Coffee, Cereal, and a UFC Recap

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 02: (R-L) Alex Oliveira of Brazil punches Yancy Medeiros in their welterweight bout during the UFC 218 event inside Little Caesars Arena on December 02, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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UFC 218 was one of those cards for the true fight fan. If you follow the sport closely, the card was always going to be a success, as there were a plethora of exciting fights throughout the entire card. While the final buy rate numbers of the card will not reflect, the card completely lived up to its potential, delivering yet another fantastic night of fights. Let us reflect on the night.

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Max Holloway  vs José Aldo – Featherweight Title Fight
 
– Max Holloway is as good as most thought he was.
– Jose Aldo is a shell of what he used to be, why that is, that depends on the reasons you would like to believe.
– Holloway looks primed to hang onto that belt for quite awhile, however there are some good prospects who can potentially break through and challenge.
– Aldo really needs to evaluate where his career stands after the one sided beating which he never looked to be a part of.
Fight Grade: B+
 
Francis Ngannou vs Alistair Overeem
 
– It was difficult to see this fight going differently.
– Francis Ngannou has made himself absolute must see television.
– Citing Overeem’s lack of ability to take a punch is inapplicable in the discussion of why he lost, that shot knocks out anyone on this planet.
– Ngannou could very well win the title and be dominant in his reign.
Fight Grade: A
 
Henry Cejudo vs Sergio Pettis
 
– This is a swiftly evolving Henry Cejudo. It is unfortunate he fought Johnson earlier than he was ready.
– Cejudo’s wrestling is just on another level, but that gold medal told you that already.
– Sergio Pettis’ ceiling is not as high as many stated it to be.
Fight Grade: B
 
Eddie Alvarez vs Justin Gaethje
 
– A fight so hyped it was almost set up to be a letdown, though it absolutely lived up to the hype in every way possible. 
 – Alvarez turned in an outstanding, and very calculated performance by his standards. 
 – Gaethje can take a shot… But you knew that already. 
 – Gaethje is so athletic, if he would commit that athleticism to harnessing technical competence, he would be a real force. 
 – Alvarez probably gets to dance with Poirier again, it is pretty prudent at this point.
 Fight Grade: A+
 
 
Tecia Torres vs Michelle Waterson
 – Torres looked to be overall the physically stronger fighter
 – Waterson had a grappling advantage, Torres the better boxer 
 – This was a more significant win for Torres than might be realized. It places her inline for a legitimate contender fight.
 Fight Grade: B
 
 
Paul Felder vs Charles Oliveira
 
– Paul Felder’s submission defense school is now taking student applications.
 – Felder displayed incredible poise in some very threatening spots early in the fight. 
 – Oliveira was once a highly touted prospect, while he has definite talent, he has literally made zero strides to getting better. Still the same exact fighter since his debut.
 – Paging Raging Al, let us make this real again.
 Fight Grade: B+
 
 
Alex Oliveira vs Yancy Medeiros
 – Two fight of the year candidates on one card? Thank you, Detroit. 
 – This felt like a video game with all the momentum switches. 
 – Sean Shelby does not get enough credit for his brilliant matchmaking. 
 – Stock up for both fighters.
 Fight Grade: A+
 
 
David Teymur vs Drakkar Klose
 – This fight likely appealed more to the technical junkies, than it did to the traditional violence-loving audience. 
 – Difficult fight to score. It depends on certain things you value in a fight.
 – Klose should have been less tentative to go forward, he enjoyed success when he did. Teymur also had success going forward, even though both employed the strategy sparingly.
 – The loss does not hurt Klose, nor does the win do a ton for Teymur. Both fighters are still coveted prospects and stand to get good fights upcoming. 
 Fight Grade: B
 
 
Felice Herrig vs Courtney Casey
 
– Close contest, though I thought the winner was pretty clear, Herrig simply did more with her opportunities despite being out-landed. 
 – Herrig’s post-fight speech was good. It explained the “antics” of her middle finger usage during the fight. Reminded the fans, this is the fight game, not for the faint of heart. 
 – Did Casey really flick a bloody booger at Herrig mid fight? Gross. 
 – Herrig has certainly gotten better, hats off to her for committing to getting herself in peak shape, thus also improving her overall game.
 Fight Grade: C+
 
 
Amanda Cooper vs Angela Magana
 
– Cooper completely dominated every facet of this fight. 
 – Magana does not accept losses very well, does not provide any redeeming qualities as an athlete, or fighter. She does not belong in the promotion any longer. 
 – Cooper has had some tough opponents, she will be a solid fighter in the UFC. 
 Fight Grade: C
 
 
Sabah Homasi vs Abdul Razak Alhassan
 
– A great fight which has been lost in the shuffle due to the other two flat-out gems on the card. 
 – Both fighters landed absolute bombs on each other. 
 – The stoppage was a good stoppage, go back and watch again. Homasi shooting was reactionary, rather than competent. He grabbed the legs and was completely still for a couple of seconds. He did wake back up, but Herb saw him motionless, as I did.
 Fight Grade: A-
 
 
Dominick Reyes vs Jeremy Kimball
 
– Reyes might be the real deal. His striking looked outstanding in his debut, his grappling was incredibly slick in this affair. 
 – The light heavyweight division needs Reyes to be legit. 
 – Hopefully, the UFC will bring him along slowly, allow him to progress at a manageable rate.
 – Exciting to watch such a performance, even in its one-sided nature. 
 Fight grade: B+
 
 
Justin Willis vs Allen Crowder
 
– Crowder looked like he did not wish to compete, offered extremely little resistance, even when there were plenty of openings. 
 – Willis has power, throws caution to the wind, is the ideal heavyweight fighter. Will have some fun firefights in his career. 
 – Willis lacks zero confidence, good fighter for fun striking matchups. The quintessential heavyweight slobber knocker affair is right of his alley. 
 Fight Grade: B

 

There is really nothing else to be said other than the card was consistently very good. Rating it as one of the elite cards this year is an easy decision.

Overall Card Grade: A
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