Smolka vs. Elliott: This fight was the first on the prelims and one of the most exciting fights on the card. In the first round Elliott got a takedown right away. After a bit of time Smolka managed to get up and Elliott dropped big knees. There was a lot of good scrambling between these two fighters throughout the match. There were also a bunch of submission attempts with Smolka working his way out of a rear naked choke and later reversing Elliott's full mount into an ankle lock. Elliott eventually won by decision with 12 takedowns and more than double the amount of strikes landed. For who to fight next, we see Elliott getting matched up with Jussier Formiga. We had other flyweights in mind around Formiga's rank, but they are all fighting soon.
Williams vs. Duquesnoy: Anybody who saw this fight knows why it's in tonight's honorable mentions. Tom Duquesnoy was constantly walking Patrick Williams down and got him gassed in the first. Williams was showing it with his hands on his knees and deep breaths when he had the chance. With the clock dwindling, Tom gets him against the cage and hits him with a shot that I think would have ended the fight if the round didn't finish at the same time. Into the second, Duquesnoy hits him again and Williams just drops like a sack of potatoes. There is a lot of hype behind this kid and people will probably want him to jump into the rankings. Here we believe that the level in and out of the rankings are very separate in most cases and we believe he should take Rob Font to prove he should start working his way up the rankings.
Stephens vs. Moicano: In this fight Jeremy Stephens kept center control and Moicano was constantly moving around. Moicano racked up a pair of takedowns even though both fighters remained very close. Renato Moicano pulled the upset victory by decision. Since an unranked fighter beat the #5 featherweight we think he should fight Anthony Pettis next. Pettis has been struggling a lot and Moicano would prove it wasn't a fluke if he beats him.
Souza vs. Whittaker: These two fighters looked pretty even in the first round. In the second, Whittaker got a big knock down and almost finished him, but Jacare recovered. Soon after Whittaker got another knock down and this time finished it with a TKO victory giving Souza only his second loss in over a dozen fights. Matt and I agree that Robert Whittaker should face Yoel Romero first if he is open. There are talks of Yoel stepping into the title fight if GSP backs out and if that hapens then we want to see Whittaker face Gegard Mousasi. We believe Jacare should face Rockhold next because he is the only one left around these guys and we think Jacare would dominate anybody below Anderson Silva.
Namajunas vs. Waterson: In the co-main event we saw two insane strawweights go at it. Early in the fight there was a good throw by Michelle Waterson. Rose got a takedown in the first and spent a lot of time on top and landed heavy shots. Into the second round Rose landed a massive kick right to the chin of Waterson and didn't get the knockout, but soon after finished with a brutal rear naked choke. We think Rose should be the next one to fight for the title with this win and we think Tecia Torres would be a good match up for Michelle Waterson.
Johnson vs. Reis: This title fight was absolutely one-sided. Johnson had a near-perfect defense avoiding 158 of Reis' attempted 170 strikes. Mighty Mouse was able to get multiple takedowns throughout the match and he ended it with an armbar the likes of which we have not seen in a long time. This tied DJ for most title defenses in UFC History. For Wilson Reis we want Ray Borg who is right under him in the rankings and on a hot streak. For Demetrious it may not even matter at this point, but we would love to see a super-fight with the bantamweight champ.