UFC Fight Night 118 Results: Matches to Make for the Winners and Losers
The UFC marched into Gdansk, Poland, on Saturday with an 11-fight slate for UFC Fight Night 118. Atop the card, a new prospect emerged by ousting a fan favorite.
Darren Till kept his record perfect with a first-round TKO over Donald Cerrone. The performance will push him up the rankings and make him an interesting name to watch as the calendar turns to 2018.
In the co-main event, former title challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz got back in the win column with a dominant showing against Jodie Esquibel. Kowalkiewicz put in 15 minutes of work en route to a clean sweep on the scorecards.
With the performances now in the rearview, we now turn to what comes next for both the winners and losers.
How did some fortunes change and who is next? Let's take a look at the matches to make following UFC Fight Night 118.
Preliminary Fights Quick Hits
Josh Emmett def. Felipe Arantes by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)
- Felipe Arantes vs. Artem Lobov
- Josh Emmett vs. Renato Moicano
Aspen Ladd def. Lina Lansberg by TKO at 2:33 of the second round
- Lina Lansberg vs. Veronica Macedo
- Aspen Ladd vs. Bethe Correia
Warlley Alves def. Salim Touahri by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Salim Touahri vs. loser of Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Max Griffin (October 28)
- Warlley Alves vs. Gunnar Nelson
Andre Fili def. Artem Lobov by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Artem Lobov vs. Felipe Arantes
- Andre Fili vs. Dennis Bermudez
Ramazan Emeev def. Sam Alvey by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Sam Alvey vs. loser of Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Jack Marshman (October 28)
- Ramazan Emeev vs. Tim Boetsch
Brian Kelleher def. Damian Stasiak by TKO at 3:34 of the third round
- Damian Stasiak vs. Tom Duquesnoy
- Brian Kelleher vs. Johnny Eduardo
Marcin Held def. Nasrat Haqparast by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Nasrat Haqparast vs. loser of Hacran Dias vs. Jared Gordon (October 28)
- Marcin Held vs. winner of Sage Northcutt vs. Michel Quinones (November 11)
Oskar Piechota vs. Jonathan Wilson
Oskar Piechota def. Jonathan Wilson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
The losing streak of Jonathan Wilson should put an end to his current UFC run. Perhaps Wilson can get a win on the regional scene and resurface on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series.
Oskar Piechota could be booked any number of ways by the UFC.
Do they push him against a contender right away? Or do they bring him along slowly against another newcomer? Predicting how they handle Piechota is difficult. The best plan may be to give him a stiff test and use his third fight to alter the booking pattern.
So, who is that test? How about Magnus Cedenblad? That'd be an appropriate fight and there is pressure both men to perform.
Jan Blachowicz vs. Devin Clark
Jan Blachowicz def. Devin Clark via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:02 of the second round
Jan Blachowicz picked up an important victory in Poland with his Performance of the Night submission win. A loss could have seen him cut from the roster, but he regains a bit of momentum in a shallow division.
Devin Clark won't lose too much footing. He'll just have to go to the end of the line. He should fight the loser of the November 11 bout between Jake Collier and Marcel Fortuna.
If Blachowicz is healthy, the UFC should call on him to replace Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in December.
Jared Cannonier needs a new opponent, and Blachowicz fits the bill. It'd be a great way to keep Blachowicz active and moving in the right direction with another tough bout.
Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Jodie Esquibel
Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Jodie Esquibel by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
After back-to-back losses to two of the best strawweights in the world, Karolina Kowalkiewicz took care of business in what was essentially a squash match.
That's not to discredit Jodie Esquibel. She is just not at the elite level in this division. As such, her return fight in the UFC should be against someone at the bottom. Ashley Yoder is 0-2 in the UFC, and a fight with Esquibel could be the right move for both women.
As for Kowalkiewicz, her post-fight interview in the cage brought to light the fight to book.
The former title challenger mentioned Jessica Andrade, and that's the fight. Andrade is coming off a huge win against Claudia Gadelha, but given her recent loss to the champion, there is no rush in giving her another shot. A bout between Andrade and Kowalkiewicz could be a title eliminator for 2018.
Donald Cerrone vs. Darren Till
Darren Till def. Donald Cerrone by TKO at 4:20 of the first round
Welcome to the elite, Darren Till.
Till entered as an undefeated prospect who had yet to be tested in the UFC. Thrust into a fight against the No. 6-ranked welterweight, there were serious questions about how this would work out for the youngster. As it turns out, it turned out just fine.
Till is now 16-0-1 and has a Top 10 victory under his belt. That means he should be ranked come Monday, and his next fight should have serious implications. Unfortunately, most of the top 10 are booked. The most apt matchup would be Till against the winner of Stephen Thompson and Jorge Masvidal on November 4.
Neither Masvidal nor Thompson is getting a title shot with a win. Thus, a big fight with Till would set up a big fight for 2018.
As for Cerrone, Father Time is undefeated and it appears he is coming for the Cowboy.
But there are still fun fights for him in the UFC. Tarec Saffiedine may be one of those fights. Saffiedine is on a three-fight skid but still has the tools to make an exciting fight with Cerrone. That's a solid fight for the new year.