UFC Nashville: Stars Of The Night

A UFC card that immediately caught the attention of the MMA world for all the wrong reasons will go down as one of the best of 2017 so far.

The UFC stopped off in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday night and let’s just say it was one of the more memorable cards of 2017.

The card was headlined by a crazy fight between Cub Swanson and Artem Lobov. The two engaged in a phenomenal affair in which Lobov was outclassed but by no means completely out of the bout.

The co-main event featured the returning Al Iaquinta who smashed Diego Sanchez in the first round. A fight in which Al re-announced himself in the UFC’s lightweight division. We had submissions, we had violent knockouts, we had slugfests and yes there were one or two robberies thanks to those uneducated judges.

As always there were a certain few who stood out more than others. Check out who made the most current list below.

Brandon Moreno.

Here we have a young man who while competing on The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament Of Champions was the lowest ranked fighter on the cast. Did that stop him from becoming the hottest flyweight prospect in the UFC right now?

The answer is unequivocally a NO!

Moreno may not have walked away from the reality show the winner but he is well on his way into title contention thanks to his three magnificent victories. The most impressive of which we may have seen on Saturday.

After his short notice shock submission win over Louise Smolka and then his dominant win over Ryan Benoit the 23-year-old Mexican phenom blew straight past Dustin Ortiz, who was meant to be his toughest test to date.

Granted Brandon had a slow first round he did, however, come out all guns blazing in the second. After he landed a brutal head kick that dropped Ortiz, Moreno secured dominant position.

Ortiz tried to fight off the Mexican but fell to a rear-naked-choke and eventually fell asleep.

Now a perfect 3-0 in the octagon Moreno is in line for a top ranked opponent next and should he overcome that challenge could be challenging for UFC gold at the end of the year.

Mike Perry.

What more can you say about this very interesting and super violent man? Not that much but that is what makes ‘Platinum’ Mike Perry one of the most interesting fighters on the UFC’s roster.

Since his arrival on the scene last August he has left a trail of victims behind him. Hyun Gyu Lim, Danny Roberts and now Jake Ellenberger have all fallen inside the cage thanks to Perry. The man is just plain violent and it is an absolute joy to watch.

The combinations he throws are thrown to do the most damage possible. He has an iron chin and has no qualms in engaging in any type of fight.

Coming off a tough lesson and loss to Alan Jouban, Perry looked to carry on his reign of destruction.

Unfortunately for long-time veteran Jake Ellenberger that reign continued thanks to a brutal, and I mean brutal, standing elbow which sent ‘The Juggernaut’s’ soul all the way up to MMA heaven.

The performance secured Perry an extra $50K and a few more fans.

Al Iaquinta.

Last but not least to make the list is ‘Raging’ Al Iaquinta who made an impressive return to the fight game after two-years away from the sport. Some horrendous injuries and contractual issues kept the New Yorker out of action.

The time away seemed to have zero effect on him as he blasted poor old Diego Sanchez into the ground early in the first round. The 29-year-old was in total control and racked up his fifth straight win thanks to his right hand.

Does this mean we see more of this exciting young man? I hope so.

The three names mentioned above look to have a very bright UFC future ahead of them and hopefully for the fans sake, we see them all in action again very soon.