What’s Next? Thoughts on UFC Fight Night: Sao Paulo
The UFC traveled once again to Sao Paulo for a night lined top-to-bottom with Brazilian fighters, legends and newcomers alike. While the main event was lukewarm, a few highlight performances and a great scrap between Francisco Trinaldo and Bobby Green made the night worthwhile. Here are the full results and a few thoughts for the fighters moving forward into 2020.
Tracy Cortez def. Vanessa Melo via Unanimous Decision
Ariane Lipski def. Isabella de Padua via Unanimous Decision
Douglas Silva de Andrade def. Renan Barao via Unanimous Decision
Randy Brown def. Warlley Alves via Submission (triangle choke), Rd 2
Francisco Trinaldo def. Bobby Green via Unanimous Decision
Ricardo Ramos def. Luigi Eduardo Garagorri via Submission (rear-naked choke), Rd 1
James Krause def. Sergio Moraes via KO (punches), Rd 3
Wellington Turman def. Markus Perez via Unanimous Decision
Andre Muniz def. Antonio Arroyo via Unanimous Decision
Charles Oliveira def. Jared Gordon via KO (punches), Rd 1
Shogun Rua vs. Paul Craig ends in a Split Draw
Light-Heavyweight Main Event
Jan Blachowicz def. Jacare Souza via Split Decision
- Jacare remains one of the most difficult puzzles in MMA. Everyone fights him differently, and for Jan Blachowicz, he diluted the Brazilian into 7 failed takedowns and fruitless clinching against the fence. He landed a few good shots late in the fight, and that was enough to squeak out a split decision. This fightk did Jan no favors in title contention, but kept him exactly where he was among the top 6 of a division ruled by a monarch. It looks more and more likely that Jones will defend against Dominick Reyes, and Jan has already fought against, and lost to, Corey Anderson and Thiago Santos. I think a fight against Anthony Smith makes a lot of sense early 2020.
- Jacare fought off a cough to make it to this fight, and maybe this played a part in the lackluster performance. Or maybe Blachowicz played a solid game. Regardless, this wasn’t the result he wanted in his native Brazil. At the stage of his career and now in light-heavyweight limbo, it’s difficult to see where his future lies. If he decides to continue fighting, a matchup with someone like Shogun could be a lot of fun for two veterans.
- Paul Craig looked remarkably above-average, and I loved it. He needs to stop fishing for triangles so often and set up position first with strikes, like he did against Vinicius Moreira in June.
- Charles Oliveira needs to stop taking fights against unranked fighters from now on, because one of them might crack him. It’s unlikely, but it can happen. He looks absolutely incredible. Let’s have him fight Edson Barboza early next year and get this train moving. Everyone needs to be on notice. Maybe someday we can get my dream fight against El Cucuy…
- Ariane Lipski can still be a contender at 125. She needs to clean up her ground game a bit and pull the trigger on the feet. We saw tonight what she can do when she lets go.
FIGHTS TO MAKE:
Jan Blachowicz // Anthony Smith
Jacare Souza // time
Shogun Rua // Misha Cirkunov
Paul Craig // Ed Herman
Charles Oliveira // Edson Barboza
Andre Muniz // Wellington Turman
Antonio Arroyo // Julian Marquez
Markus Perez // Deron Winn
James Kraus // Sean Brady
Sergio Moraes should be released from the UFC and live out the rest of his life in grappling competition.
Ricardo Ramos // Gabriel Benitez
Luigi Eduardo Garagorri // Kyle Bochniack
Francisco Trinaldo // Marc Diakiese
Bobby Green // Jared Gordon
Randy Brown // Dhiego Lima
Warlley Alves // Laureano Staropoli
Douglas Silva de Andrade // Kyle Nelson
Renan Barao should retire from MMA or seek another promotion.
Ariane Lipski // Hannah Goldy
Isabella de Padua // Nadia Kassem
Tracy Cortez // JJ Aldrich
Vanessa Melo should be released from the UFC.