)
By: Rick San Bartolome
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