UFC Fight Night 112 Results: Matches to Make for the Winners and Losers
The UFC came to Oklahoma with an evening full of meaningful contests, but Sunday night didn't end without controversy.
Lightweights Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee had a score to settle, but referee Mario Yamasaki stopped the bout before it reached its ultimate conclusion. Lee had a rear-naked choke sunk in, but Chiesa did not tap nor was he unconscious. Yamasaki stopped the bout regardless, and Lee picked up a win.
But where does that win put Lee?
In the co-main event, Tim Boetsch stopped former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks in a catchweight contest after Hendricks failed to make the middleweight weight limit. The loss, along with missing weight, is damaging to Hendricks' fighting career. What's next for the former champion?
Those questions are what we are here to answer alongside the next fights for the other participants on UFC Fight Night 112's card.
Let's end the waiting and get to the matchmaking. Here are the matches to make following the action in Oklahoma City.
Preliminary Fights Quick Hits
Jeremy Kimball def. Josh Stansbury by TKO at 1:21 of the first round
- Jeremy Kimball vs. winner of Jared Cannonier vs. Steve Bosse (July 7)
- Josh Stansbury vs. Igor Pokrajac
Tony Martin def. Johnny Case by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Tony Martin vs. Gilbert Melendez
- Johnny Case vs. Erik Koch
Jared Gordon def. Michel Quinones by TKO at 4:24 of the second round
- Jared Gordon vs. Dennis Siver
- Michel Quinones vs. Rolando Gabriel Dy
Darrell Horcher def. Devin Powell by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Darrell Horcher vs. Felipe Silva
- Devin Powell vs. Josh Emmett
Carla Esparza def. Maryna Moroz by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Carla Esparza vs. Claudia Gadelha
- Maryna Moroz vs. Justine Kish
Marvin Vettori def. Vitor Miranda by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Marvin Vettori vs. Jack Hermansson
- Vitor Miranda vs. Cezar Ferreira
Clay Guida def. Erik Koch by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-26, 30-26)
- Clay Guida vs. James Krause
- Erik Koch vs. Johnny Case
BJ Penn vs. Dennis Siver
Dennis Siver def. BJ Penn by majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-27)
BJ Penn knocked Siver down in the second round and finished it in top position. It looked like he was in full control, but he was never in the fight after that point. The third round was all Dennis Siver—to the point where it was sad to watch Penn stand there and take a beating.
The UFC should part ways with BJ Penn. If Penn wants to continue fighting, allow him to do it in Bellator or Rizin. It's beyond time and only shameful to watch at this point.
Siver looked good in the third, but he looked good against a broken-down Penn. Siver doesn't need to jump up in competition.
Jared Gordon is the proper next opponent. Gordon looked good in his outing and needs a step up. Siver serves that role, and it's a great way to get Siver right back in the cage. The winner of the fight could then make a case for a bigger fight.
Tim Means vs. Alex Garcia
Tim Means def. Alex Garcia by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
This fight did not live up to expectations, but regardless it was Tim Means who got the victory. They seemingly respected each other's power too much, making for a dull fight. Means' striking won the day.
Garcia is a prospect who just never panned out for the UFC. He can still serve a role, but it's time to sell the stock in Garcia. Next up should be Dong Hyun Kim. Kim is past his prime but still a viable welterweight. And he'll make Garcia work.
Means can be one of the more exciting fighters in the UFC, and it could use him against a ranked opponent.
Tarec Saffiedine recently lost but remains in the top 15. That's a suitable opponent for Means. Similar to Kim vs. Garcia, Means will make Saffiedine work. It's a good test to see what should come next for the victor in the land of ranked contenders.
Joachim Christensen vs. Dominick Reyes
Dominick Reyes def. Joachim Christensen by TKO at 0:29 of the first round
This fight was quick. Dominick Reyes continued his streak of first-round finishes by destroying Christensen in his UFC debut.
Christensen meeting Jake Collier fits, and it's a fight for a Fight Pass prelim. Nothing more really needs to be said.
The hype will begin to surround Reyes now. In a shallow division, there isn't much the UFC can do wrong with Reyes other than rush him up the latter. Yet it still needs to test him. Enter Devin Clark.
Clark is not an especially notable fighter, but he has back-to-back victories inside the Octagon. It's a good opponent for Reyes' next step and a good opponent for the UFC to see just how much of a prospect Reyes truly is.
Felice Herrig vs. Justine Kish
Felice Herrig def. Justine Kish by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)
Has there been a fighter that has made a big of a stride in her career in the past year than Felice Herrig?
Herrig was a fighter who primarily was focused on for her weigh-in antics and was talked about for her stand-up. However, in the past year, Herrig has started to put all the pieces of the puzzle together as she notched yet another win over a prospect in Justine Kish.
Kish showed a lot of heart and guts, but her technique was lacking. In her time since The Ultimate Fighter, she has not shown too much improvement. The UFC could give her a newcomer in the hopes she'll continue to develop, but perhaps the right choice is tossing her in against Michelle Waterson.
Herrig is on the other side of the coin—rising quickly. She is in title contention as it is, but one more win could net her the bid. There are three names that make sense: Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Jessica Andrade and Tecia Torres. Claudia Gadelha could make sense for a title eliminator, but a fight between Gadelha and Esparza is what should happen. Thus, let's focus on the three I mentioned.
Kowalkiewicz and Andrade are coming off losses. While they still are ranked higher than Herrig, it doesn't quite help elevate her to a title bid. Torres is scheduled to fight Juliana Lima on July 7. If Torres wins, Herrig is the proper choice, with the winner potentially getting a title shot in early 2018.
Tim Boetsch vs. Johny Hendricks
Tim Boetsch def. Johny Hendricks by TKO at 0:46 of the second round
Let's start off with Hendricks.
He has not looked good in quite some time. He moved to middleweight due to an intense struggle to make 170, and then he misses weight at 185. It's time for the UFC to cut him.
What is the upside in keeping Hendricks around? He's clearly past his expiration date inside the cage, and he is costing them a premium as a former champion. He's not offering the UFC anything of note and his performances inside the cage prove that. It's time to move on from Hendricks.
Boetsch picked up a much-needed win, but the middleweight landscape is a mess.
The best plan for Boetsch would be a meeting with Anderson Silva. That is if the UFC could somehow make it worth Silva's time to take the fight. It'd be a fine main card bout on a Brazilian fight card, and it would give Boetsch a prime-time fight in the latter stages of his career.
Michael Chiesa vs. Kevin Lee
Kevin Lee def. Michael Chiesa via technical submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:37 of the first round
Going into this fight, the winner was set up to make a huge leap in the division. Lee got the win and called out Khabib Nurmagomedov. While that may be too lofty, it would have made sense under normal circumstances.
The circumstances are not normal thanks to a shoddy job by referee Mario Yamasaki.
Let's just run it back.
It wasn't a decisive victory even though everyone and their brother thinks Lee had it wrapped up. Thinking is not knowing. Given the layout of the division for the top 10, there is not much on the docket for Lee to take anyhow. Perhaps Justin Gaethje if he wins his UFC debut on July 7? Possibly, but that's not a huge step forward.
It's the unfortunate right move to book the rematch for later this year. The sooner the better, so all parties can move forward.