The Monday MMA Update is a weekly post covering all things mixed martial arts occurring the week prior. If you are a fan of human-on-human combat in any and all forms, you are in the right place.
UFC 249 Was Exactly What We Needed
Going off mostly without a hitch – more on that later – UFC 249 was exactly what we needed during these tough times. Don’t get it twisted, I’m not trying to take away from everyone who is on the frontlines risking their lives for others, obviously what they provide is much more important than entertainment, but I’m sure some of our medical professionals who are fight fans enjoyed the distraction that UFC 249 provided us.
UFC 249 was a pretty damn good night of fights that wasn’t always going 100 mph but never really let off the gas, either. Vicente Luque and Niko Price went to battle in what I considered the fight of the night in the first fight on the ESPN prelims. Up-and-coming featherweight Calvin Kattar bounced back from his November loss to Zabit Magomedsharipov with an impressive showing against 13-year UFC veteran Jeremy Stephens, finishing him with strikes in the second round. Francis Ngannou reminded us just how scary he is with his quick finish of previously undefeated Jairzinho Rozenstruik, and Justin Gaethje became the interim UFC lightweight champion when he finished Tony Ferguson in the fifth round of what was a dominant performance.
Complete official results here.
Jacare Tests Positive for COVID-19
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza was supposed to be taking on Uriah Hall on Saturday night but he actually tested positive for COVID-19 and was promptly removed from the card. This stirring news is a not-so-friendly reminder of the dangers that many warned about going into this event. Dana White and the UFC were criticized prior to the event for putting fighters at risk, and it’s hard to argue this as an epidemiologist points out some of the circumstances surrounding the positive test. Let’s hope for a speedy recovery for Jacare and hope that nobody who came in contact with him over the weekend contracts the virus.
UFC on ESPN+ 29 Happens Wednesday
Headlined by heavy-handed 205ers Anthony Smith and Glover Teixeira, the UFC is putting on their second event in less than a week as UFC on ESPN+ 29 is happening on Wednesday. Ovince St. Preux will also be making his heavyweight debut against Ben Rothwell in a matchup that is almost sure to produce some fireworks as well, in the co-main event.
As usual, an ESPN+ subscription is necessary to catch all the action live for American residents, for those of us in the great white north, we can catch the action live on TSN at 7 PM EST.
See ya next week.