Last night (Saturday, December 4, 2021), the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was still taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada for UFC Vegas 44. After a rare weekend break, the UFC returns with another Vengeance, action matches between top-down talent athletes. Even canceling the last second or two couldn’t hurt the dynamics of the night, not when Jose Aldo hit the card in a solid match against Rob Font.
Let’s take a look back at the best performances and techniques:
Aldo the Undying
Jose Aldo did it again, sending a talented front-runner in his prime, someone armed with the correct game plan to defeat the “King of Rio.”
Rob Font tried really hard. He unleashed dozens and dozens of attacks, mixed in different settings and ranges. When things get tough, he never gives up on himself. Unfortunately, Aldo’s defense was still very tight, and while Font was too focused on hurting the Brazilian, Aldo found major openings for his right hand.
It’s hard to get through three knocks regardless of volume.
An interesting angle to consider: can Aldo reconcile boxing and low kicks? For two rounds, Font stretched his lead leg as he charged, and Aldo leaned only against the boxing counter. Only after his trainer begged him to cut off his leg did Aldo do so…and it worked INSTANTLY! It’s unbelievable! Font was suddenly much more wary to step forward, even more hesitant than he had been in his previous kill.
If he is to win the title back, Aldo must fully combine his various outstanding talents.
At one point or another, both Rafael Fiziev and Brad Riddell were head kickboxing coaches at Tiger Muay Thai, and they’ve definitely seen the section here!
In two rounds, these two showed off their kickboxing skills. Their clashes are set by blows and angles, but still have so much explosiveness and power. Both men are setting traps, compounding each other’s complexities and reacting fiercely to whatever the other has to offer. It was a highly competitive match, a beautiful hit – one of the best in MMA history!
Fiziev, which is a bit faster and looser, seems to have a slight edge when it comes to the final frame. However, he removed all doubt with a perfect wheel kick, putting a great exclamation point on a stellar game.
The best is yet to come
I wrote a whole piece about Clay Guida’s bad comeback win over Leonardo Santos, so check it out HERE!
Go for 48 seconds
Jimmy Crute tried to get started quickly, and it backfired almost immediately.
Trying to kick a longer man is reasonable, but Crute is also entering overhand serves, potentially trying to establish future knockdowns. Unfortunately for Aussie, Jamahal Hill didn’t need time to find his shot, scoring a knock-out against a pair of sharp checks.
Just like that, one of Light Heavyweight’s best prospects appeared and Hill returned to the winning column in STYLE!
Chris Curtis should have been in the UFC a few years ago, but he’s making up for lost time.
Last month, Curtis made a brief debut to finally secure his contract, and he casually knocked out Phil Hawes in the first round. Hawes is a talented prospect, but he’s shown some endurance issues in the past, so it shouldn’t be a complete shock.
Stopping Brendan Allen was a shock. “All In” is truly a top Mid-tier potential contender, a full-size and all-rounder for the division, an omnipresent finishing threat. Undeterred, Curtis stood up to Allen and exchanged big blows. Really, the deciding factor is the body shots.
“Action Man” continues to rip his left arm all the way to the middle. In the middle of this moment, Allen’s legs began to slow down, and the opportunity for his right hand to be crushed appeared. Here’s a note to remember: Curtis won 6-0 in 2021!
Manel Kape got off to a pretty lousy start inside the Octagon, losing to top rival Alexandre Pantoja in a tedious decision. He improved his sophomore year record but still hit the wrong end of a controversial division decision. In short, the former RIZIN champion was in the box, and since then, he’s responded with a pair of spectacular finishes! Last night, Kape beat Zhalgas Zhumagulov to claim another knockout win in the first round.
Early on, Kape let his enemies outdo him a little. However, after defeating the Russians with a score of 3-2, Kape overflowed, unleashing precise punches to knock down the enemy. With 16 finishes in 17 wins, Kape is one of Flyweight’s brightest contenders.
- Dusko Todorovic defeat Maki Pitolo via first round knockout: This middleweight clash started with some interesting impressive exchanges, with Pitolo notably knocking out some nice calf kicks. However, shortly after Todorovic landed a knockdown mid-first round and escaped the guillotine, he soon proved himself a few steps ahead of the Hawaiians on the ring. Quickly entering the mount and back on the mount, Todorovic dashed away until the referee called the contest.
- Claudio Puelles beat Chris Gruetzemacher over the crossbar in round three: Gruetzemacher was a man known for his toughness and winning comebacks, but that didn’t happen this time. “Gritz” looks particularly slow this time around, allowing Puelles to pretty easily take the lead on the scoreboard with the classic Southpaw weapon Gruetzmacher keeps stepping in. For any value, Gruetzemacher seems to be dominating a bit more in the third, moving up to the top spot. However, Puelles timed it to roll off the turtle well, scoring with a deft knee to avoid any of the referees!
- Vince Morales defeat Louis Smolka via first round knockout: I don’t want to encourage a fighter to lose more weight than get healthy, but Smolka seems to be a better Flyweight than Bantamweight. He has a fun style, but the bigger men at 135 pounds are better equipped to deny him knocks and punish his high-volume kickboxing style. Even in this fight, Smolka landed pretty well, but an overhand blow with a broken metal hook sent him face-to-face with the tarp.
For the full UFC Vegas 44: “Aldo vs. Font” results and turn-by-turn, click HERE!
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