UFC 237 in tweets
UFC 237 is in the books and from the first fight of the night, it was clear to see it was going to be a fantastic night of action. Kicking off the main card was Irene Aldana vs Bethe Correia at Bantamweight. Correia came in 5 pounds over the bantamweight allowance of 136lbs on Friday morning and was fined 30% of her purse. Early on, The Mexican Aldana found a home for her punch combo’s but with Correia’s ‘take one to land one’ motto, Aldana couldn’t put the Brazilian down. As a tiring Correia went for a level change, Aldana ended up on her back and sunk in an armbar to extend her winning run to three in the bantamweight division.
Next up was UFC veteran Thiago Alves against the streaking Laureano Staropoli at Welterweight. Staropoli made his UFC debut in November and picked up a unanimous decision victory. After a high intensity 15 minutes with both fighters thinking they had won, it was the Argentine who walked away with the win and is now 2-0 in the UFC octagon and has set himself up with a big fight later in the year as he targets the top 15.
The homecoming of a Brazilian hero was next up as Jose Aldo went up against Alexander Volkanovski. The Aussie knew that a win against Brazil’s own would put him right in line as Max Holloway’s next title defense. Volkanovski fought the perfect fight as he was constantly on the move with Aldo looking for that perfect punch to end the fight. With the fight being in Aldo’s backyard, Alexander needed to win convincingly and that he did. He saw out a unanimous decision victory and set’s up a title fight later in the year. Another Brazilian legend was next as UFC Future hall of famer Anderson Silva returned to Brazil for the first time in 7 years. He went up against Jared Cannonier who made his Middleweight debut late in 2018 and defeated David Branch. From the off, the leg kick was a go to move for the ‘Killa Gorilla’ and eventually after multiple kicks he grounded Silva who seem to injure his leg and Herb Dean stepped in straight away to give Cannonier the biggest win of his career.
Rose Namajunas was looking to defend her title in enemy territory as she faced Jessica Andrade for the Women’s Strawweight title. The first 5 minutes were dominated by the champions as she danced round Andrade’s aggressiveness and the Brazilian finished the round with a cut above her left eye. As the second round started, so did the pressure heavy style of Andrade. As the pair were grappling on the cage, Jessica picked Thug Rose up and dumped her on her head which knocked out Namajunas instanlty and Marc Goddard stepped in and with that Brazil had a new world champion. 3 of the 4 Women’s belts are held by a Brazilian as of right now.
Check out fellow pro’s reaction to a great night in Brazil
Rose Namajunas vs Jessica Andrade
Omg what a KO from Jessica, nothing like ol’ body slam #UFC237
— Jared Gordon (@JFlashGordonMMA) May 12, 2019
Thank god Rose is ok! I was really nervous watching that. The neck stuff freaks me out especially being a victim of neck injuries as well. #UFC237
— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) May 12, 2019
Anderson Silva vs Jared Cannonier
Ugh, devastated for Silva, you never want to see a fight end that way. Touching moment btw him and Cannonier after, that dude is legit. #UFC237
— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) May 12, 2019
Jose Aldo vs Alexander Volkanovski
Every reign comes to an end eventually, but watching fighters like BJ Penn and Jose Aldo, you get short glimpses at true greatness here and there.
— Siyar The Great (@Siyarized) May 12, 2019
Thiago Alves vs Laureano Staropoli
— The Mane Event™ (@EliasTheodorou) May 12, 2019
Irene Aldana vs Bethe Correia
— Katlyn Chookagian (@blondefighter) May 12, 2019
Check out the full results below
Jessica Andrade def Rose Namajunas via KO (body slam) Round 2- 2:58
Jared Cannonier def Anderson Silva via TKO (leg injury) Round 1- 4:47
Alexander Volkanovski def Jose Aldo via Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Laureano Staropoli def Thiago Alves via Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Irene Aldana def Bethe Correia via Submission (armbar) Round 3- 3:24