UFC 240 in tweets
As the UFC hit The 10th Island on Saturday night, fans were treated to a fantastic night of action in Edmonton. Kicking off the main card was a pair of middleweights as Krzysztof Jotko faced off against Canada’s own Marc-André Barriault. After 3 straight losses, Jotko took a year off and returned in April against Alen Amedovski with a win. Marc-André Barriault made his UFC debut in May against Andrew Sanchez but went on to lose the fight via unanimous decision. He is looking for his first UFC win in his own country against veteran Jotko. Through 15 minutes, there was little action bar a few clean shots from either fighter. Krzysztof Jotko got the nod via split decision on the scorecards.
Next up was ‘The Canadian Gangster’ Olivier Aubin-Mercier against Arman Tsarukyan at lightweight.
Aubin-Mercier is currently on a 2 fight skid and will be looking to get back on track against Arman. Across the cage stands Russian Arman Tsarukyan who made his UFC debut in April against top 15 contender Islam Makhachev. Despite losing the fight, Arman put in a great performance against such a strong fighter. In a fight which was largely dominated by grappling, OAM did land a knee which buckled the legs of Tsarukyan but the Russian won rounds 1 and 3 to see out a unanimous decision on the judge’s scorecards.
Fan favourite Niko Price was looking to put an end to the 5 fight win streak of Geoff Neal as they clashed at Welterweight. Price performed so well in his last outing against Tim Means back in March he earned himself a POTN bonus and was looking to make another statement in Canada and edge towards the division’s top 15. Geoff Neal is riding an undefeated record in the UFC octagon with wins including a highlight reel KO of Frank Camacho last year and a win here against Price would certainly propel him towards the top of the division.
In what was touted as the FOTN, it did not disappoint with both men going to war from the first horn. Price dropped Neal with a combination of a short left hand and a head clash but there was not enough time left in the round to finish the fight. When he found his range, Niko Price was on top and after a crazy series of punches from both, Price dropped Neal again with a spinning back fist but Neal reversed the position on the ground and landed a series of unanswered strikes which led the referee to stop the fight.
In the co-main event, we saw the return of former women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg against Canada’s own Felicia Spencer. Cyborg is returning after a shock loss to Amanda Nunes back at UFC 232 which was her first loss in 13 years. Felicia Spencer, on the other hand, made her UFC debut in May against Megan Anderson and won the fight via first-round submission to break onto the featherweight scene. The winner of this fight would more or likely go on to face current champion Amanda Nunes later in the year. Most people didn’t give Spencer a chance in this fight despite her impressive debut and it was clear to see Cyborg was looking to finish the fight in the first round.
The Brazilian was landing at will but Spencer just kept walking forward as if nothing was happening. Spencer landed an elbow on Cyborg which produced a significant cut on her forehead midway through the first. Cyborg won every round but it was Spencer who was the real winner having taken all the shots she had. With a unanimous decision victory on the scorecards, the rematch with Amanda Nunes has to happen sometime this year.
In the main event of the evening, ‘Blessed’ Max Holloway was looking to defend his 145lbs title for the third time against future hall of famer Frankie Edgar. Max was coming off his first loss in 6 years against Dustin Poirier for the Interim Lightweight Title in April and was coming back down to his division to defend. Frankie Edgar hadn’t fought in just over a year, having decided to bide his time for a title shot against ‘Blessed’. After losing to Brian Ortega via KO, Frankie returned with a win over old foe Cub Swanson in April 2018 and win over Holloway would ensure he would become a two-weight world champion. The first round was a chess match with both men figuring out each other’s timing and knowing what combinations would land. Max was continually landed the jab and was disrupting the advances of Edgar.
‘The Answer’ was looking to get the fight to the ground to utilize his wrestling credentials but Max’s takedown defence was flawless. As the fight went on, Max was pulling away on the scorecards as he finished the rounds strongly leaving an impression on the judges. As the scorecards were read out, there was a consensus feeling that Max had won, and with scores of 50-45 x2 and 48-47, Max had retained and therefore remained unbeaten at Featherweight for 6 years.
Check out fellow pro’s reaction to the action in Canada
Max Holloway vs Frankie Edgar
Great fight 👏🏽 between these 2 future HOFers #UFC240
— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) July 28, 2019
Good clean fight. Congrats guys.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 28, 2019
Cris Cyborg vs Felicia Spencer
— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) July 28, 2019
Geoff Neal vs Niko Price
Nikko is so crazy! Love this guy. Crazy fight. Good finish by Geoff. Nikko is a wild child😂 #UFC240
— Tatiana Suarez (@tatianaufc) July 28, 2019
Arman Tsarukyan vs Olivier Aubin-Mercier
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) July 28, 2019
Krzysztof Jotko vs Marc-André Barriault
I want to fight jotko #ufc240
— éS (@EricSpicely) July 28, 2019
Check out the full main card results below
Max Holloway bt Frankie Edgar via Decision (unanimous) (50-45, 50-45, 48-47)
Cris Cyborg bt Felicia Spencer via Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Geoff Neal bt Niko Price via TKO (punches) Round 2- 2:39
Arman Tsarukyan bt Olivier Aubin-Mercier via Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Krzysztof Jotko bt Marc-André Barriault via Decision (split) (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
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