What’s Next? UFC Copenhagen Result
The UFC made it’s first expedition to Denmark with a roster lined with local and European flavor, headlined by a fight between rising contenders, Jack Hermansson and Jared Cannonier. The night played out nicely, with plenty of bizarreness, violence, and the emergence of a real threat at middleweight. Here are the full results and some thoughts on UFC Copenhagen:
Jared Cannonier def. Jack Hermansson via TKO (uppercut to ground and pound), Rd 2
Mark Madsen def. Danilo Belluardo via TKO (ground and pound), Rd 1
Gilbert Burns def. Gunnar Nelson via Unanimous Decision
Ion Cutelaba def. Khalil Rountree via TKO (elbows from mount), Rd 1
Ovince St. Preux def. Michal Oleksiejczuk via Submission (von-flue choke), Rd 2
Nicolas Dalby def. Alex Oliveira via Unanimous Decision
John Phillips def. Alen Amedovski via KO (overhand left), Rd 1
Makhmud Muradov def. Alessio Di Chirico via Unanimous Decision
Ismail Naurdiev def. Siyar Bahadurzada via Unanimous Decision
Giga Chikadze def. Brandon Davis via Split Decision
Lina Lansberg def. Macy Chiasson via Unanimous Decision
Marc Diakiese def. Lando Vanatta via Unanimous Decision
Jack Shore def. Nohelin Hernandez via Submission (rear-naked choke), Rd 3
It’s time to start taking this crystal-lover seriously. When this fight was announced, I had a hard time believing this would end in anything but a Hermansson guillotine, but Cannonier remained composed against Joker’s manic movements, survived the takedowns, and caught him coming in with an uppercut. TKO, Killa Gorilla. I am so impressed with this former heavyweight. He looks completely reborn at 185, and I think a fight against Yoel Romero makes a lot of sense for him, if Romero doesn’t move to 205. Kelvin Gastelum is also an option, given he prevails over Darren Till. I love the future for this guy.
Tough break for the Joker, who is still a wonderful addition to the mix at 185. Bad timing on a takedown met incredible timing on an uppercut, and he swallows a loss in his second UFC headliner. It happens. I wouldn’t worry too much about Hermansson. He’s only 31, and I can’t imagine this loss catapults him anywhere outside the top 7/8. Take some time off, and get him in there with someone like Derek Brunson, or the loser of next week’s title fight.
Gilbert Burns is a problem at welterweight. Give him the loser of the Singapore main event between Demian Maia and Ben Askren.
Rename the choke to Von Preux already.
Khalil Rountree is still one of the nicest guys the UFC has, but he needs a ground game.
Great to see Nicolas Dalby back to form, better to see him perform in Copenhagen, and even better to see him reconnect with Darren Till after the show.
Fighters go to other promotions and exorcise demons all the time. Lando Vanatta needs to fight elsewhere for a while and learn to pull the trigger. He’s very young.
Mark Madsen / Claudio Puelles
Danilo Belluardo (cut from the UFC)
Gilbert Burns / winner of Demian Maia and Ben Askern
Gunnar Nelson / Thiago Alves
Ion Cutelaba / Saparbeg Safarov
Khalil Rountree Jr / Gian Villante
Ovince Saint Preux / Paul Craig
Michal Oleksiejczuk / Tyson Pedro
Nicolas Dalby / Mike Perry
Alex Oliveira / Michel Pereira
John Philips / Abu Azaitar
Alen Amedovski / Cezar Ferreira
Makhmud Muradov / Julian Marquez
Alessio Di Chirico / Dusko Todorovic
Ismail Naurdiev / Warlley Alves
Siyar Bahadurzada / Jordan Mein
Giga Chikadze / Andre Soukmathath
Brandon Davis (cut from the UFC)
Lina Lansberg / Sara McMann
Macy Chiasson / Bea Malecki
Marc Diakiese / Drew Dober
Lando Vanatta / Jalin Turner (or fights for another promotion)
Jack Shore / Jose Quinonez
Nohelin Hernandez (cut from the UFC)