They put on a really good show Sunday night in Nova Scotia, and Canadian content was in heavy rotation on the UFC odds board. Here’s a look at some of the most impressive fights.
Did you catch Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 105 card? It was an enjoyable show, and a bit surreal at times; former WWE announcer Todd Grisham handled the play-by-play, and he brought some of that old flavor to the broadcast, referring to “cheap pops” and wondering if there were any future Tonya Hardings among the people skating outdoors in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Maybe they’ll set Grisham up with CM Punk as his color commentator for the next show.
In the meantime, the Haligonian contingent (no Wikipedia required) was treated to a night of mostly competitive matches – as expected, the Women's Bantamweight-turned-Catchweight fight between Sara McMann and Gina Mazany was not among them. McMann quickly smothered her fill-in opponent and made her tap to an arm-triangle choke after 74 seconds, cashing in as the biggest favorite (up to –800) on the UFC odds board. We hope you were able to snap up McMann at –400 instead, but either way, well done if you spotted this glaring mismatch ahead of time.
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This being the promotion’s second trip to Halifax, you also would have been wise to lean on the Canadian fighters with your UFC picks. Most of them got the job done, including Randa Markos (+210), who earned a split decision over former Women’s Strawweight champion Carla Esparza in a close and entertaining contest. It could have gone either way, but Markos made good in the end.
I have Markos winning the third 10-9 and her winning the fight 29-28. Would be fine with Esparza 29-28, too. #ufcHalifax— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) February 20, 2017
Elias Theodorou (–105) and his magnificent hair impressed the judges, too. Theodorou won by unanimous decision over Cezar Ferreira in another close one – maybe even closer than the Markos-Esparza fight. And promotional newcomer Gavin Tucker (–160), the Newfoundland native and Extreme Cage Combat featherweight champion, looked very good in his unanimous decision over Sam Sicilia.
As for the main event, Derrick Lewis (–105) unleashed the beast again. He knocked out Travis Browne in the second round, after a difficult opening frame that saw Lewis absorb a kick to the liver. Then Lewis cut a very interesting promo on Browne after the fight. Check it out on the YouTubes if you haven’t already, and we’ll see you in a couple of weeks for UFC 209.