The UFC brought the stars out for their annual fourth of July weekend event, this time the middleweight and women’s bantamweight championships were on the line at UFC 175. Both champions retained and successfully defended their title—both in dominant fashion, one much quicker than the other. In an unfortunately circumstance, 11 fights was reduced to 10 on the card as Stefan Struve suffered what was diagnosed as a panic attack prior to his fight and was not cleared to compete. While one fighter did compete despite clearly suffering a gruesome injury in the bout and going on to emerge victorious. The three stars of the night go to:
Honorable mentions: Kevin Casey, Rob Font
3rd Star – Uriah Hall
In between rounds 1 and 2, the camera zoomed in on Uriah Hall’s right foot and his 2nd toe on the foot appeared to be dislocated and later found to be broken. The doctor took a long hard look at it in between both rounds 1-2 and 2-3, but was convinced by Hall’s cornermen to let the fight continue.
Hall took a fellow striker in Thiago “Marreta” Santos, who did not hold back and gave Hall all he could handle in 3 close rounds. But Uriah Hall came on strong in the 3rd, and left no doubt in the judge’s eyes as to who the victor was. After three rounds of stand up action, Hall emerged victorious, taking the unanimous decision. But once the adrenaline wore off and the fight was over, Hall began tending to his broken toe–which now had the bone sticking out of its skin.
Hall took to the mic post-fight and delivered a passion-filled speech, including the line: “I was brought up that if life knocks you down, you get back up and say, ‘You hit like a b*tch!”
2nd Star – Ronda Rousey
Billed as a 10-to-1 favourite over #1 contender Alexis Davis, there wasn’t really too much Ronda Rousey could do to impress and top her previous performances given what she has already done in her first 3 title defenses. Except that she did something that could only be her most impressive performance to date. It took her all of 16 seconds to defeat Aexis Davis, improve to 10-0 and defend her title for a 4th time. All this before Alexis Davis could realize she was already out of the fight—grabbing the legs of referee Yves Lavinge.
A knee, an overhand right, a hip toss, and a flurry of punches while trapped in a headlock, all this occurred between the start and the end of the bout. And it was every bit as impressive a performance as Ronda Rousey has had in the past.
While the post-fight shenanigans that occurred between Joe Rogan, Ronda Rousey, and those in the production truck may have shed a black cloud over the whole situation, it does not take away from what Ronda Rousey did between the start and the end of the co-main event bout.
1st Star – Chris Weidman
The All-American wrestler out-struck Anderson Silva, and now he has out-struck Lyoto Machida. Chris Weidman continues to eliminate any doubt in the fans’ minds that he is undeserving of being the champion and being talked about as one of the best fighters in the world. Weidman proved he can dominate Machida at his own game—landing more significant strikes in 4 of the 5 rounds against the challenger. While mixing in 5 takedowns throughout the fight, resulted in him winning a clear unanimous decision over Lyoto Machida.
Weidman’s 2nd title defense earned him fight of the night honors and improves his record to 12-0. Not only that, but he was able to do it on what he claims as his worst camp ever, being unable to hit pads due to ligament issues in his hand leading up to the fight.