UFC Fight Night 121 Recap
Tonight’s card was full of fights that went the distance. Including four split decisions. We had a little everything from finishes, to upsets, to split decisions. Fabricio Werdum showed us why he is still a force to be dealt with in UFC heavyweight division. See below for results of all the fights including breakdowns of each fight on the main card.
Fabricio Werdum vs Marcin Tybura:
Fabricio Werdum showing us why he is one of the top contenders in the heavyweight division. Looking for another title shot, Werdum put together a great fight. Landing knees and leg kicks at the right moments. Werdum showed his patience and attacked when the time was right. A couple times Werdum was able to shake Tybura up with a knee to the face. Werdum was also able to get a couple takedowns in the fourth round. Tybura showed some life at the start of the fifth when he landed a clean head kick to Werdum followed up by a clean punch to the face as well. That was about all Tybura had for Werdum. He needed a Hail Mary in the 5th and couldn’t find one. Werdum was to much the whole fight and came away with another top 10 win.
Results: Fabricio Werdum via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-46)
Bec Rawlings vs Jessica-Rose Clark:
An exciting matchup between Bec Rawlings and Jessica-Rose Clark was a battle till the end. Early Rawlings had Clark on the mat after a nice takedown. Rawlings went for an arm-bar finish, but Clark was able to escape Rawlings and return to her feet quickly. Clark starts to land some leg kicks and punches. In the second round, Clark seems to hurt Rawlings but is unable to finish her. Instead of continuing with punches, Clark goes for the takedown and keeps position on Rawlings until the end of the round. It was another close round in round three. Both fighters landing punches and kicks. Clark ends up getting another takedown in round three after a failed attempt by Rawlings. Both fighters came out and gave everything they had. Trading punches back and forth looking for a win. It would be another fight that would come down to the judge’s score.
Results: Jessica-Rose Clark by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Tim Means vs Belal Muhammad:
This was a very close fight between Tim Means and Belal Muhammad. Both fighters traded punches back and forth. Not many significant punches were landed, but both were landing a few here and there. Both fighters we pretty even in total strikes through all three rounds. Muhammad appeared to outpunch Mean slightly in the first round; whereas, Tim Means seemed to outpunch Muhammad slightly in the second round. Going into the third round the fight could have gone either way. Both fighters trading significant strikes back and forth. At the end of round three, the fight could have gone either way. Once again another fight resulted in a split decision. With the judges giving the win to Belal Muhammad.
Results: Belal Muhammad via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Jake Matthews vs Bojan Velickovic:
A fight that went back and forth on the ground came down to the end. In the first round, Jake Matthews controlled most of the round in the clinch and on the ground. Bojan Velickovc was able to get a few strikes in, but it was Matthews controlling the whole fight. In the second round, it was the complete opposite. Velickovic controlled almost the whole round on the ground. Keeping control on top for almost the entire round and landing punches here and there. After two round it seemed the score was even and it would come down to round three. In the third round, both fighters went back and forth controlling the fight from the ground. Matthews started it by scoring a nice takedown. Soon after Velickovic was able to gain control to only lose it a couple minutes later to Matthews. Towards the end of round three, Matthews was able to land a few good punches that may have been the deciding factor. In a close fight, it came down to the judges who all couldn’t agree.
Results: Jake Matthews via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Elias Theodorou vs Daniel Kelly:
This was a good fight where both fighters came out exchanging strikes back and forth. The deciding factor in this fight was the leg kicks that Elias Theodorou landed. He was landing them to the head and midsection of Daniel Kelly over and over again. At one point in the third round, it seemed Kelly may have a chance to get a submission. Kelly was able to get Theodorou into a headlock but wasn’t able to get a deep enough hold to force Theodorou to tap out. All three rounds Theodorou was slightly better than Kelly. Landing so many more significant strikes than Kelly (25-7). Kelly was able to get 2 takedowns to 0 of Theodorou, but it wasn’t enough to win the judges over.
Results: Elias Theodorou via unanimous decision (30-28, 30-27, 30-26)
Alex Volkanovski vs Shane Young:
Shane Young took this fight on 8 days notice, and it showed. Alex Volkanovski came right out and put pressure on Young immediately. Through the full first round, Volkanovski continually put pressure on Young. Landing punches and kept going for the takedown. Volkanovski finally got a takedown towards the end of round 1. If there was anything positive to take out of round 1 for Young, it was that his takedown defense was very good, He did a great job avoiding a few takedowns, and when he was finally taken down he was right back up on his feet. Round 1 all Volkanovski.
Round 2 was more of the same from Volkanovski. Landing strikes here and there and going for the takedown. Volkanovski was more successful with his takedowns in round 2. Volkanovski was able to control a lot of round 2 from the mat. Landing a bunch of ground and pounds. Once again all Volkanovski in round 2.
Once again, round 3 was all Volkanovski. Getting another takedown and controlling a good portion of the round on the mat again. At this point, Young is starting to show some fatigue, while Volkanovski shows no sign of slowing down or letting up. Another dominating round by Volkanovski.
Result: Alex Volkanovski vis unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
- Ryan Benoit def. Ashkan Mokhtarian via 3rd Round KO (head kick); 2:38
- Nik Lentz def. Will Brooks via 2nd round submission (guillotine choke); 2:05
- Adam Wieczorek def. Anthony Hamilton via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Frank Camacho def. Damien Brown via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
- Nadia Kassem def. Alex Chambers via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)
- Eric Shelton def. Jenel Lausa via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-25)
- Tai Tuivasa def. Rashad Coulter via 1st round KO (Flying Knee); 4:35