On this Saturday (8), in Las Vegas, USA, UFC Vegas 26 was the “final act” of Marina Rodriguez’s saga. Brazil, which entered the event a few days ago and reached the United States via an actual “marathon”, held a safe performance and, in the card’s main battle, defeated Mitchell Watterson in a unanimous decision by the judges. Justifying all her efforts to appear on the show. In the co-main event, Alex Morono performed brilliantly and defeated veteran Donald Cerrone in the first round by knockout.
Apart from Marina, two other Brazilians were in action on the main card of the event. With an effective performance during the three-round battle, heavyweight Marcos Pezzo gave American Maurice Green no chance and left with a victory in the judges’ unanimous decision. In the lightweight division, Diego Ferreira made a good start, but showed up throughout the match and knelt at the final stretch of the second round at the hands of Gregor Gillespie.
Last minute low
With a few hours to go before the event began, the organization announced that the fight between Amanda Ribas and Angela Hill, which would be on the main card, valid for the women’s strawweight category, was canceled. Brazil tested positive for the Kovid-19 this Saturday (8), along with members of their team, and because of this, the company chose to remove it from the version. Through the social network, the mining company gave more information about what happened and clarified that it was already infected with the virus for the second time.
“I tested positive for Kovid in the last test, it could be a false positive. The commission has decided to cancel this fight which is under control. I’m going to fight! I don’t know when (laughs) ), But i’m going to fight!
Marina overtakes Waterson in an intense duel
After a brief moment of study, Michelle Watson made the first action, well defended by Marina Rodriguez, with a left punch. With more scope, Brazil added good strokes in the middle distance, some of them entering the American’s face cleanly. Mitchell then began to wager on a low kick, but Marina was clearly better in the first round. In the second round, Rodriguez increased the pressure and began to pressurize Watson against the clutch, leaving interesting combinations and precise knees in the clutch, while Karateka continued with good kicks.
In the third round, Brazil struck a “flute” that struck an American woman in the face, which swayed. The athlete from Bagé (RS) also increased their order of standing combinations, but began to do more gas dosing to avoid further wear. With a sharp Muay Thai, Marina Rodriguez remained superior in relation to her rival. In the fourth partial, the match lost a bit of rhythm, with the athletes a bit more fatigued, but Mitchell Watson changed his tactics and managed to overthrow Brazil, despite being good and strong who were crucial to the points. Protect the marina.
In the fifth and final round, Gaucho introduced good combinations in the middle distance and regained his superiority in the confrontation, controlling the opponent’s pace. In this way, Brazil won by unanimous decision, winning second in the organization and getting a chance for a strawweight belt contention.
Cerrone knocked out and has yet another defeat
The first round between Donald Cerrone and Alex Morono was marked with a balance in the enduring fight, with the two athletes connecting the blows, albeit without much effectiveness, despite the overdose presented by Morrow. In the final stretch, Alex stepped up the pace and applied a series of strong strokes, which were stunning “cowboys”. Seeing that Cerrone was stuck in the grid and showing no reaction, the central referee, electing to interrupt the fight in the final seconds of the first round, faced powerful punches inflicted by Alex Morono. With the result, Donald suffered his fifth loss in the last six fights, while “The Great White” recovers from a blow to Anthony Pettis.
Bigfoot has major performances and overtakes Green
As is always the case in the heavyweight division, Maurice Green and Marcos Pezzo went out for a strike from the first second. In this order, Brazil went into the singles fight, where it was at the top, prominently, receiving hits on the ground and pound, which prevented the American’s offensive actions. In the second round, in the beginning, Pezão managed another fall, very easily, and once again appeared to dominate from top to top, with space to connect precise strokes from top to bottom.
In the third and last round, the same route as in the previous round. In an easy and calm manner, Paulista again beat Green and, despite striking less, he wasted strength and technique to survive the American attacks, which had already shown to be very tired. After three rounds, the referee had no doubt to announce the victory of Marcos Pezzo in a unanimous decision. With the result, the Brazilian heavyweight recovered from a defeat at the hands of Alexander Romanov in the final bout.
Diego Ferreira is knocked out by the American
Right from the start, the two fighters departed for striking, where both added good strokes and combinations, balancing the fight. Gregor Gillespie, seeing that Carlos Diego Ferreira came in to land the exact punch, tried to land the fight, but Amazon showed plenty of technique to get rid of the opponent’s attacks in the ground fight. In the end, Diego Ferreira still transitioned backwards and nearly ended up in a rear-naked choke.
In the second round, Gillespie continued to emphasize the clash fight and, despite being able to land the duel, he was not able to develop much of his game. However, Gregor showed improvement in relation to the previous attack and in the final part, taking advantage of Brazil’s weariness, he applied a good sequence of attacks on the ground and pound. Black belt in jiu-jitsu, Carlos Diego did not resist the American’s attack and the central referee interrupted the fight in the final stretch of the second round. With the result, Gregor Gillespie is recovering from a defeat to Kevin Lee, while Amazon cuts his second consecutive setback.
UFC Vegas 26
UFC Apex in Las Vegas (USA)
Saturday is May 7, 2021
Marina Rodriguez defeated Michelle Watson by unanimous decision of judges
Alex Morono defeated Donald Cerrone via technical knockout in 1R
Neil Magni defeated Geoff Neil by a unanimous decision of the judges
Marcos Pezzo defeated Maurice Green by unanimous decision by jurors
Gregor Gillespie defeated Diego Ferreira with a technical knock in 2R
Phil Haves defeated Kyle Doukaus by unanimous decision of judges
Mike Trizon defeated Ludovit Klein by unanimous decision of judges
Jun Yong Park defeated Tafon Nachukwi by majority decision of judges
Carlton Harris presented Christian Aguilera with a hand triangle in 1R