The main event of UFC Vegas 38 faced two experts from the KO, but as is often the case in those cases, Brazilians Thiago Santos and Johnny Walker neutralized and although they connected with a lot of power, the fight went to the cards at UFC Apex.
In addition to the fight between the light heavyweights, the return of Kevin Holland against Kyle Daukaus raised great expectations in a middleweight fight, however, an accidental header changed the course of the contest and had the intervention of instant replay.
Additionally, Mexican Alejandro Pérez snapped a three-and-a-half-year streak without a fight with the first submission win of his career and Alexander Hernández knocked out Mike Breeden emphatically in the first round to remain one of the top lightweight prospects. .
On a night where former 135-pound championship challenger Bethe Correia hung up her gloves in a unanimous decision loss to Karol Rosa, flyweight fighter Antonina Shevchenko carried a lot of pressure, and today she has a negative mark in the same division where his sister Valentina Shevchenko seems to have no rivals.
Here the conclusions of UFC Vegas 38.
Thiago Santos will be able to fight without pressure
Even if you compete with the best in the world, no one wants to get on a four-game losing streak in the UFC. With his work involved, the Brazilian faced a dangerous opponent in his compatriot Walker. Fans were probably expecting a suicide fight from the light heavyweight ranks. Santos had everything at stake, his losing streak began in a close fight against Jon Jones for the belt and continued with Glover Teixeira (the next challenger to the championship), to close with the one who paints as the next in line, Aleksandar Rakic.
The fight took time to start, in fact the first round had very little exchange. Nonetheless, Thiago did enough to tie her up in the fifth and win the victory that keeps him in the top 5 and can help him renew his contract.
Repetition can be controversial, but necessary
The Nevada Commission dealt for the first time with a great controversy regarding instant replay in the resolution of a fight. He was able to generate a lot of noise on social networks, but in the end it seems that he did justice for everyone.
Kevin Holland and Kyle Daukaus accidentally butted heads in the second round and Holland went straight to the mat. Referee Dan Miragliotta was close to intervening, but seeing that he was still defending himself, he chose to let the fight continue.
Seconds later Daukaus subdued Holland, who was clearly affected by the previous action. UFC officials and the rest of the commission met for minutes, but Miragliotta made the decision based on all the shots. He was wrong to let the fight continue and should have stopped it after the head butt.
That’s what repetition is for, to correct mistakes and took a defeat from Holland from his record.
Antonina Shevchenko has a long way to go
Being the sister of the flyweight champion has put her in the limelight since she aspired to reach the UFC at the Dana White’s Contender Series, but the loss to Casey O’Neill left the Shevchenko majors in a very difficult position. .
He is 3-4 in the UFC and has been unable to win since his Octagon debut. Casey showed the gaps in her takedown defense and although ‘La Pantera’ had good moments in the first episode, when it was even she who punished from the dominant position, Casey reversed and the punishment with the elbows at canvas level was too much and the referee ended up finishing the fight.
The next fight you have to take very seriously and maybe focus your camp one hundred percent on it, as working with one of the best should be beneficial, it also takes away from attention when there are two opponents to worry about.