The UFC was supposed to be in London this weekend, but with COVID still around, back to Vegas, they went, and they brought a fun card. The UK fighters put on a show, with all of them winning except Darren Till. The UFC takes a break for a week, but they are back again the week after. UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Till had three TKOs, one submission, and four decisions.
Here are fights to make for the winners and losers of UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Till.
Brunson spoiled the UK fighters from going 5-0 by dominating and then submitting Darren Till. Brunson has looked the best he ever has. He is riding a five-fight win streak and should be Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Whittaker II alternate. He has worked his way back to Adesanya and deserves it. That’s it.
Aspinall finished the No. 14 ranked heavyweight Sergey Spivak in the first round to continue his finish streak. It makes sense why Spivak didn’t want to fight Aspinall in 2020 because he just got worked. Aspinall is the future of the division, but he wants a slow build, which is respectable. He is on a seven-fight win streak and has a 100% finish streak. No. 9 ranked Augusto Sakai should be his next opponent.
Morono defeated David Zawada via unanimous decision. ‘The Great White’ continues to roll and is on a two-fight winning streak. After all of these years, Morono is getting close to the welterweight top 15, and with another win, he might get there. He should fight Kevin Lee next. Lee is coming off a loss to Daniel Rodriguez and is looking to prove himself- Morono is that real test.
Khalil Rountree Jr.
Rountree put on another striking clinic and defeated Modestas Bukauskas via leg kick TKO. What a bounce-back performance for the ‘War Horse.’ He was fighting for his job, and he knew it. Rountree chose ultra-violence as he broke his opponent’s nose and tore his knee to shreds. Roundtree is now 5-5-1 in the UFC, but he is always fun to watch. I think it is time for Rountree and Michał Oleksiejczuk to rematch. Oleksiejczuk defeated Rountree in 2017 but popped for a banned substance and was suspended for a year.
PADDY THE BADDY!!!!! Welcome to the UFC. Pimblett survived an early onslaught to come back and finish Luigi Vendramini via TKO. What a UFC debut for Pimblett. He said he would finish Vendramini in every single interview, and he went out there and did it. I would not be surprised if the UFC machine is strapped to his back after this win. He is now riding a three-fight win streak. There are so many different ways to go with his next opponent- do they want to push him hard? Slow build? Prospect vs. Prospect? I have two potential opponents for him. Ottman Azaitar or Jordan Leavitt. Both of those are prospects that will test Pimblett. Azaitar is cream of the crop and close to the top 15, while Leavitt is a wizard on the ground.
McCann defeated Ji Yeon Kim via unanimous decision. ‘Meatball’ is back in the win column! After having a tough 2020 and riding the first losing streak of her career, she looked incredible. Melissa Gatto is a name that McCann should look to fight next. Gatto is coming off her first UFC win.
Shore easily defeated Liudvik Sholinian to win a unanimous decision. However, it is time for Shore to fight a ranked opponent and the UFC to promote him properly. He is a problem for the bantamweight division. 15-0 with 13 finishes. Shore should be booked against No. 14 ranked Cody Stamann next; it would finally be a big test for the Welsh fighter.
On short notice, Erosa finished Charles Jourdain via D’Arce choke in the third round. The finish of the fight was almost identical to his submission win over Sean Woodson. Erosa got back into the win column after losing his first fight since his return to the UFC. ‘Juicy J’ is now 3-1 and must-watch television. After the fight, Jourdain’s original opponent, Lerone Murphy, called for Erosa, and I love that fight. Book it.
Barriault defeated Dalcha Lungiambula via unanimous decision. It looked like Barriault was on his way out of the UFC just two years ago, but now he is on a two-fight winning streak.
The move to Sandford MMA could be a real game-changer for him. He should look to fight Jacob Malkoun, who beat Abdul Razak Alhassan in his last fight for his next fight.
Darren Till – Ian Heinisch
Sergey Spivak – Juan Espino
David Zawada – Warlley Alves
Modestas Bukauskas – Outside of the UFC
Luigi Vendramini – Rafa Garcia
Ji Yeon Kim – Poliana Botelho
Liudvik Sholinian – Jesse Strader
Charles Jourdain – Luis Saldana
Dalcha Lungiambula – Dustin Stoltzfus