UFC on ESPN 7
Three weeks without a fight night and the card we had to come back to looked decrepit. Dana White, Sean Shelby, and Mick Maynard know what the hell they are doing. I’m one to say that the underrated fights put on the best shows, and they delivered tonight.
If you read HTMCombatCorner pre-fight pickets, you could’ve had a +375 parlay on Bryce Mitchell, Joe Soleki, and Aspen Ladd. That was free money. If you bet on individual fighters, you could’ve went 9-1 with 2 draws. Not a bad night of paydays.
The night started off with a couple of unknowns putting on a show. Then we get to Bryce Mitchell. The Thugnasty Kid from Arkansas Pulls off a Twister Submission. This is the second time in UFC history that was pulled off.
Aspen Ladd, who is rebounding from a devastating loss to Germaine De Randamie, looked as if she was fighting not to lose. She won rounds one and two, in my opinion. Her coach stepped in the cage for round three, and yelled at her like she’s two 0-2 on the cards and has to finish to win. It was an inspiring speech to watch. It clearly sparked Aspen, as the first punch she landed in round three sat her opponent straight down. Ladd finished her opponent shortly after.
Alistair Demogorgon Overeem
The main event featured Alistair Overeem and Jairzinho Rozenstruik. Alistair, who has all the experience in the world, faced off a relatively unknown in Rozenstruik. The fight went as expected. Alistair controlled 24 minutes and 56 seconds of the fight he had won. That was until he was hit with a right hook that opened up the nastiest cut I’ve ever seen in UFC history. Robbie Lawyer had the same type of split lip in his second fight with Rory McDonald. This one trumps it by a lot. The slo-mo highlights make your skin crawl as you see the power of the right hook split his lip open.