The best and worst from UFC Fight Night 163: Magomedsharipov vs. Kattar
#1 Worst: Those slow fights on the early part of the main card
Nobody really expected tonight’s show to be a contender for best UFC card of the year; the show lacked name value and while there were some intriguing-sounding contests, in general, it felt like a classic throwaway European show. We were treated to some excellent prelim fights, though – David Zawada vs. Abubakar Nurmagomedov, Magomed Ankalaev vs. Dalcha Lungiambula – and so going into the main card, hopes suddenly became a little higher.
They soon came crashing down though, with the first three fights on the main card. Klidson Abreu vs. Shamil Gamzatov was painfully slow, Anthony Rocco Martin vs. Ramazan Emeev wasn’t much better and while Ed Herman vs. Khadis Ibragimov had some decent action, it was also largely sloppy and both men got very tired.
Basically, the show had to be saved by Danny Roberts’ unlikely highlight-reel knockout of Zelim Imadaev, and while it was perfectly fine from that point onwards, those first three fights ensured that nobody will be looking to replay it again.