UFC Austin: Kattar vs. Emmett – Unofficial Awards


I perceive the place folks get indignant with the UFC. They don’t share their income with the athletes in a fashion equal to different giant sports activities organizations. They don’t have all the very best fighters on this planet both as many want to declare. Nonetheless, there isn’t an MMA group on the market that places out high quality playing cards on a constant foundation the best way the UFC does. UFC Austin is a good instance of how good a card the UFC could be. What’s most spectacular is it was a Struggle Evening card, not a PPV, the place the very best fights are sometimes reserved. UFC Austin delivered some implausible motion. There have been 9 finishes, eight of these KO/TKO’s, and 6 of these within the first spherical.

The primary occasion between Calvin Kattar and Josh Emmett. didn’t ship a end. Actually, in comparison with lots of the different contests, it was a gradual burn. Nonetheless, it was an excellent nip and tuck contest that would have gone both means, relying on what the judges valued. Emmett bought the nod on two of the three judges’ playing cards on the idea of his energy. Nonetheless, there was a LOT to speak about from the occasion — a lot that I’m not going to have the ability to contact on all of it — and I’ll hit on the details in my Unofficial Awards.

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Greatest Leap in Inventory: There have been a whole lot of classes that I had a tough time determining. This was by far the one which I had the toughest with. Emmett barely eeked by Kattar, so his win isn’t that convincing, even when it does put him subsequent in line for the title. Kevin Holland appeared like one million bucks, however the end result wasn’t surprising. That’s simply the tip of the iceberg by way of candidates. I finally selected Adrian Yanez regardless of him doing what was anticipated of him: brutalize Tony Kelley. It was the imply streak Yanez confirmed in his demolishing of Kelley. To ensure that Yanez to compete towards the highest ranges, it was unknown if he had the suitable angle. It’s apparent now. Going from beating on Kelley to a ranked opponent is a big step, however nobody appears to be batting a watch. That’s a hell of a leap.

Greatest Fall in Inventory: Maybe I’m overestimating the place his inventory was coming into the occasion given he solely had one earlier UFC contest, however Albert Duraev appeared like he was going to be a stud coming off his dominant efficiency on DWCS. Positive, his UFC debut didn’t produce the fireworks anticipated of him, however many had been prepared to forgive him and say it was debut jitters. At this occasion, he had a positive opponent in Joaquin Buckley, somebody who struggles to cease takedowns. Wrestling was imagined to be Duraev’s energy. As an alternative, the Russian struggled to take Buckley down, couldn’t hold him down when he succeeded, and was completely pieced up on the ft. There was a perception amongst some that Duraev would seemingly enter the official rankings sooner or later. That looks like a pipe dream at this level.

Finest Newcomer: This spot was earned by default as Natalia Silva was the one newcomer on the cardboard. Nonetheless, it’s onerous to consider anybody else would have been in a position to take the title from her if there have been 5 different newcomers. There wasn’t an space during which Silva didn’t dominate Jasmine Jasudavicius. Placing, wrestling, the minimal quantity of grappling that was within the struggle… in all places. It was a credit score to Jasudavicius even made it to the ultimate bell. I don’t suppose anybody checked out Silva as an uber-prospect strolling into the occasion. Everybody was pondering that even earlier than the tip of her struggle.

Begin Typing a Resume: The UFC signed a bunch of our bodies when the COVID-19 pandemic was at its peak. Some proved they had been well worth the signing, others rapidly washed out. Danny Chavez was someplace within the center. He received his debut earlier than being aggressive in his subsequent two contests. His struggle with Ricardo Ramos was make-or-break. It took simply over a minute for it to be break, being on the receiving finish of a spotlight reel KO. At 35, he’s both nearly as good as he’s going to be or already previous his peak. It’s onerous to see the UFC preserving him round.

When the UFC signed Gloria de Paula off DWCS, I didn’t just like the signing. With solely seven skilled fights beneath her belt, she appeared extraordinarily inexperienced, not prepared for the large present. Now that she has registered a 1-3 document, I’d say that my evaluation was appropriate. De Paula has sufficient expertise to work with, however she ought to have acquired extra time to shine herself up and develop a extra pure really feel for preventing. I’d prefer to see the UFC minimize her unfastened, hold monitor of her progress, and see the place she is at in a yr or two.

Saved Their Job(s): Most had been in settlement that Maria Oliveira was within the UFC attributable to being a coaching accomplice of Jessica Andrade. I might nonetheless say that’s the case, however credit score to Oliveira for digging deep to outwork the cleaner hanging of de Paula. Nonetheless, it could have been her wrestling that solidified the ultimate spherical for her, securing a pair of takedowns with the spherical nonetheless very a lot up within the air.

It wasn’t a matter of whether or not Cody Stamann was a UFC caliber fighter. It was a matter of whether or not the UFC appreciated his blue-collar fashions as he hasn’t come near sniffing a Efficiency Bonus in his UFC tenure. That each one modified when he put away and despatched Wineland into retirement in lower than a minute. Whereas nobody denies that this isn’t the identical Wineland who fought for the interim title again in 2013, Stamann did what he was imagined to do and put himself again on strong footing.

Greatest WOW Second: There was some stiff competitors for this spot. Regardless of that, I didn’t overthink it, going with Ricardo Ramos delivering the second spinning again elbow end of his UFC profession. Given the rarity of the transfer – I consider I heard on the printed it was the fifth such end within the UFC – that’s no small feat. It wasn’t out of luck both. The smoothness during which Ramos delivered the elbow to Chavez was illustrative of Ramos practising the transfer with nice frequency. Maybe he’s seeking to make it his signature transfer, a lot in the best way the Von Flue choke has been renamed the Von Preux in honor of Ovince Saint Preux. That wouldn’t be a foul legacy.

Greatest Beatdown: This can be a very troublesome spot to choose. Phil Hawes did a quantity on Deron Winn earlier than the referee lastly stepped in. The identical may very well be stated of what Gregory Rodrigues did to Julian Marquez. It was brutal. I additionally wouldn’t low cost Adrian Yanez beating on Tony Kelley or Silva’s decimation of Jasudavicius. Finally, I’ll go together with Hawes selecting aside Winn because it was the struggle that went the longest from when it might have moderately been stopped. There was a second when Silva was pounding out Jasudavicius within the second spherical that would have prompted a stoppage, however Jasudavicius recovered sufficient from there that there wasn’t one other second like that

2nd Finest Struggle Evening of the Yr: UFC Austin was completely implausible. With a excessive quantity of finishes – most of them within the first spherical – the group was by no means taken out of the motion taking place within the cage. I might like to say it was the very best Struggle Evening of the yr, however UFC London continues to be recent in my thoughts. Nonetheless, I’m of the opinion UFC London is the best Struggle Evening within the historical past of the UFC. Coming in second – the place I might at present price UFC Austin – isn’t a foul deal within the least.

Finest Callout: It was one other night time brief on callouts. I get the sensation that irrespective of how a lot I complain. Positive, Adrian Yanez referred to as out a few fighters who had beforehand referred to as him out earlier than. And naturally, there’s Josh Emmett asking for his title shot. However I favor to award this to somebody with a single identify or a callout that isn’t too apparent, comparable to Emmett’s title shot request. Thus, I’m going with Kevin Holland making a request for Sean Brady to throwdown with him after submitting Tim Means. I’ve some doubts about it taking place given Brady is much forward of Holland within the official rankings and and not using a loss on his document, it makes little to no sense for him to be preventing backwards. Then once more, it’s been seven months since Brady final fought and he doesn’t have a struggle scheduled. He must be preventing to take care of his momentum. And whereas Holland isn’t formally ranked – and doubtless received’t be after the rankings come out later this week – he does have sufficient identify worth that Brady might go for it. In different phrases, it’s a request that would show to be worthwhile for Holland.

Least Controversial Resolution: Regardless of the overabundance of finishes on the cardboard, the quantity of controversial choices on the cardboard was notably excessive. Actually, there was just one choice that was apparent, Silva’s utter decimation of Jasudavicius. Each different contest was a break up choice that moderately might have gone both means. The opposite fights had been the primary occasion between Emmett and Kattar, Damir Ismagulov edging Guram Kutateladze, and Oliveira victory over de Paula. What could be probably the most ironic factor about it’s each official victor besides Silva was within the minority amongst the media scorecards on MMA Selections. Not that anybody goes to declare theft for any of the contests, however it’s an fascinating observe.

Minor Theme of the Evening: All of the finishes had been clearly the theme of the night time, however there was a much less coated theme to a lot of these finishes. There have been a number of fighters who’ve been notoriously troublesome to place away all through their careers who had been put down. Kyle Daukaus had by no means been stopped with strikes earlier than in his profession earlier than Roman Dolidze offered the honors. Neither had Kelley, Marquez, Chavez, or Winn. Court docket McGee had been stopped with strikes as soon as earlier than, however Jeremiah Wells had the pleasure of placing him to sleep over the course of over 20 UFC contests. Given the reputations of sturdiness for these fighters, nobody was predicting the quantity of finishes that occurred.


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