CHICAGO, IL DECEMBER 10, 2022 JACOB DIETRICH
Upset Of The Evening: Christian Echols defeats Pat Downey by Knockout
That is the simplest award of the night time… At +900, I ought to have listened to our good friend, Ben “Large Tuna” Parrish, and positioned my cash on the underdog, Echols. Christian Echols was in management for the whole thing of the struggle for the brief period of time that they had been locked within the cage. It was fast, it was entertaining, and it most likely killed a number of parlays earlier than it had even began. This struggle that made a press release on a development that was closely dominated by betting underdogs profitable on the cardboard.
Efficiency Of The Evening: Patchy Combine defeats Magomed Magomedov by Guillotine Choke
Patchy Combine is not any joke. Patchy Combine was dominant and secured his spot because the challenger within the million greenback struggle between Raufeon Stots and himself within the grand prix championship. Patchy Combine rag-dolled Magomedov for this struggle earlier than in the end placing him to sleep when the decide felt his limp arm and stopped the struggle from getting worse. Spherical one was somewhat gradual however you would see Combine was feeling himself and was gaining momentum after which in spherical 2 Combine confirmed that he was one of the best bantamweight on this planet on that given day. I really don’t consider anybody weighing 135 lbs at any promotion would have had the abilities to beat Combine on December ninth.
Honorable Point out: I might say that if this struggle didn’t occur then a really shut second for me was Liz Carmouche defeating Juliana Velasquez to retain her title would have been the efficiency of the night time.
Struggle Of The Evening: Raufeon Stots defeats Danny Sabatello by Cut up Choice
Earlier than we go into the struggle, whoever scored this 50-45 must by no means decide once more. I did consider this struggle was extraordinarily shut however in the end this got here right down to the absent means to land any injury whereas Sabatello had Stots on the bottom. Sabatello’s wrestling was approach higher than Stots however in an MMA struggle, floor management time simply doesn’t at all times get it completed. Sabatello was out struck closely and most of the people had this struggle at 38-38 going into spherical 5. I rewatched the struggle this morning and one in every of my greatest takeaways was nook work. Mike Brown and American High Workforce are extremely prestigious to be round however what I discover not solely on this struggle however what was reiterated was that they appear to be unable to ignite a hearth of their fighters. We’ve seen this time and time once more. Going into spherical 5, they had been telling Sabatello “we don’t comprehend it may be 2-2” however within the opposing nook you’ve gotten Eric Nicksick yelling at Stots figuring out it’s 38-38 and that he wanted to win this struggle. Sabatello went into spherical 5 believing he received that struggle and we all know that as a result of he regarded a Mike Brown in disgust nearly feeling insulted that there might be perception he wasn’t up in these rounds. If I used to be teaching Sabatello, the very first thing I’m doing is placing him via a grueling couple weeks of muay thai or kickboxing as a result of he lacked these expertise on this struggle and it confirmed very a lot so. Danny went 4/19 on takedowns and for somebody who’s going to depend upon their wrestling means, that is going to be a significant situation in case you aren’t going to get a submission. If this teaching situation doesn’t enhance, we’re going to see extra athletes going the route of fellows like Colby Covington, Amanda Nunes, Kamaru Usman, and plenty of extra which might be leaving these mega gyms for extra specialised and particular person groups like MMA Masters or Trevor Wittman. All of the respect on this planet to Stots and Sabatello as they placed on a hell of a efficiency. After tonight, we’re going to be in for a deal with once we witness Patchy Combine and Raufeon Stots struggle for the bantamweight grand prix championship.