11: 28 PM ETBrett OkamotoESPN Workers Creator CloseMMA columnist for ESPN.com
Analyst for “MMA Are residing”
Covered MMA for Las Vegas SunIt used to be a rather unhurried night for Dana White’s Contender Sequence on Tuesday — until the principle tournament.For correct the 2d time in series historical previous, the principle four fights of this week’s five-strive in opposition to card went the gap all over the UFC’s Apex facility in Las Vegas. That left it as a lot as middleweights Jordan Williams (9-3) and Gregory Rodrigues (7-3) to defend a long way from an completely carry out-much less night, and it used to be the 29-12 months-outdated skool Williams — in his third appearance on Contender Sequence — who came up enormous.Williams knocked out Rodrigues with a flurry of punches at the two: 19 save of the opening round, and without delay screamed into the empty Apex, “Give me my contract!” Williams, who fights no topic being diagnosed with Form 1 diabetes, competed on Contender Sequence in 2018 and 2019, but used to be now not equipped a contract. His spotlight carry out in opposition to Rodrigues, on the opposite hand, in a roundabout draw punched his mark.”Seems bask in third time’s the appeal,” White said. “Regain your ass over here and gain your contract.”Despite the dearth of finishes, the UFC handed out three contracts on Tuesday, bringing the season total to 26. As effectively as to Williams, White signed featherweights Collin Anglin (8-1) and feeble beginner boxer Danyelle Wolf (1-0).Wolf, 37, used to be a in particular attention-grabbing signing. The three-time USA boxing national champion has said she’s had keep booking fights on the regional circuit, and of direction made her educated MMA debut on the display mask. She appeared raw at cases and dedicated a couple of fouls, alongside side grabbing the fence and extending her fingers for an see crawl, but her striking pedigree and abilities maintain been ample in White’s eyes. The UFC’s female 145-pound division is also extraordinarily thin.”That division is clearly light,” White admitted. “She desires extra abilities in MMA, but at the pause of the day she’s got 43 boxing fights, she’s been in there, she’s been in fights, been in wars. The web is freaking out, announcing she misplaced the strive in opposition to, but they’re now not those who fetch that. The judges procure. She obtained, and I will present her a shot.”Essentially the most nice looking strive in opposition to of the night used to be with out stutter Anglin’s unanimous decision upset over Muhammadjon Naimov (5-1). Naimov obtained the opening round with entertaining work on the toes, alongside side spinning attend kicks at differ and knees in shut. It used to be beginning to peer bask in a showcase strive in opposition to for Naimov. On the opposite hand, Anglin battled attend and took support of a tiring Naimov unhurried. Naimov used to be badly damage extra than one cases within the closing round.”This strive in opposition to had coronary heart, potential, decision, will to deal with,” White said. “Backward and ahead. This baby is 27, going into his prime. He is 8-1. He confirmed me — they both confirmed me — all the pieces tonight that I bask in and deserve to peer after I advance here on Tuesday night.”Welterweight Michael Lombardo (11-2) and featherweight Kyle Driscoll (12-3) maintain been the two winners now not equipped a contract. Each of them obtained their fights within the attend of grappling-heavy sport plans. Lombardo’s bout in opposition to the lanky, karate-essentially based entirely mostly welterweight Korey Kuppe used to be so unhurried within the 2d round that referee Mark Smith known as for extra action a couple of cases.