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UFC Vegas: Ladd vs Dumont - Oct 16 🇺🇸


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Card of the year here…

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Aspen Ladd vs Norma Dumont 

Andrei Arlovski vs Carlos Felipe 

Jim Miller vs Erick Gonzalez 

Manon Fiorot vs Mayra Bueno Silva 

Julian Marquez vs Jordan Wright 

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Andrew Sanchez vs Bruno Silva 

Danny Roberts vs Ramazan Emeev 

Lupita Godinez vs Luana Carolina 

Ludovit Klein vs Nate Landwehr 

Batgerel Danaa vs Brandon Davis 

Ariane Carnelossi vs Istela Nunes 

 

Yeah. No comment. 
 

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Aspen Ladd vs Norma Dumont is your 5 round main event. Smashing! It was meant to be Holly Holm vs Dumont which frankly wouldn’t have been much better, but at least Holm’s a former champion, I guess. Ladd was supposed to fight Macy Chiasson the other week but the fight got binned on the eve of the show when Ladd showed up looking like a corpse on the scales and couldn’t make the 135lb limit for Bantamweight. Well, 136 actually because it was a non-title fight. She looked absolutely fucked.

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Always worrying to see that but in Ladd’s case, she copped a fair bit of flack on social media, and not just from fans either. Miesha Tate had a pop at her and had a little back and forth with Ladd’s coach about it. I read something about Ladd talking a bit of shite about Chiasson going in as well, I didn’t see it but if she did that’s probably part of the reason for the backlash she got as well. Regardless, I’m glad to see she’s fighting at 145 this time. Hopefully she stays there. Dumont’s also had her issues making weight in the past. Looking at her record it says she only missed weight once but I could swear there’s been more than that. Maybe a fight got cancelled or something because she couldn’t make 135. It’s definitely been more than a one-off issue. As for the fight itself, not a clue how it goes. Ladd was looking like a bit of a prospect at one time but the layoff with the knee injury and now the weight missing have really put a downer on things. And Dumont has looked quite average the few times I’ve seen her. She did move up to Featherweight herself last time out and managed to beat Felicia Spencer though. I don’t know, maybe there’s better to come from both now they’re not persisting with the weight cut they clearly struggle with.

I don’t even hate the fight itself, and at least Ladd isn’t trying to make Bantamweight again. This would be a completely logical fight booking, as a prelim or opening a Fight Night main card or something. As a headliner though, it’s the shits, there’s no getting around it. Hopefully it exceeds expectations but expectations are rock bottom. If it somehow falls short then we’re really in for something rancid.

 

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Andrei Arlovski vs Carlos Felipe. I’d have whacked this into the main event spot, to be honest. Yeah, it’d still be weak as piss as a headliner but there’s always a bit of morbid curiosity where the Heavyweights are concerned and at least it’s got Arlovski in it. He’s 42 years old and running on fumes now but he’s still a former champ and he’s got more name value than Ladd and Dumont combined. Felipe’s actually been a lot of fun to watch so far as well, in fairness to the big lummox. He’s only 26 years old, has a record of 11-1 with 6 knockouts and had a right slobberknocker with Justin Tafa in January that I loved. Wasn’t pretty technically but it was just two big fat sods knocking lumps out of each other for 15 minutes. Quite like Felipe.

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This is a biggish opportunity for him. Beating Arlovski doesn’t mean as much these days as it once did but it’s still a nice scalp for any young Heavyweight’s record. Arlovski’s still been beating the likes of Tanner Boser, Chase Sherman and Philipe Lins. You still have to have a bit about you to beat him. This’ll be his 54th MMA fight and he’s been at it since 1999, when Felipe was 4 years old. He’s not as exciting to watch as he used to be but he also doesn’t get knocked out every other fight anymore either. He fights a bit smarter now and he’s obviously got so much experience. Not sure how it goes, just not sure how good Felipe is yet. But I’m hoping it’s a good scrap at least. Always a lottery with the Heavies though.

 

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Jim Miller vs Erick Gonzalez. Always got time for a Jim Miller fight. I was in attendance for his UFC debut in Birmingham all the way back in 2008 and I’ve been a fan ever since. His bloodbath with Joe Lauzon in 2012 is still one of my favourite Lightweight fights ever to this day. And his kneebar submission on Charles Oliveira hasn’t aged badly at all. He’s 38 now and he’s had his losses, he’s coming off 2 here. But any card is improved by him being on it, in my opinion. Don’t know Gonzalez. Looking him up he’s 29 with a 14-5 record and has fought a bunch in Combate Americas.

 

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Manon Fiorot vs Mayra Bueno Silva. Like the sound of this. Fiorot has quickly established herself as a newcomer well worth keeping an eye on. She made her Octagon debut in January and has already gone 2-0 in the UFC, bashing up Victoria Leonardo and Tabatha Ricci in a manner you don’t usually see from Flyweight women. She looks huge for the weight as well. She’s 7-1 now with 6 finishes and her only loss was a split decision in her MMA debut against Leah McCourt. Not sure how far she can go but she’s looking like trouble so far. Time will tell but she could potentially be someone, along with Tatiana Suarez, who could make the Flyweight landscape more interesting down the road. Just need to see her get a bit of a sterner test and this fight should provide that. Silva doesn’t seem to be anything special but she’s better than Fiorot’s last two victims. She’s 7-1-1 with submission wins over Gillian Robertson and Mara Romero Borella. Nothing earth shattering but I’m interested to see if she can get the grappling going against Fiorot here, and how Fiorot handles it.

 

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Julian Marquez vs Jordan Wright isn’t grabbing me but I don’t know why. Marquez has been fairly consistently fun to watch in the UFC. If you fancy watching an under the radar forgotten gem of a fight, you could do a lot worse than sticking Marquez’s fight with Darren Stewart from 2017 on. He’s submitted Maki Pitolo and Sam Alvey in his last two as well, and even managed to shout out a Valentines Day message to Miley Cyrus live during a post-fight interview, and got a response on Twitter. And Wright is 12-1-1 and, win or lose, he’s never been to a decision. He’s not exactly dull. There’s a reason they’ve positioned this as the main card opener. It’ll probably be entertaining, it’s just not doing it for me for whatever reason.

 

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Andrew Sanchez vs Bruno Silva. I’ll check this out just to see Silva back in there. 20-6 with 17 knockouts, including a first round blitzing of Alexander Shlemenko on a M-1 card in 2018. He made his UFC debut in June and…

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…and splattered Wellington Turman’s head into the mat with some of the nastiest ground and pound I’d seen in a long fucking time. Brutal. Could be off the mark here but I can’t see Sanchez ending this fight vertical. He’s had some alright showings over the years but anytime he’s come up against someone really dangerous he tends to get overwhelmed. And although it’s early days in the UFC for Bruno Silva, I think he might be too much of a Rottweiler for Sanchez to keep at bay.

 

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Danny Roberts vs Ramazan Emeev. Might be alright. I remember thinking Roberts was one of the more promising UK fighters coming up a few years ago but his progress has stalled big time. He’s 17-5 and he’s had his ups and downs but he’s one of those guys I watch and think he has the potential to do so much better than his win/loss record suggests. He’s been inactive now since late 2019 though. He spent 2020 battling injuries and here we are in late 2021 and he’s only just coming back. Shame because his last fight was the highlight win and performance of his career to date.

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He absolutely waffled Zelim Imadaev, in Russia no less, with a peach of a left hook right on the jaw. One of the cleanest one punch knockouts I’ve seen in the UFC. Just beautiful. That should’ve been the performance that finally got the ball rolling for him but he’s been gone ever since and now he’s having to start over from scratch again. Emeev doesn’t do much for me as an opponent though. He’s got a respectable 20-4 record with some decent wins scattered throughout but he’s just one of those guys whose fights come and go and never grab me. He’s got 10 finishes on his record but they all came in the first half of his career when he was fighting nobodies in Russia. In the UFC he’s been a decision merchant, I’ve seen a bunch of them and couldn’t tell you a thing about them. He’s one of those fighters. Could be a tricky and frustrating one for Roberts coming off such a long time out though.

 

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Lupita Godinez vs Luana Carolina. This was meant to be Carolina against Sijara Eubanks but Eubanks is out with COVID just days before the show. This is definitely an improvement for me. I’ve never rated Eubanks anyway and I’m liking what we’ve seen of ‘Loopy’ Godinez so far.

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When she signed with the UFC a few months back I remember the reaction was positive and there seemed to be some high expectations on her. Her UFC debut went tits up though, she lost a split decision to Jessica Penne but she had her moments and she had taken it on short notice. She fared much better in her second trip to the Octagon, submitting Silvana Gomez Juarez in a round with ease. That was this past Saturday. And here she is again, going up a weight class to take another short notice fight. You’ve got to admire it. She’s also making history here as being the first fighter ever in the UFC to fight twice within 7 days. Obviously that’s not counting the one night tournaments in the SEG days but still. Carolina is 7-2 and coming off a split decision over Poliana Botelho. I only remember her as the woman on the bad end of an Ariane Lipski kneebar though. It’d be cool if Loopy got another win here. I don’t recall thinking much of Carolina but Godinez not just stepping in last minute but also going up in weight to do so is risky. 

 

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Ludovit Klein vs Nate Landwehr is ***WAND’S ONE TO WATCH*** on this card. I know it’s a thin card but this genuinely a really fun fight on paper. Slovakian Klein is 26 years old, 17-3 with 16 finishes. An equal mix of KOs and subs. Bunch of headkick finishes on his record as well. He lost on points to Mike Trizano last time out but he wiped out Shane Young, with another headkick, in his UFC debut before that. And Landwehr’s a madman. Not without his flaws and he’s gone 1-2 so far in the UFC, and was knocked out in both losses. But he’s got an exciting style, shades of early Clay Guida for me, and he brings it. Against a dangerous striker like Klein that might be a recipe for disaster but we’ll see how it plays out. I’m expecting a frantic pace here though for however long it lasts.

 

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Ariane Carnelossi vs Istela Nunes. Don’t know either really. I’ve seen a couple of Carnelossi’s fights. One she got stopped by Angela Hill on a doctor stoppage after being cut by an elbow. The other was her last fight and it was a really fun prelim scrap with Na Liang, which she won by TKO. She’s 13-2 overall now with 10 finishes. Don’t recall ever seeing Nunes before. She’s 6-1-0-1 and her only loss was to Angela Lee on a ONE card in 2017. Hasn’t fought since 2018 though. Seems a bit of an odd signing really.


And THAT is this week’s card. 

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There's really very little to get excited about there. Bruno Silva. Klein Vs Landwehr. That's about it really. Some of these cards in the second half of this year have been really weak. It hasn't helped that the best looking one on paper, Santos Vs Walker, didn't particularly deliver on the night either.

I expect to be hibernating in bed most of this weekend following my third Covid jab/Flu Vaccine double whammy on Friday, and even then I'm not sure I'll get round to watching this one. I'll have to see how hard up I am for excitement. 

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Slight improvement to the prelims. Sijara Eubanks is out, Lupita Godinez is stepping in. Just days after fighting on the Dern vs Rodriguez card this past Saturday. I’ve redone that bit of the opening post but for those who can’t be arsed to scroll up, this’ll be the first time (not counting the tournament days in the SEG era) that a fighter will have competed twice in a 7 day span. 

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Interesting.

Didn’t realise Kayla Harrison was entering free agency soon. The UFC badly need Featherweight women if they’re gonna keep that division around. Harrison is still pretty unproven but would give the 145 division a much needed boost. No doubt Bellator will be making a play for her as well though because they’re in the same position with a lack of challengers for Cyborg as the UFC are with Nunes. 

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