UFC 213 Recap
Well that was uneventful... Fight day started with the news that Amanda Nuñes, the current Women's Bantamweight title holder and half of the main event, was ill and would not be able to compete. There is some conflict here as apparently she was medically cleared but “didn't feel well”. I can't claim to know her thought process but for those saying that she is “scared”, I have to ask, really? This is a woman who's whole life has been dominated by fighting other people, I don't think fear is a factor. There was a rumor floating that current Women's Strawweight Champ, Joanna Jędrzejczyk, wanted to step in for Nuñes in an attempt to salvage the card. UFC President Dana White spoke about it and said he didn't want it to happen. Additionally, the Nevada State Athletic Commission, would've most likely nixed the fight. Nuñes vs Shevchenko will have to wait.
Now to recap. I was 1-2 in my picks. Not good, just like the quality of the card. Every fight seemed to trudge along, and trudge they did, all the way to four straight decisions. Ugh.
Pettis vs Miller
As expected, another Jim Miller fight went to decision. I thought that Miller looked solid against the higher ranked Pettis, but solid isn't enough to get the win. Pettis got back to form with the decision victory, at times showing why he is Anthony “Showtime” Pettis with some entertaining strikes including some switch kicks and spinning backsfists. The fight was essentially over when Pettis took over in the second round, at one point literally standing up out of Millers guard and landing some strikes while Miller remained on his back. I thought this was one of the more entertaining fights of the night.
Werdum vs Overeem
What started as a pretty tame fight opened up in the third when Werdum landed a knee on Overeem and sent him to the mat. Looking to capitalize immediately, Werdum went for the guillotine choke which Overeem slipped out of. The rest of round three had Werdum maintaining top position and landing the most strikes of the night. Joe Rogan really did a number on the UFC scoring system in his commentary, and this fight is exhibit A as to why the “ten point must” system needs to go. Overeem won the uneventful first two rounds while Werdum poured it on in the third with a dominating performance. Overeem taking two rounds in dull fashion was enough to secure him a victory here in what was a disappointing outcome for fight fans and Fabricio.
Omielanczuk vs Blaydes
I'm going to keep this short. This fight was a dud and my efforts in even typing these two names feels like a slight to myself. Blaydes won in a decision.
Romero vs Whittaker
This fight became the main event of the evening and was somewhat worth the wait. Whittaker did a really good job keeping Romero off of him, avoiding multiple takedowns, and keeping the fight mostly on the feet. In the first, Romero did some visible damage to Whitaker's right leg which the fighter later mentioned was a problem. As Whittaker continued to fight off attempted takedowns, he started to tee off against the visibly fatigued Romero. Romero fished the fight with only 22% accuracy on his takedowns, something I would think he was banking on to take this one. From the third round on, Whittaker showed that he was the better striker and fresher fighter, landing 77 strikes to Romero's 55. The fight went to a decision with Whittaker taking a close unanimous decision taking the interim Middleweight Title and setting up a future date with champ Michael Bisping.
The real icing on this lackluster UFC cake came when Bisping entered the cage after the bout and attempted to berate Whittaker for having a “fake” belt. It looked like something out of the WWE and had all of the people I was watching with groaning and rolling their eyes. Keep that stuff out of UFC, Mike.
Until next time, thanks for reading!