UFC Fight Night Takeaways – Close to Josh Emmett Gold, Kevin Holland shines as superstar

Fighting fans in Austin were treated to a full show Saturday night. The 12-match fighting card earned eight knockouts, equaling six other contests for the highest KO in a single event in the modern era. Rising stars like Joaquin Buckley, Gregory Rodriguez and Adrian Yanez made statements with finishes and put their sections on notice.

But the playoffs were not the main attraction for the main event and the co-main event. Kevin Holland looked impressive in his win over Tim Means in Co-Men, while Josh Emmett and Calvin Katar put on a stellar performance in five rounds of the main event. Emmet won, but where does this leave both fighters in the loaded featherweight division?

Brett Okamoto and Carlos Contreras Legaspi shared their UFC Fight Night breakdown.

Emmett deserves a title shot after Saturday, but if I look further, I don’t think this will be his next fight. It is not wrong to call the upper part of the segment ‘new blood’. Emmett – a 37-year-old who has never fought for a belt – would be interesting to see in this opportunity.

But on July 16, there is a big fight between Brian Ortega and Jair Rodriguez, which will affect Emmett’s future. Arnold Allen is still swimming around the top 5 and needs a big fight. And a big fight like Saturday, it’s not that kind Results Which puts Emmet in a very tight partition. I think he will have to fight one more time, be it Alan or Chan Sung Jung, who will not retire after the defeat against Alexander Volkanowski.

For skewers, it’s hard to swallow. Those divisive decisions can go both ways, and if you lose, it can mean a world of difference, especially on someone’s career path and your paycheck on a battle night. The effect of the two scorecards that went against Katar on Saturday will continue.

It is clear that he is still there with the big fights in the ward. Movsar Evloev is not a big name, but he is an emerging contender and will be a big battle to keep the UFC together. The same goes for Sodik Yusuf. They’ve come down for the dagger, but sometimes it happens when you’ve lost two of the three bouts and already fought many other competitors in the top 10. He may be looking for an offspring. – Brett Okamoto

Kevin Holland could graduate as a title challenger

By many different standards, Holland’s career so far has been a remarkable success. He is a fan favorite. He is very active. He has won some big matches. He has presented his main programs. That’s all well and good, isn’t it?

But so far, he has never been seen as a potential candidate for the title. He was more of a “fun card” guy than a serious title challenger, because he was making so many mistakes. At 185 pounds he was probably fighting in the wrong weight class and his takedown defense was poor. Such people do not move forward to win the title.

However, Holland we saw on Saturday was different. This Hollande seems to be coming into his own, and the improvements he has made are clear. He doesn’t have the shiny hole he used in his takedown defense – and he really does believe. Why? Because after his victory on Saturday, he knocked out Sean Brady, one of the most physical wrestlers in the division. I must say, Old Holland was fun, but this version is more exciting. And this man’s ceiling suddenly looks too high. , Okamoto

Gregory Rodriguez shows ‘no emotions’ while earning a name in middleweight

“RoboCop” deserves a little respect for his name, and it’s hard to deny that he took over Julian Marquez at the beginning of his UFC career.

The 30-year-old Brazilian now holds a 3-1 UFC record, his only defeat to Armen Petrosyan in a split decision last February. The former Legacy Fighting Alliance middleweight champion has become a fighter with real knockout power from the threat of submission early in his career, as he has outscored his opponents in six of his last nine victories. Rodriguez was inspired by the sold-out crowd in Austin, which he experienced for the first time in his UFC career, and he was brutal with his blows from the start of the fight.

Before his fight on Saturday, he was asked about his thoughts before a fight with Marquez, who has earned performance bonuses in three of his last four games.

“I’m scheduled to go there on Saturday, no emotion,” Rodriguez said during a media day. “I’m not thinking of anyone, just thinking of winning and doing my job.”

Rodriguez has worked in his first year at the UFC and if he continues to fight with strength and an entertaining style, he is likely to face a major struggle in the near future. – Legaspi

Adrian Yanez is a competitor in the rankings

Adrian Yanez, 28, of Houston, performed in front of a crowd of Texas fans. Yanez is one of the best boxers in the bantamweight division and he showed his strength with a first round knockout on Tony Kelly.

Yanez holds a 6-0 UFC record, including his first match in Dana White’s Contender Series, from which he signed a contract. Five of the six fights under promotion have ended in a knockout, as his ability to work from afar and inside has outpaced his rivals.

Kelly was an interesting challenge for him, the advantage of reaching out and the southern position forced him to remove Yanez. Moreover, Kelly embarked on a battle to lose 1.5 pounds, which led some to wonder if the extra weight would be beneficial. Kelly did not have much success at first, but eventually was overwhelmed by Yenez’s pressure and punching accuracy.

After losing his coach Saul Solis, Yanez has converted to a new camp and has recently been training with Aljamen Sterling, gaining much praise from the reigning champions. This performance should put the top 15 people in the department on notice. – Legaspi

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