The Real Winners and Losers from UFC Fight Night 195

Lyle Fitzsimmons@@fitzbitzFeatured ColumnistOctober 17, 2021

The Real Winners and Losers from UFC Fight Night 195

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    It was a fight card only a hardcore fan could love.

    On a Saturday jam-packed with high-profile college football, playoff baseball and the first Hockey Night in Canada of the 2021-22 regular season, the UFC threw a star-less hat into the ring—or Octagon, as it were—with a 10-fight show from its Apex facility home base in Las Vegas.

    Of the 10 fighters on the main card, only one, Aspen Ladd, arrived as a ranked commodity. She was scheduled to contest the five-round main event with Brazilian export Norma Dumont.

    Brendan Fitzgerald and Michael Bisping had the announce-table call for ESPN+, while Joe Martinez handled in-cage introductions in place of stalwart Bruce Buffer, and Din Thomas was in the house for intermittent technical analysis and commentary. Brett Okamoto, meanwhile, worked the rest of the room for breaking news and between-fight feature pieces.

    Ladd, slotted third in the women's bantamweight division, moved up to featherweight to engage with Dumont, who had won two of three bouts since arriving to the promotion in 2020. Ladd had dropped her previous main event bout in 2019 but was unbeaten in four other UFC appearances.

    It was the second straight week with a women's bout atop the show.

    "It just goes to show how far female mixed martial arts has come," Bisping said. "It's just incredible these days."

    As usual, the event was not without its changes, with a preliminary card flyweight bout having Sijara Eubanks drop out because of COVID-19 protocols in favor of Loopy Godinez, who fought on the previous week's show and earn a first-round stoppage. Elsewhere, Julian Marquez withdrew from a planned middleweight match against Jordan Wright because of health issues and the fight was canceled.

    B/R's combat sports team was in its usual observation perch to take in the show and assemble a definitive list of winners and losers for the night. Click through to see what we came up with, and let us know what you think in the comments section.

Loser: Home Team Support

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    In an instant, they went from enemies to colleagues.

    As their 25 minutes of combat came to an end, a bloodied Dumont cradled Ladd's face in her arm, smiled at her as she said something encouraging and kissed her on the cheek.

    It was about as positive a moment as Ladd had all night.

    Though she entered the bout as a -135 favorite with DraftKings (wager $135 to win $100), the 26-year-old fought like a tentative newcomer and never got her offense untracked while dropping a five-round decision in a desultory main event.

    Her corner team quickly whisked her out of the cage after the verdict was announced, a trip that followed multiple one-minute meetings between rounds in which the fighter looked intimidated and without answers as her trainers implored her to make something happen.

    Instead, Ladd landed single-digit significant strikes in each of the first three rounds before finally breaking through with 12 lands in the fourth. It was back to single digits in the fifth, however, as she found herself on the wrong end of a 12-5 count as Dumont locked up two scorecard verdicts of 49-46 and another of 48-47 to win for the seventh time in eight pro fights and third in four UFC tries.

    Dumont defended all five of Ladd's takedown attempts and credited that stat for the win.

    "That's what we trained for. We know her strength is ground-and-pound," said Dumont, a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. "But for you to take me down, you've got to do a lot."

    Bisping chided Ladd for her lack of aggression throughout as she lost for the second time in three fights after starting her career with eight wins. It was her first appearance since 2019, when she had reconstructive surgery after tearing the ACL and MCL in her right knee.

    "You didn't do all that training and all the sacrificing and pushing the body to the limit not to have a fight," he said. "You've signed to fight in the UFC. You know the risks. Everyone knows. But no one's going to be more annoyed after this fight than Aspen Ladd."

Loser: Counting on the Cards

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    Andrei Arlovski turned and walked toward the fence, arms aloft.

    A moment later, Carlos Felipe did the same.

    Clearly, as their heavyweight co-main event ended, both men thought they had won.

    But only the former was correct.

    Arlovski, among the UFC's pioneers and its heavyweight champion from 2005 to 2006, was the busier and more consistently effective man in an intermittently violent three-rounder.

    The Belarusian-American was a 29-28 winner on all three scorecards, matching how B/R saw it.

    Felipe did not agree and instantly threw his hands up when Martinez announced the decision and continued to pace and gesture as Bisping pulled over Arlovski for a post-fight interview.

    It was Arlovski's 32nd win as a pro and his 21st in the UFC, good for fourth all time.

    Felipe, meanwhile, dropped to 11-2 overall and 3-2 in the UFC since 2020. He was on the short end of a 26-12 margin in significant strikes in the opening round but outlanded Arlovski by 30-28 and 31-29 margins in Rounds 2 and 3.

    "What a career for Andrei Arlovski," Fitzgerald said. "And it is still going strong."

Winner: Old-Guy Power

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    There's experience. And then there's experience.

    Jim Miller continues to be a prime example of the latter variety.

    The rugged New Jerseyan once again took sole possession of the UFC's record for most Octagonal appearances, pushing past Donald Cerrone with a 38th career outing and making it worthwhile with a highlight-worthy finish of promotional newcomer Erick Gonzalez.

    "What can I say? I just like to fight," Miller said. "And I get paid."

    Indeed, the 38-year-old put himself in position for a bonus as well, putting out Gonzalez's lights with a single left-hand counter to a sweeping right-leg kick a few seconds into Round 2.

    Gonzalez immediately crumpled to the canvas, where Miller landed four quick ground shots before referee Mark Smith got between them at the 14-second mark.

    It was Miller's 22nd UFC win, which puts him one behind Cerrone's record of 23, and his 14th finish, which is tied for third in UFC history too.

    "I feel great," Miller said. "He's a tough dude. He came out with nothing to lose. He came out scrapping. But hey! Old dog, new tricks. I got a KO."

    It was Miller's first KO since he stopped Takanori Gomi at UFC 200 in 2016. He also fought at UFC 100 in 2009 and said he hopes to stick around until UFC 300.

    "I knew [Gonzalez] was gonna come forward, and his hands drop when he comes forward," Miller said. "He showed that in some of his previous fights, and we took advantage."

Loser: Relying on Gestures

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    Mayra Bueno Silva had a variety of looks.

    She shook her head. She stuck out her tongue. She put her hands behind her back.

    But no matter what gesture she threw at opponent Manon Fiorot across three rounds of their flyweight match on Saturday's main card, nothing stopped the one-sided flow of aggression.

    Instead, Fiorot, a 31-year-old southpaw from France, controlled nearly every second with effective combinations to her opponent's head and intermittent side kicks to her body on the way to a unanimous decision that extended her win streak to eight.

    A veteran of several promotions, Fiorot hasn't lost since her debut in 2018 and is unbeaten in the UFC.

    As for Silva, she was unbeaten in her first six pro fights but has won just once in her past four outings—including two losses and a draw. Against Fiorot, her deficit in significant strikes was 12, nine and 22 across the three rounds before winding up at 91-48 overall.

    Ironically, heading into the fight, she claimed superiority because Fiorot had not faced a striker like her.

    "I'm disappointed because I wanted the finish," Fiorot said. "But it was a really good fight, so I'm very happy about the win."

Winner: Underdog, Schmunderdog

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    Nate Landwehr had done a lot of things in 18 fights.

    He'd won by stoppages. He'd won by decisions. He'd won and defended a smaller promotion's title.

    But he'd never earned a victory by submission. And at +300 with DraftKings, he'd certainly never done so as a such a heavy underdog.

    Landwehr would like to let you know you can't say that anymore.

    "I still got power in these hands," the ebullient Tennessee native said, referring to a better-than-50-percent career KO rate. "This was a one-time and out. I just wanted to show y'all I could do it.

    "I think I've still got a job after that. There ain't a man alive that can out-push and there ain't a man alive that can out-want me."

    Now 33, Landwehr was on the short end of the action for much of the first round but rallied late and controlled the second round while running the gas tank of opponent Ludovit Klein dry.

    An anaconda choke attempt in that middle session was eluded by Klein, but he was caught again in the third as Landwehr wrapped his left arm under his chin and prompted the tap out to end the scrap at 2:22.

    "When you're tired and someone's choking you out, it's harder to resist," Bisping said. "It wasn't 100 percent technical, but it was enough."

UFC Fight Night 195 Full Card Results

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    Main Card

    Norma Dumont def. Aspen Ladd by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47).

    Andrei Arlovski def. Carlos Felipe by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

    Jim Miller def. Erick Gonzalez by KO (punch), 0:14, Round 2.

    Manon Fiorot def. Mayra Bueno Silva by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27).

    Nate Landwehr def. Ludovit Klein by submission (anaconda choke), 2:22, Round 3.

              

    Preliminary Card

    Bruno Silva def. Andrew Sanchez by TKO (punches), 2:35, Round 3.

    Danny Roberts def. Ramazan Emeev by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27).

    Luana Carolina def. Loopy Godinez by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

    Danaa Batgerel def. Brandon Davis by TKO (punches), 2:01, Round 1.

    Ariane Carnelossi def. Istela Nunes by submission (rear-naked choke), 2:57, Round 3.

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