UFC Fight Night 102 Results: The Real Winners and Losers from Albany
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Yes, that is a normal-sized man standing in between Shamil Abdurakhimov and Derrick Lewis. OK, maybe he’s not on a podium or something, but still.
Heavyweights were on parade at UFC Fight Night 102, which went down Friday from Albany, New York. In the main event, one of the sport’s hardest hitters in Lewis tangled with Abdurakhimov, a relatively undistinguished competitor hailing from the Dagestan republic in Russia.
Everything seemed set up on a tee for Lewis to brighten his star with a highlight-reel knockout. But did it go that way? MMA is a funny, funny thing sometimes.
In the co-main event, more heavy hitters joined the party with Francis Ngannou and Anthony Hamilton. Two light-heavyweight matchups rounded out the main card.
So was there big leather to match the big bodies? And what about the rest of the card? As always, the final stat lines only reveal so much. These are the real winners and losers from UFC Fight Night 102.
Full card results appear on the final slide.
It took three-and-a-half rounds, and it was, frankly, a pretty bad fight. But in the end, Derrick Lewis got it done.
“That was one of my terriblest fights of all time,” Lewis told broadcaster Jon Anik in the cage after the fight. “I didn’t like my performance at all. …That was some bulls–t.”
Yes, there were, uh, some low points. Let’s start with the fact that, for some reason, Lewis chose to spam the front kick, early and fairly often. Abdurakhimov caught it several times for an easy takedown. After gaining side control, Abdurakhimov would proceed to do absolutely nothing, to the point referee Dan Miragliotta called a break to reset the action.
Lewisperhaps hampered by an accidental graze to the eyeball that clearly bothered him for the rest of the contestwas fairly passive for most of the bout. And when he wasn’t passive, he was throwing wild uppercuts and hooks without much precursor or follow-up.
Eventually, though, the law of averages appeared to catch up. Abdurakhimov entertainment news yahoo gassed (Lewis did, too, but not as badly), and in the fourth round, Lewis got the takedown he had been seeking. Lewis is a large man; getting him off your chest is hard. Abdurakhimov was not up to the challenge. Lewis pounded, Abdurakhimov covered and soon it was over.
It goes down in the books as a TKO for Lewis. We’ll be generous and give him the W here as well, given that he gutted it out and still got a knockout even though he didn’t have his A game in Albany.
Afterward, Lewis expressed interest in Mark Hunt or Travis Browne, but then demurred, saying “I’ll just sit down” given his own disappointment with his showing. But not so fast, I say. A Browne-Lewis scrap is must-see TV. Just maybe not five rounds’ worth this time.
This was an interesting scrap, until Francis Ngannou bullied Anthony Hamilton to the ground and started actively trying to rip his arm off.
Then it got really interesting.
Unless you were the arm in question, then it just got incredibly painful.
It was an amazing thing to watch, and it re-established Ngannou as a must-watch heavyweight. The Cameroonian-Frenchman is now 9-1 as a pro and 4-0 in the UFC, with four stoppages.
This was the first submission among them; Ngannou is typically considered a striker. Did I mention that Ngannou got Hamilton to the ground using the kimura in question? The move wasn’t technically proficient so much as it was physically terrifying. He used brute force to attack the limb of a very large, very well-trained man in Hamilton, and brute force won.
This is something we drilled a lot because everyone thinks that I am only a striker,” Ngannou said in a statement the UFC emailed to reporters after the fight. “I wanted to show my submission game and I want to fight someone in the top-10 so I can prove that I am ready for a a shot at the belt.
Mission accomplished. It was quite a thing to watch. Until he fights next time, thoughts and prayers go up for that arm.
This was not a pretty fight.
Cheers to light heavyweight Gian Villante for getting the finish, which arrived by TKO in the second round. Jeers for seeming to gas pretty early in the process, alternating between wildness and total inactivity, and eating about 75 unnecessary overhand rights from an undersized and overmatched opponent in Saparbek Safarov.
If you’re wondering who Saparbek Safarov is, welcome to the human race. To fill you in, he was bleeding profusely from the side of his face in mere moments, but, cockroach-like, stayed uncrushable. He even crushed Villante with a right at the end of the first round.
Safarov was reeling around like a golden-age slapstick star thanks to a hurt knee and that aforementioned bloody face. Villante, however, seemed loathe to attack the leg or try a takedown. Villante rallied to end it, and there were fun moments in the brawl, but it went on about a round too long.
There was a little bit of a grudge match on the deep undercard.
Super-prospect Marc Diakiese got a little handsy with Frankie Perez, then played a little game of “you mad, bro?” when Perez, you know, got mad.
Diakiese had the first and last laughs when he fended off a game Perez to take a 29-28 unanimous decision.
As MMA analyst Phil Mackenzie noticed on Twitter, it was “impressive, gut-check stuff from Diakiese. Showed that he’s not just 1 round dynamism and dug deep to win ugly.”
Bonecrusher is now, at age 23, 10-0 as a pro, including 2-0 in the UFC, where he debuted earlier this year. Keep on the lookout for this lightweight. Otherwise, he might get a little handsy.
Derrick Lewis def. Shamil Abdurakhimov by TKO, 3:42, Rd. 4
Francis Ngannou def. Anthony Hamilton by submission (kimura), 1:57, Rd. 1
Corey Anderson def. Sean O’Connell by TKO,2:36, Rd. 2
Gian Villante def. Saparbek Safarov by TKO, 2:54, Rd. 2
Justine Kish def. Ashley Yoder by unanimous decision
Randy Brown def. Brian Camozzi by TKO, 1:25, Rd. 2
Gerald Meerschaert def.Joe Gigliotti by submission (anaconda choke), 4:12, Rd. 1
Andrew Sanchez def. Trevor Smith by unanimous decision
Shane Burgos def. Tiago Trator by unanimous decision
Marc Diakiese def. Frankie Perez by unanimous decision
Ryan Janes def.Keith Berish by unanimous decision
Juliana Lima def. JJ Aldrich by unanimous decision
Scott Harris covers MMA for Bleacher Report. For more, follow Scott on Twitter.