UFC 170 didn’t lack story lines coming into the night, Cormier v old training partner and the first time two Olympians would fight in Rousey v McMann, but we ended up leaving with more questions than answers.
All five main card fights were action packed with 4 of the 5 ending by KO and the other coming just shy of a KO victory by Rory MacDonald.
The main event ended in confusion with Ronda Rousey knee-ing Sarah McMann in the kidney and referee Herb Dean stopping the fight early in the 1st round. The crowd immediately booed, what else is new, but this time they had just cause. It appeared as though McMann was on her way back to her feet when Dean called for the stoppage.
What makes the stoppage even more mind boggling is that it came after Dean let Mike Pyle elbow TJ Waldburger’s head into the mat 5+ times just 3 fights prior. I’m sure Dean will have to answer for this stoppage sometime soon, but tonight we will have to roll with the fact that Rousey will take the “W” and go off to film her movies until her next fight sometime this fall.
Rousey was as shocked as anyone at the stop and merely shrugged when walking back to her corner. A win is a win I guess but this can’t sit well with anyone involved in the fight.
In the co-main event Daniel Cormier had to deal with talks of Patrick Cummins making him cry for 10 straight days. He told the world that he felt disrespected and that he’d dominate Cummins in every way possible… He did just that.
DC used all 55 seconds of the fight to punish Cummins. His KO of Cummins came by a flurry of uppercuts and a hard overhand right. Once Cummins dropped to a knee Daniel went in for the finish. This is by far the most emotion Cormier has shown in the UFC thus far. If this is what it’ll look like when he faces 205 pounders then the division is collectively holding it’s breath.
Next up for DC is probably the originally scheduled UFC 170 fight against Rashad Evans. Then look for all eyes to shift to light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones in the fall. Cormier is confident that he can run through Jones and his chance to prove that may be coming sooner than later.
Here are the other results from UFC170:
- MacDonald def. Maia – Decision
- Pyle def. Waldburger – TKO
- Thompson def. Whittaker – TKO
- Davis def. Eye – Decision
- Assuncao def. Muhnoz – Decision
- Sterling def. Gibson – Decision
- Makovsky def. Sampo – Decision
- Koch def. Oliveira – TKO
- Chavez def. Cedeno – Decision