UFC Boston in Tweets
UFC Boston is in the books, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Opening the main card was a pair of Middleweights — as Deron Winn looked to maintain his perfect record against England’s Darren Stewart. The first round comprised of Winn landing takedown after takedown, but it was Stewart who was the sharper on the feet. He landed a knee in the clinch which troubled Winn and also opened up a cut on the head of the American. As the third round started, Winn was visibly tired due to the relentless pressure he put on Stewart, who was still bouncing on his feet. Despite Winn landing two more takedowns, Stewart landed the cleaner shots and walked away with a split decision victory to take the 0 from Winn’s record.
Next up was two of the brightest young stars on the roster, as Maycee Barber squared off against Gillian Robertson at Women’s Flyweight. Both women were ranked 12 and 15 respectively, and a win here would certainly move them into the divisions top 10. From the first horn, this fight was only going one way. Barber was landing at will and Robertson didn’t have a response, and eventually, the referee was forced to step in and save Gillian for another day.
Veteran versus prospect was up next as Joe Lauzon faced Contender Series alum, Jonathan Pearce, at Lightweight. In what was potentially Joe Lauzon’s final dance, he certainly gave the bumper crowd something to remember as he finished Pearce inside two minutes of the opening frame. Joe had the advantage on the feet and was frequently landing significant shots which Pearce couldn’t handle. As the fight went to the ground, Lauzon managed to trap the arm of Pearce and started to smash away at the face. Herb Dean saw enough and stepped in and the crowd erupted for their Boston man.
Shortly after, Heavyweights were on deck — as controversial Greg Hardy faced TUF veteran Ben Sosoli. All 5 of Hardy’s wins before Saturday have come in the first round via KO, so bets were on that Sosoli would become another victim. But despite Hardy landing hard and often, he couldn’t get Sosoli out of there with the Aussie showing off his toughness. During the break between Round 2 and 3, Hardy was calling for the use of his inhaler to which a commissioner allowed him to use the device. Everyone was left speechless, including the UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner, who confirmed that using an inhaler in between rounds is “completely against the rules.” As the fight went to the scorecards, amidst the boos across the arena, it was Hardy who had his hand raised with a trio of 30-27 scores. It remains to be seen whether the fight will be overturned to a No-Contest or whether the result will stand.
The highly anticipated co-main event was next up, as arch rivals Jeremy Stephens and Yair Rodriguez squared off for the second time in less than a month. Back in September, Rodriguez caught Stephens in the eye after just 15 seconds and it rendered “Lil Heathen” unable to continue. Rodriguez started the rematch with a flying kick which Jeremy evaded, but it was clear to see both men had bad intentions. Yair had the speed advantage and was throwing every kick in the book, with which Jeremy dealt fairly well throughout the first five minutes. In the second, Rodriguez landed a body kick which floored Stephens and “El Pantera” swarmed on him. The fight was one punch away from being stopped but Stephens did a good job of intelligently defending himself which allowed him to finish out the round stronger. The third and final round was all “Lil Heathen” as he took the Mexican down and stayed on top for over four minutes, but he struggled to land anything significant on top and Yair survived the final round. The two men embraced and buried the hatchet after the fight — but it was Yair Rodriguez who got the nod via unanimous decision.
Finally, the main event was upon us as Chris Weidman made his Light Heavyweight debut against the unbeaten Dominick Reyes. The All American shot for a takedown from the start and completed it, but Reyes got up soon after. On the way up, Dominick landed a counter left which dropped Weidman and he finished him on the ground with hammer fists to improve his record to 12-0 and 6-0 in the UFC. A potential title shot against Jon Jones awaits Reyes in the foreseeable future.
Check out below for the reactions to a fantastic night of action in Boston:
Dominick Reyes vs Chris Weidman
— Justin Gaethje 🇺🇸 (@Justin_Gaethje) October 19, 2019
205 is no joke. #UFCBoston
— JIMI MANUWA (@POSTERBOYJM) October 19, 2019
Yair Rodriguez vs Jeremy Stephens
— Frank Mir (@thefrankmir) October 19, 2019
Gosh damn it! I demand two more rounds! #UFCBoston
— Tatiana Suarez (@tatianaufc) October 19, 2019
Greg Hardy vs Ben Sosoli
Yo greg hardy just changed the game I cant believe I never thought of this. My coaches better have an oxygen tank available in between rounds from now on 😂
— Sodiq Yusuff (@Super_Sodiq) October 19, 2019
Joe Lauzon vs Jonathan Pearce
That finish was filthy!! J-Lau looked like the J-Lau from 7-8 years ago. Insane control on the ground! That 1-2-1 combo tho! #UFCBoston
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) October 19, 2019
Maycee Barber vs Gillian Robertson
— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) October 19, 2019
Darren Stewart vs Deron Winn
Winn’s defensive striking didn’t help but thought Winn won that one. #UFCBoston
— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) October 19, 2019
Check out the full main card results below:
Dominick Reyes bt Chris Weidman via TKO (punches) Round 1 – 1:43
Yair Rodriguez bt Jeremy Stephens via Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Greg Hardy bt Ben Sosoli via Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Joe Lauzon bt Jonathan Pearce via TKO (punches) Round 1 – 1:33
Maycee Barber bt Gillian Robertson via TKO (punches) Round 1 – 3:04
Darren Stewart bt Deron Winn via Decision (split) (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
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