UFC Charlotte: Souza vs Brunson Recap


Jacare Souza vs Derek Brunson

Souza defeats Brunson via KO (first round)

I guess theres no trilogy here. Souza finished Brunson for the second time in six years. Brunson has a problem getting crazy in his fights but I don’t think that was necessarily the problem here. Souza was throwing massive body kicks for the first three minutes of the fight, eventually slipping in a tricky head kick that took him down. It was attentiveness that let Brunson down. Although his impatience probably got his head inattentive.

Anyway, Derek was cocky before the fight and the crowd was booing Souza as he walked in so watching him win by KO was pretty satisfying.

 

Andre Fili vs Dennis Bermudez

Fili defeats Bermudez via Split Decision

I was worried about this fight before it began. Andre Fili can be a pretty boring fighter. He is really tall and has long limbs for the featherweight division, which can mean jabs and failed takedowns for 15 minutes. Luckily, tonight was one of his better fights. He kept distance for a lot of the first two rounds, but kept striking and taking risks and he even threw in a couple diving takedowns. Bermudez brought the heat in the third round and landed some surprising strikes for a guy that much smaller than his opponent. I found myself hoping Bermudez would finish Fili in that last round, but Fili rightfully won the decision. Lets hope in his next fights, Fili goes all fucking crazy like Brunson does.

 

Gregor Gillespie vs Jordan Rinaldi

Gillespie defeats Rinaldi via TKO (first round)

I’m surprised at how this fight went. I’m not too familiar with either opponent but I knew going into the fight that Rinaldi was brown belt in BJJ. Usually that means the guys a wizard against someone untrained in the art. Gillespie obviously doesn’t feel the same because he took Rinaldi down very quickly and absolutely dominated him. Gregor does have a strong wrestling background and it showed. I’m doing what all the generic UFC headlines are telling me to do and I’m getting excited to see this guy in the future.

 

Drew Dober vs Frank Camacho

Dober defeats Camacho via unanimous decision

Definitely deserving of fight of the night. This was a great brawl, but a little controversial. Dober came out slightly ahead when standing in each round, but Camacho got at least one takedown in each round and dominated when they were on the ground. I scored this fight Camacho and I’m sticking by that. Even the commentators were saying the judges decisions were weird. Either way the fight was great and Drew Dober has an interesting Muay Thai style. There were multiple times that I thought the fight was about to get finished. Go watch it people.

 

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