UFC Fight Night at the Apex in Las Vegas Saturday evening lost a bit of its bite when the Holly Holm bout against Irene Aldana was canceled after the latter tested positive for COVID-19.
Even then, a lot went down in the desert as the UFC returned stateside. Jennifer Maia made a huge statement against the heavily favored Joanne Calderwood. Meanwhile, Edmen Shahbazyan lost in upset fashion to Derek Brunson in the main event.
These are among the biggest winners and losers from UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas.
Winner: Jamall Emmers earns first UFC victory
MASSIVE KNEES TO THE BODY!
Emmers isn’t messing around. #UFCVegas pic.twitter.com/0MXhS8kFAp
— UFC (@ufc) August 1, 2020
It was back in March that Emmers lost his debut at this level during UFC 248. It was controversial in that the California native lost to Giga Chikadze via split decision. Needless to say, the 31-year-old Emmers needed a win against Vince Cachero in Vegas Saturday night to find himself on the radar of the powers to be.
That’s exactly what happened in a bout that concluded with Emmers winning via unanimous decision. He absolutely dominated Cachero throughout the fight, landing 103 significant strikes compared to 76. Emmers also took down Cachero five times compared to zero. It culminated in his first ever UFC victory.
Loser: UFC fans wanting to see Holly Holm
The obvious backdrop to Saturday night’s slate in Vegas included the main event being canceled after Irene Aldana tested positive for COVID-19. It was expected to be a potential No. 1 contender fight for Aldana, who had won each of his previous two bouts. Holm was also looking to get back into the championship conversation in the Bantamweight division after losing to current champ Amanda Nunes in UFC 239 last July.
The bout would have pitted the No. 2-ranked Holm against an up-and-coming Aldana. Alas, it was not to be. This isn’t great given the fact that the UFC went off without a hitch at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi over the past couple months. It’s first event stateside since and was marred by the ongoing pandemic plaguing the United States.
Winner: Jonathan Martinez with violent knock out
Following a loss to Andre Ewell at UFC 247 back in February, Martinez needed a win over Frankie Saenz Saturday night in Vegas. Pretty much out of the gate, it was clear that the Texas native was on a mission. Martinez landed 40 more significant strikes than his counterpart, brutalizing Saenz in every possible way.
When it looked like Martinez was headed for a unanimous decision victory, he decided that a knockout was in the cards. Early in Round 3, Martinez used a combination of kicks and punches to knock Saenz out. It represented potentially the biggest win of Martinez’s career.
Loser: Chris Gutierrez and Cody Durden
Both of these Bantamweight fighters entered Saturday’s event on winning streaks. For Durden, it represented the first bout of his UFC career after winning each of his …read more