UFC 177 Results: Matches to Make for the Entire Fight Card
In accepting a bout with Joe Soto on the shortest notice possible, T.J. Dillashaw risked his bantamweight championship—not a huge risk against a UFC newcomer but a risk nonetheless.
As expected, though, Dillashaw took care of business against Soto. In the UFC 177 main attraction, Dillashaw threw a tremendous volume of strikes and wore Soto down before finishing the unlikely challenger with a head kick and follow-up punches in the fifth round.
Now, Soto can look forward to a more reasonable climb up the 135-pound ladder. Dillashaw, meanwhile, should have tougher challenges coming his way.
Here are the matchups that should be next for Dillashaw, Soto and the rest of the UFC 177 competitors.
|Derek Brunson||Tim Boetsch|
|Anthony Hamilton||Ruslan Magomedov|
|Chris Wade||Yancy Medeiros|
|Lorenz Larkin||None (Release)|
|Ruan Potts||None (Release)|
|Cain Carrizosa||Mairbek Taisumov vs. Marcin Bandel Loser|
Matchup: Douglas Silva de Andrade
Damon Jackson brought an undefeated record into his UFC debut, but The Leech suffered his first MMA loss opposite Yancy Medeiros on Saturday.
The opening round was competitive, but Jackson failed to take Medeiros down on three attempts. It was on another failed takedown attempt in the second stanza that Jackson got caught in a rare reverse guillotine choke that led to the finish.
Damon Jackson's attempted sitout gets him strangled into instant convulsing unconsciousness by Medeiros' power bulldog guillotine thing. A+.— Jordan Breen (@jordanbreen) August 31, 2014
With a loss in his first trip to the Octagon, Jackson will likely need to win his next bout to remain on the UFC roster. Look for him to return to 145 pounds, where he was a Legacy FC champion and meet Douglas Silva de Andrade, who also holds a 0-1 UFC record.
Matchup: Chris Wade
At UFC 177, Medeiros avoided dropping to 0-3 inside the Octagon by submitting UFC newcomer Jackson in the opening round.
Less than two minutes into the second stanza, Medeiros began attempting to lock up a guillotine choke, but Jackson tried to spin out of the submission and ended up in an even worse position. Medeiros wound up with an even tighter reverse guillotine choke and put Jackson to sleep in a matter of seconds.
That was a positively NASTY choke by Yancy Medeiros. Reverse-guillotine is the official call...my goodness that was brutal.— UFCONFOX (@UFCONFOX) August 31, 2014
The victory likely saved Medeiros from being released by the world's top MMA promotion. Instead, he could soon make another trip to the Octagon opposite Chris Wade, who also recorded a submission win Saturday.
Matchup: Gleison Tibau vs. Piotr Hallmann Loser
It seems like every time he starts gathering momentum, Ramsey Nijem reminds us he can't protect his chin well enough to make a serious run at title contention.
On Saturday, Nijem started strong against Diego Ferreira, scoring two takedowns in the opening round. However, he came out a little too wild in the second stanza and got caught rushing forward with his chin high. Ferreira stepped back and countered to remain undefeated inside the Octagon with a knockout win.
Sometimes it's like Ramsey Nijem fights like he has Mark Hunt's chin. He doesn't, though.— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) August 31, 2014
Nijem's next outing will no doubt come against an opponent also coming off of a loss. He might have a chance to bounce back in a big way against the loser of a September 13 bout between Gleison Tibau and Piotr Hallmann.
Matchup: Joe Lauzon vs. Michael Chiesa Winner
Following a strong showing against Colton Smith in his UFC debut, Ferreira quickly found himself in a big fight with Nijem on the UFC 177 main card.
Never afraid to take risks, Ferreira did make some mistakes that allowed Nijem to take him down twice in the first round. However, the Brazilian rebounded in a big way during the second stanza, knocking out Nijem with a step-back counter as his opponent charged aggressively.
Undefeated and entertaining to watch, especially on the ground, Ferreira should have another big fight coming his way. A bout with the winner of a September 5 matchup between Joe Lauzon and Michael Chiesa could produce some fun grappling.
Matchup: Germaine de Randamie
When Shayna Baszler appeared on The Ultimate Fighter 18, many expected she'd win the competition and become a serious title contender in the 135-pound division. It hasn't played out that way.
Baszler didn't win a fight on TUF 18. She was eliminated by eventual winner Julianna Pena, and she's now officially 0-1 inside the Octagon after a rough outing against Bethe Correia.
Although The Queen of Spades looked solid on the ground Saturday, she had no answers when forced to stand in the second round. While she never went down to the canvas, Baszler was being battered and failed to make any attempt to circle away from the cage when the fight was stopped.
Good stoppage by Big John. Baszler was dead tired, taking tons of shots and not firing back or moving— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) August 31, 2014
There's a good chance Baszler will be released after this loss. However, she's a big name in women's MMA, so she may get one more opportunity to prove she belongs. If she does, that chance could come against Germaine de Randamie, who was knocked out by Amanda Nunes in her most recent outing.
Matchup: Holly Holm
Bethe Correia's assault on The Four Horsewomen continued at UFC 177, where she bested Shayna Baszler via knockout in the second round.
After beating Baszler and Jessamyn Duke, Correia's quest to take down The Four Horsewomen may hit a wall, though. Marina Shafir fights at 145 pounds and isn't on the UFC roster, and Correira really hasn't done enough to earn a title shot with Ronda Rousey.
That said, Correia is climbing the rankings and does have Rousey's attention. She'd be a good test for UFC newcomer Holly Holm, a dangerous striker and a former Legacy FC champion whom Rousey is also likely keeping an eye on.
Matchup: Joe Lauzon vs. Michael Chiesa Loser
Following a win over Charlie Brenneman, Danny Castillo was looking for an impressive victory over Tony Ferguson that would potentially earn him a shot at a top-15 lightweight. Instead, the Team Alpha Male fighter was sent back to the drawing board.
Despite spending more than eight minutes on top, Castillo didn't do enough offensively to convince the judges that he'd won. Two of the three officials scored the bout in Tony Ferguson's favor, leaving Castillo frustrated and with his second loss in three fights.
I 100% agree with @lastcall155 . Controlling a grown man¬ being able to do damage is a lot better than being controlled¬ doing damage.— Michael Chandler (@MikeChandlerMMA) August 31, 2014
Perhaps a stronger grappler could bring a bit more out of Castillo's ground game the next time around. The UFC should match Last Call with the loser of the September 5 bout between submission artists Joe Lauzon and Michael Chiesa.
Matchup: KJ Noons
Opposite strikers, Ferguson can be highly entertaining to watch. Even against Castillo, who was looking to win with top control, Ferguson forced some fun scrambles on the canvas.
Spending so much time underneath Castillo, Ferguson was fortunate to come away with a win. However, he did get his hand raised and has now won three in a row.
It's possible Ferguson could get a shot at a ranked lightweight now, but he may need one more win. If so, it'd be intriguing to see Ferguson's striking tested by KJ Noons.
Matchup: Chris Beal vs. Rob Font Winner
No, Soto didn't mount one of the greatest upsets in UFC history, but he did represent himself well against the best bantamweight in the world, Dillashaw.
He lost the first four rounds before getting finished in the fifth stanza, but Soto kept it close and landed some big shots to show Dillashaw he was for real. Ultimately, it was a head kick that led to the end more than 20 minutes into Soto's memorable UFC debut.
Very interesting fight thus far, much closer than most were expecting. Joe Soto showed up to scrap!— UFCONFOX (@UFCONFOX) August 31, 2014
Soto is now likely to get a big step down in competition, but I wouldn't be shocked to see him matched up with an opponent coming off a win. A matchup with the winner of a September 5 bout between Chris Beal and Rob Font would be interesting.
Matchup: Dominick Cruz vs. Takeya Mizugaki Winner
Dillashaw was within his rights to refuse fighting Saturday, but he put his belt on the line against an opponent he hadn't prepared to fight. In doing so, the bantamweight champion kept UFC 177 from becoming a complete and utter disaster.
T.J. Dillashaw: [Barao's] scared. He don't want it. The coaches wanted the rematch more than he did... I'm a company man I'll fight whoever.— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) August 29, 2014
After failing to appear Saturday, Barao is out as Dillashaw's next title challenger.
That leaves Raphael Assuncao, who owns a win over the champion, and former titleholder Dominick Cruz as the most worthy candidates. Assuncao and Cruz will next appear less than one week apart against Bryan Caraway and Takeya Mizugaki on September 27 and October 4, respectively.
Given that Assuncao could have been given a title shot before Dillashaw and the fact that Cruz only lost his belt due to injuries, it's tough to say who would be more deserving with a win. The UFC should wait until both fight and make the tough decision then, but I think the early edge should go to Cruz.