UFC 191 Results
UFC 191 was a night of memorable fights, some combatants cementing their place as the best in the world and others confirmed that they are past relevance.
Demetrious Johnson belongs to the first category defeating John Dodson and securing his eighth title defense, tying with Jon Jones and putting him in third behind Georges St. Pierre with nine and Anderson Silva at ten.
In each of the full twenty-five minutes of combat Johnson controlled the action. His footwork and timing left Dodson blinking, unable to land just about any strikes of note. Dodson did show excellent takedown defense, stuffing four out of fourteen of what Johnson threw at him.
Johnson continually landed a straight right hand, fired quickly and precisely from his chin and remained completely elusive. His striking was dominant, but there wasn’t any time in the fight where it appeared that he might finish his opponent.
While some have already called Johnson out for being a “boring fighter”, I can’t help but wonder how much they appreciate a true technical master like Johnson. He’s a fighter that will go down in the record books as one of the most complete and dynamic fighters in UFC history.
What could have been the fight of the night, Frank Mir vs Andre Arlovski, turned out to be a major disappointment.
Both fighters have made tremendous comebacks late in their careers after having been written off as has-beens or simply on their way out for years.
Frank Mir looked the heaviest he ever has in the cage, and while this doesn’t necessarily mean that a fighter is out of shape (heavyweight fighters have much more variance in their body composition than other weight classes) it’s unusual for Mir. It did seem to indicate that he was not in his usual state of conditioning.
Mir didn’t show the much-improved striking that had led to his last two impressive wins via knockout, instead looking slow and sluggish.
Arlovski didn’t look much better in his performance, despite having a more impressive physique. He too appeared to be slow and tentative, quickly seeming to tire. Arlovski got the better of the striking game overall in the fight, landing more strikes than his opponent but never got close to finishing Mir despite the fact that Mir never mounted a credible offense.
After the fight, Arlovski said that “I’m disappointed that it went three rounds, but it’s a victory, it’s good. I definitely underestimated him.”
In the end the judges called it a unanimous decision for Andre Arlovski, though with that kind of performance he is going to have a tough time making a case for his receiving a shot at the heavyweight title.
What can be said about the career of Anthony “Rumble” Johnson other than, “wow?” Not much.
He was facing a dangerous opponent in Jimi Manuwa, a fighter who has nearly the same number of wins via KO that Johnson has.
However, Manuwa’s striking proficiency didn’t come into play as Johnson took him down early in the first round and began to punish him with dominating ground and pound striking. Manuwa didn’t seem to know what to do in that position, mounting next to no offense from his guard.
The second round proceeded much like the first, with Johnson taking Manuwa down and continuing the beating. The referee eventually saw enough and called an end to the fight at 4:31 of the 2nd round, giving Johnson the TKO victory.
Although it was on the undercard Francisco Rivera vs John Lineker was probably the most exciting fight of the night.
Both fighters came out swinging, with Lineker quickly tagging Rivera and knocking him back to the fence. Throwing caution to the wind, Lineker rushed in for the kill, trading blows with Rivera in a wild exchange.
If you squinted hard enough, it would look like the finish from the explosive TJ Dillashaw vs Renan Barao fight from UFC on Fox 16. However, Lineker showed none of the technical proficiency that the bantamweight champion displayed, absorbing several powerful blows from Rivera in the process.
He did manage to keep up the pressure and force the submission from Rivera via Guillotine choke. While it looked wild, Lineker stated that “I wanted to get in there and just swing away. That’s what I like to do, it happened exactly how I wanted it to.”
If Lineker wants to climb the rankings and make a run at the title, he’s going to need to show some greater precision and a bit more caution when he runs up against anyone in the top ten in the bantamweight division.
- Demetrious Johnson vs John Dodson – Winner: Demetrious Johnson – Unanimous Decision, Rd 5
- Andre Arlovski vs Frank Mir – Winner: Andre Arlovski – Unanimous Decision, Rd 3
- Anthony Johnson vs Jimi Manuwa – Winner: Anthony Johnson – TKO, Rd 2
- Jan Blachowicz vs Corey Anderson – Winner: Corey Anderson – Unanimous Decision, Rd 3
- Paige Vanzant vs Alex Chambers – Winner: Paige Vanzant – Submission, Rd 3
- Ross Pearson vs Paul Felder – Winner: Ross Pearson – Split Decision, Rd 3
- Francisco Rivera vs John Lineker – Winner: John Lineker – Submission, Rd 1
- Jessica Andrade vs Raquel Pennington – Winner: Raquel Pennington – Submission, Rd 2
- Clay Collard vs Tiago Trator – Winner: Tiago Trator – Split Decision, Rd 3
- Joe Riggs vs Ron Stallings – Winner: Joe Riggs – KO, Rd 2
- Joaquim Silva vs Nazareno Malegarie – Winner: Nazareno Malegarie – Split Decision, Rd 3