UFC's latest outing to Mexico City is in the books, an event that served as somewhat of a warm-up in preparation for this weekend's UFC 205. There wasn't much for show or up for grabs in this one. The main event was a solid contest marked by two of the top of their class in the lightweight division, but the rest of the card was middling at best. A solid strech of finishes dotted the FS1 preliminary card, always good, but the downside is that the events have to fill an alotted amount of time. The end result was a replay of the Sam Alvey - Alex Nicholson scrap and an unnecessary number of UFC 205 promos. On the main card, Alexa Grasso won in her promotional debut against Heather Jo Clark, Beneil Dariush claimed the victory over Rashid Magomedov, and Martin Bravo became the new TUF Latin America champion. Here's a quick shotgun look at the three big fights from the main card.
Tony Ferguson Outstrikes RDA
Keeping tracking of records is becoming a daunting task. For example, following his unanimous decision loss to Tony Ferguson, former lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos is now 25-9 overall, 14-6 in the UFC, 1-2 post-USADA, and 0-1 since leaving King's MMA. What does all of this mean? Not much. MMA math is weird, but there has been a definite downward trend in RDA's performance since he won the title and began frequent USADA testing. RDA still did enough to win two of the five rounds in the eyes of all three judges. Though the fight was closer than the commentary for the fight suggested, it wasn't enough to threaten Ferguson. He did well in the opening rounds but wasn't able to hold on as the fight progressed.
Ferguson improves to 22-3 with the win and secured his spot at the top of the 155 pound pile. He is still behind undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov in terms of ranking, but it's easy to see Ferguson in title contention at some point in 2017 with the win.
Diego Sanchez Still Swinging
Diego Sanchez may not win the big fights anymore, but he still shows a fighting spirit as strong as ever when he steps in the cage. His recent losses came against top guys like Ricardo Lamas, Gilbert Melendez, and Joe Lauzon. He has beaten Ross Pearson, Jim Miller, and last night stopped the momentum of the UFC debut of Polish standout Marcin Held.
Ricardo Lamas Still Top 5 Material
Ricardo Lamas returned with a dominating win over a BJJ phenom that clocked in almost a full weight class above the agreed upon limit for the fight. With a dominating performance capped by a submission, Lamas proved that he's still one of the best featherweights around.