Jeremy Stephens has been one of the toughest lightweight and featherweight outs in the last decade. If you can beat Stephens then you are a legitimate contender.
Well, Mateusz Gamrot Not only did Stephens beat him – he did him with flair.
Gamrot stopped Stephens by submission with a nasty Kimura after 1 minute, 5 seconds of the first round on Saturday at the UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs. Moises main card in Las Vegas. It was the first Kimura finish in the UFC that year and the first since September 2020.
“I’m ready for everyone,” said Gamrot in his post-fight interview.
Gamrot attacked Stephens from the opening bell and took him down. From there he got a dominant position, grabbed Stephens’ left arm and applied the Kimura – one of the worst filings in MMA.
After that, Gamrot said he wanted a top 15 opponent and probably deserved such an opportunity.
Gamrot (19-1, NC 1) has won two straight wins since making his UFC debut – his only career loss Guram Kutateladze by split decision last October. Born in Poland, he is a former KSW lightweight champion. Gamrot, 30, done Scott Holtzman via second-round finish in April.
Stephens (28-19, 1 NC) is without a win in his last six fights. The San Diego resident hadn’t fought since being knocked out in the second round Calvin Kattar in May 2020. Stephens, 35, has the second most knockdowns in UFC history (18), tied with the best of all time Anderson Silva.
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Miesha Tate is back – and she could actually be better than ever.
Tate (19-7) competed for the first time since 2016 and dominated Marion Reneau at the co-main event of the UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas. The former champion and mother of two finished Reneau (9-8-1) via TKO at 1:53 of the third round. It’s her first win since winning the £ 135 title in March 2016.
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Rodolfo Vieira lands the incredibly quick recoil against Dustin Stoltzfus to win the fight late at UFC Fight Night.
Vieira only needed a tiny chance to secure his third UFC win when 31-year-old middleweight Stoltzfus rear-naked choke in at 1:54 of the third round.
For two rounds, Stoltzfus from Pennsylvania did an excellent job and did Vieiras Grappling. He defended takedown attempts and fought Vieira’s hands when the submission ace put him in a clinch. In the third, however, Vieira finally prevailed when he Stoltzfus stood at the fence and jumped onto his back.
Talk about the “hump” for Viera … composed all the time, did not hurry, pounced when he had to. Good performance. # ufcvegas31
– Michael Chandler (@MikeChandlerMMA) July 18, 2021
The finish followed shortly afterwards, Vieira’s third win by submission in the Octagon. It’s a nice rest for Vieira, who got a big surprise against major Anthony Hernandez at his last appearance in February. Stoltzfus, who left Vieira behind with a total of 68 to 45 hits before the interruption, falls back to 0-2 in the UFC.
Quarantillo stopped Benitez with blows from the back control aiming at 3:40 of the third round. Benitez was incredibly tough, but the first two laps were mostly one-way streets in Quarantillo’s favor. Benitez made a brief comeback in the third round, but Quarantillo defeated him, regained control and the stoppage.
Quarantillo’s pace and pressure really made the difference in the fight. He pushed Benitez and landed again and again. Quarantillo also used his wrestling and grappling effectively, bringing Benitez to the ground and landing floor-and-pound, causing Benitez’s face to bleed. By the second round, Benitez was a bloody mess and his left eye swelled badly.
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Benitez dropped Quarantillo with his left hand in the first few seconds of the third round. But Quarantillo was able to slow Benitez’s rally with a trip takedown, then took his back before finally reaching the finish with strikes.
“I have that dog inside of me,” Quarantillo said in his post-fight interview. “We made it an ugly, dirty, dirty fight and got the W.”
Quarantillo, 32, has won four of his last five fights. The native New Yorker won a total of nine out of ten. Benitez, a 33-year-old from Mexico, has lost three out of four.
Rodriguez has been a must see on TV since signing with the UFC last year, and that was the case again on Saturday.
Rodriguez of Alhambra, California, scored a TKO in the first round against Parsons at 3:47 in the opening round. The finish came after Rodriguez Parsons hit his left eye with a counterattack with his left hand and then swarmed him with punches along the fence.
D-Rod vs Ponzinibbio would be a must see on TV. # UFCVegas31
– Michael Chiesa (@ MikeMav22) July 18, 2021
Parsons, who stood in for Rodriguez’s original opponent at short notice, Abubakar Nurmagomedov, looked comfortable early on as he made an early takedown and landed several direct blows to the feet. Rodriguez is known for his strength, however, and it only took one shot to swing the momentum in his favor.
The 34-year-old Rodriguez is now 5-1 in the UFC with three placements. He is also 11-1 in his last 12 fights since 2017.
Amanda Lemos drops Montserrat Conejo in the first round of her fight at the UFC Fight Night.
It is time for increased competition for Lemos.
Lemos, one of the best up and coming straw women in the world, blew up Conejo with one right hand, followed by a left, which made Conejo crash onto the canvas. Lemos followed with a hammer fist to the ground, and referee Chris Tognoni stepped in to shout it. The finish came after 35 seconds of the first round – the second fastest finish in UFC strawweight women’s history.
Brilliant!!! That was beautifully noticeable! 🙌🏽 # UFCVegas31
– Tatiana Suarez (@tatianaufc) July 18, 2021
The interruption seemed a little early. Conejo showed up after the Lemos blows. But Lemos has arguably the most dangerous power in the division and it might not have been long.
“My name is Amanda Lemos“, she said through her manager Wallid Ismail.” I will be UFC champion.
The 34-year-old Lemos has won four in a row, three of them in the first round. The native Brazilian has only one career loss – in bantamweight too Leslie Smith 2017 at Lemos’ UFC debut. Conejo, a 28-year-old Mexican, had a winning streak of two fights.
Morozov showed his opponent on Saturday what it means to be dragged into deep waters.
Morozov, 32, of Kazakhstan, never got to a finish against Taha, but he thoroughly dominated him over the course of their three-round bantamweight bout. Taha just couldn’t get rid of Morozov’s grappling once he closed the distance. All three judges scored a sweep for Morozov, 30-27.
Some of Morozov’s best work came in the first round when he defeated Taha and landed some strong left hands from the front. He controlled Taha in the clinch and also in the second and third round on the ground.
Gordon may have been fighting for his UFC career – and he responded impressively.
In a back and forth fight, Gordon Figueiredo was able to overtake by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) and achieve his first UFC victory.
“That keeps me in the UFC.” said Gordon in his post-fight interview. “… I deserve it. This is where I belong.”
Gordon was able to land some hard right hands on his feet and crawl Figueiredo onto the floor. He finished the first round with ground-and-pound and landed a takedown at the end of the second. In the third, Gordon had further successes on the ground until Figueiredo managed to briefly get into riding.
The 31-year-old Gordon took a streak of losses in two bouts at UFC with the win. The native Canadian is the former TKO flyweight champion. Figueiredo, the 31-year-old brother of former UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo, is now 1-1 in the UFC. He’s fighting out of Brazil.
Nascimento survived an ugly first round against Baudot before taking advantage of his opponent’s dwindling gas tank.
Nascimento, 28, of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, beat Baudot with punches along the fence at 1:29 of the second round. The goal came after Nascimento found himself in several difficult spots in the first frame, including battling the floor and pounds off his back after pulling the guard.
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France’s Baudot had all worked for the first five minutes when he hit Nascimento on the feet and had to pay him for his efforts to bring the fight to the ground. However, by the second round, he looked like a different fighter as Nascimento walked down him and landed shots at will.
Nascimento has had finishes on both of its victories in the Octagon.