Paid Members wandshogun09 Posted April 20 Paid Members Share Posted April 20 (edited) Sick of saying it now but we’re off to the Apex again for this 😡 it’s about the most ‘Apex’ looking card you can imagine as well… ESPN MAIN CARD Song Yadong vs Ricky Simon Caio Borralho vs Michal Oleksiejczuk Cody Brundage vs Rodolfo Vieira Julian Erosa vs Fernando Padilla Waldo Cortes-Acosta vs Marcos Rogerio De Lima Josh Quinlan vs Trey Waters ESPN+/FIGHT PASS PRELIMS Jake Collier vs Martin Buday Cody Durden vs Charles Johnson Stephanie Egger vs Irina Alekseeva Journey Newson vs Marcus McGhee Hailey Cowan vs Jamey-Lyn Horth Weak as piss. I mean, there is some stuff worth checking in for and I do actually like that main event. But on the whole, as a complete card it’s thinner than Clay Guida’s hairline. That’s the bout order as it stands but, let’s be honest, however they shuffle this one it’s not gonna look much better. Can’t polish a turd etc. Song Yadong vs Ricky Simon is your new 5 round main event. These two were originally supposed to meet a week earlier but when the Tsarukyan vs Moicano headliner dropped off this one, they did a reshuffle and moved Song and Simon here. I don’t hate it. It was my ‘one to watch’ when it was on the other card, I was looking forward to it then. Now they’ve got an extra couple of rounds to play with and that’s no bad thing. Song’s coming off that doctor stoppage loss against Cory Sandhagen back in September. It was a really good fight and Song was certainly competitive but that horrific gash on the eyebrow and the orbital damage just forced the doctor’s hand. It was a good call. He was losing the fight anyway and for a young fighter of 25 years old, live to fight another day. He was on a nice little run before that loss. Knocked out Marlon Moraes and Julio Arce, took a points win off Chito Vera in 2020 in a cracking fight etc. He’s good. He hasn’t quite lived up to the hype some were putting on him when he first came in. I remember Urijah Faber especially bigging him up like fuck back then. But he would with Song being a Team Alpha Male prospect at the time. He’s still got some time. I’m not convinced he gets to that next level and succeeds there but he’s good enough that he’ll have his moments and there are plenty of fun fights to make with him. This being one of them. I’ve felt like Ricky Simon has been a tad underrated for a bit now. And funnily enough in this case, I think it mostly stems from his 2019 loss to Song’s mentor Faber. That wasn’t a good look for Simon. Not that there’s any shame in losing to a legend and pioneer like Faber but the timing of it wasn’t the best. Simon was coming off a win and a really strong performance against Rani Yahya and had also submitted Merab Dvalishvili (forgot about that one!), and here came Old Man Faber, coming out of retirement to just blitz Simon in under a minute. Simon then lost to Rob Font and I think everyone kind of dismissed and wrote him off after that. He’s been on a roll since though. He’s won his last 5 in a row, including a knockout win over Raphael Assuncao and a submission win last summer over Jack Shore. The Shore win really stood out because Shore was unbeaten going in and big things were expected of him. Simon bursting that bubble turned a lot of heads. This’ll be his first ever UFC main event and if he can beat Song here, it should bag him something juicy next time out. I really like this fight. Happy for them getting the headline spot as well, despite it not being the plan initially. I can see there being some moaning about it as a main event but it’s way better than a good percentage of the shit we’ve been subjected to at the Apex. Caio Borralho vs Michal Oleksiejczuk is ***WAND’S ONE TO WATCH*** this time. Not exactly spoiled for choice on this card. I do like this matchup though. The UFC brass definitely seem high on Borralho. He came in last year off DWCS and immediately got two Fight Night co-main event spots. And here he is again co-headlining. He looks like he’s got some potential, to be fair. He’s 13-1-0-1 and 3-0 in the UFC so far. I remember him looking like a bit of a beast in his debut against Omargadzhiev but it ended on a technical decision after an illegal knee. Not ideal. His wins over Petrosyan and Muradov were decent but forgettable. I get the feeling we haven’t seen the best of him yet though. Oleksiejczuk might be the man to bring that out of him because Oleksiejczuk is dangerous. He spent most of his career as a chubby 205er but he always had a dig on him. After a loss to Dustin Jacoby last year, he finally made the cut to 185 and he’s bashed up Sam Alvey and Cody Brundage with back-to-back first round finishes. I don’t think he’s going very far in the Middleweight division. His flaws are there whichever weight class he’s in. He’s an all or nothing type who will gas himself out trying to knock you out. You either survive and he fades, or you eat canvas. But he makes for entertaining viewing. I expect Borralho to go the grappling route here and it’ll probably pay off for him. But I’d like to see Oleksiejczuk ask some questions of him, put him in a bit of bother or something. Cody Brundage vs Rodolfo Vieira, like a lot of fights on this card, is just there filling a slot. It’s not a bad fight but it’s not one that’s jumping off the screen or getting anyone excited either. Brundage is 8-3 and got stopped in a round by Oleksiejczuk in his last fight in December. Before that he’d scored back-to-back first round finishes over Tresean Gore and Dalcha Lungiambula. Vieira’s 8-2 and has lost 2 of his last 3 against Chris Curtis and Anthony Hernandez. He’s one of the most decorated grapplers on the roster, a BJJ black-belt with medals coming out of his arse but it hasn’t been that smooth of a transition into MMA. It started well enough but it seems like he’s already found his level and it’s not particularly high. Think he just made the jump a tad late, to be honest. He’s 33 now so his skillset is what it is really. He’s not gonna be making any huge strides in the striking. This is a winnable fight for him but they’re both kind of floundering. Might be decent but I’m not counting the days or anything. Julian Erosa vs Fernando Padilla will be worth a gander. Erosa is the type who seems to be able to have at least a decent fight with anyone, win or lose. He’s 28-10 and coming off a TKO loss to Alex Caceres. Like pretty much everyone else on this card, he’s going nowhere but usually fairly consistently entertaining to watch. Just quickly looking at his record now, his fights with Steven Peterson and Sean Woodson immediately jumped out in my memory as proper hidden gems that a lot of people mightn’t know about. He’s also got a 56 second flying knee KO win over Nate Landwehr! Don’t know this Padilla sod. Sherdog tells me he’s Mexican, 26 years old and 14-4 with 12 finishes. This’ll be his UFC debut. He’s fought a few recognisable names already though. He submitted Darrick Minner back in 2017 and has decision losses to Dan Ige and Spike Carlyle. Interesting. Waldo Cortes-Acosta vs Marcos Rogerio De Lima is arse. De Lima’s been on the roster since 2014. NINE FUCKING YEARS! He did absolutely fuck all of note the first 7 or so. He has scored first round finishes over the ancient versions of Andrei Arlovski and Ben Rothwell in more recent times. Too late now though. Just can’t be doing with him. Maybe Cortes-Acosta can do something with him but I’m not holding my breath. He’s undefeated at 9-0 and has beat Jared Vanderaa and Chase Sherman since signing with the UFC. The fact he couldn’t finish either of them doesn’t fill me with hope and I fucking hated one of those fights. Think it was the Vanderaa one where Acosta kept taunting and dancing about in a fight that any real Heavyweight prospect of note would’ve treated like a squash match. Can see the fast forward button on my remote taking the biggest beating in this one. The fact this is on a main card, even an Apex main card, in 2023 is depressing. Josh Quinlan vs Trey Waters is a mystery now. I’m not that familiar with Quinlan and I’ve never seen Waters. It was supposed to be Quinlan vs Ange Loosa but Loosa pulled out. The one time I did see Quinlan, he made quite a first impression. He knocked out Jason Witt in just 2 minutes in his Octagon debut back in August. Looked good as I recall and it was cool seeing how calm and collected he was to stop himself landing that unnecessary follow up shot there as well. Just shows how relaxed he must’ve been, despite it being his debut, to have the presence of mind to do that with the adrenaline flowing. He’s undefeated at 6-0-0-1 so far. Waters jumps in on less than a week’s notice. He’s 7-1 with 6 finishes and he’s 6’5” which is big for Welterweight. His only loss to date was a submission against Gabriel Bonfim on DWCS in September. He bounced back in style by winning the LFA title in his last fight 2 weeks ago. Jake Collier vs Martin Buday…ugh 🤢 this is gonna be ugly. I’ve made no secret that I’ve got no time for Collier. He might be a nice guy for all I know but I only see him in the cage and there he’s a boring great big slug of a man. Honestly think the only time I’ve enjoyed watching him was his last fight and that’s only because he got walloped by Chris Barnett. Heavyweight is full of these type of shitehawks. It’s not just Collier, obviously. But he’s the go-to name I think of when the subject of crap, fat, lazy, dull HWs comes up. He embodies all that’s wrong with the division. Buday’s not much better either but he hasn’t been around as long so I haven’t sat through as many duds of his. He’s 11-1 with 8 finishes and coming off a big split decision win over Lukasz Brzeski! Cody Durden vs Charles Johnson isn’t doing much for me but I’m hoping Johnson chins him. Really don’t like Durden at all. Seemed a right cock in the buildup to the Mokaev fight last year and he’s said and tweeted some dodgy/racist stuff as well. Fuck him. That said, he’s not a bum. He’s beat Aori Qileng and JP Buys and in his last fight he spoiled the UFC debut of Carlos Mota, who was coming in with some buzz. He’s not a terrible fighter. He is a cunt though. Johnson is 13-4 and lost a split decision to Ode Osbourne in a good, close, competitive fight back in February. He battered Jimmy Flick before that and he did take Mokaev to the scorecards last summer. He certainly fared better against Mokaev than Durden did. Stephanie Egger vs Irina Alekseeva is a fight I’m kind of interested in and it’s not for Steph Ham & Egger. She’s 34 with an 8-3 record and she’s going nowhere. Very average. She’s submitted Jessica Rose Clark and Ailin Perez but that’s about as good as it’s getting for her. Alekseeva is making her debut here and I’m a tad intrigued. She’s 32 years old and 4-1 in MMA, nothing outstanding about that. She’s also a 3 time silver medalist at the Russian Judo Championships and has won gold medals in Sambo. In some circles she’s been nicknamed the ‘Russian Ronda’. Hopefully it’s just the Judo background they have in common. We’ll see how she looks here. Like I said, Egger isn’t much good but she’ll beat the bottom level girls. So we’ll at least see if Alekseeva is above that level here. Journey Newson vs Marcus McGhee is whatever. It’s a last minute patch up job because Brian Kelleher was pulled out with injury issues. Don’t know what’s gone on there but Kelleher seems like he wanted to fight but the UFC doctors wouldn’t clear him. McGhee steps in on a few days notice. I don’t know anything about him but a quick search tells me he’s 32 years old with a record of 6-1, all 6 wins by KO/TKO. If he’s any good he should probably be beating Newson but the short notice could be a bit of an x-factor. Newson’s been on the roster since 2019 and I couldn’t really give you any standout moments. He’s 10-4-0-1 and has only won 1 out of his 5 fights in the UFC. Hailey Cowan vs Jamey-Lyn Horth. Not a clue. Both are making their UFC debuts and I’ve never seen either fight before. Cowan’s had a few false starts. She’s had a couple of fights scheduled as her debut and they’ve fallen through. She’s 31 years old and 7-2 with 4 finishes. Fought exclusively in LFA in her first 7 fights, won one fight in Invicta last year then took a split decision win on DWCS in August. And that’s led her to the Octagon. Horth is Canadian, 33 years old and unbeaten at 5-0, all finishes. That’s that. Haven’t seen either and don’t know the names they’ve fought so going in completely blind. That’s me done. Edited April 29 by wandshogun09 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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