Apart from the obvious and most anticipated rematch of TJ Dillashaw and Renan Barao, the main card bouts were lined up with interesting combinations. It was all about the complete game this time...strikers with grapplers and vice versa to see odds are in whose favour and who has worked hard. Thrilling night at Chicago Illinois.
Joe Lauzon defeats Takanori Gomi via TKO at 02:37 of Round 1
As a main card opener, this bout ended really quick as Lauzon was matched up against his hero Gomi. Both started off with trading some hooks and rights where Gomi tries to push Lauzon of the center cage. But Lauzon, with his swift actions, quickly comes back into position and surprises Gomi with a sing leg down to the ground. Gomi struggles to get out of it as Lauzon successfully traps him with a leg lock. The finisher is constant and heavy left hands dominated by Lauzon which rule the decision in his favour.
Edson Barboza defeats Paul Felder by unanimous decision (29-28x3)
This sounds as interesting and surprising as it gets. Blows were intended to hit! Barboza knew that Paul was an effective striker so he tried to maintain range by kicks however those were brutal ones. Initially, Felder relied on his striking and Barboza kept to his kicks.
Both were swinging either with punches or kicks but Barboza was really swift in his switching and holding his ground. Eventually, one powerful left hook damaged Barboza’s right eye but he, however, kept going with effective counters, blocks and leg kicks.
Felder also tried a takedown, but it seems Barboza’s defence was actually strong. He continued in the same fashion and towards the ends, dominated with swift left hooks. This was the first loss to Paul Felder.
Miesha Tate defeats Jessica Eye by unanimous decision (30-27x3)
This was the fight which surprisingly went till the third round. It was also the fight where Tate was seen aggressive. Starting off with striking, Eye kept her range to avoid Tate from taking her to the ground which was pretty much expected as Tate aimed for ground. There’s a twist in the tale, however.
Tate dominated with heavy and perfectly connected right hands- one which actually made Eye fall. Eye eventually went to the defending zone wherein Miesha aggressively attacked her by clinching and possible one arm guillotine which was effectively defended by Eye.
Towards the end of the third round, Tate attempted a double leg which put her into a back mount and a very dominant position which Eye managed to get out of. She planted some knees, but they weren’t as dominant as Tate’s fight winning striking.
T.J Dillashaw defeats Renan Barao via TKO (punches) at 0:35 of Round 4
Yes, T.J Dillashaw defeated his belt again and exactly from the same person he took it from. Though the odds were in favour of Dillashaw as predictions, Renan also gave a tough fight to Dillashaw for taking the title back home. It was very enthralling to see T.J’s terrific and swift footwork right from the beginning of the fight till the end. T.J switched stance from southpaw to orthodox with such and dominance as he stood squarely from Barao coming with surprise strikes and kicks.
Formerly, Barao initiated with knees and hooks however T.J’s impressive and connecting rights were an answer. T.J then puts in some high kicks and constantly keeps hitting body shots when in a clinch. T.J positively hurt Barao by the end of the second round with his combination of hooks and knees.
It was a spectacular and perfect end to the fight where T.J puts Barao off guard with a kick and continues raining combination of punches. Hooks, right hand, right hand, a left and then again a right and it goes on and on continuously each so heavy connecting Barao’s face as he stands in the corner trying to take the torture.Published 26 Jul 2015, 14:19 IST