UFC Vegas 40 Conclusions: Norma Dumont Raises Her Hand at 145, Lupita Godínez Earns Respect in the Octagon

UFC Vegas 40 Conclusions: Norma Dumont Raises Her Hand at 145, Lupita Godínez Earns Respect in the Octagon

The UFC Apex had another of those events to which we are already accustomed, with many changes and last minute losses, but in the end it leaves us with a probable title contender, a new record and two veterans who seem not to resent the passage of the weather.

Here are the conclusions of what UFC Fight Night left us: Ladd vs. Dumont in Las Vegas (you can watch the replay of the event on ESPN +).

There is life in the female 145 pounds

The reality of featherweight has been the same since its inception: just a little is enough to access the belt that Amanda Nunes possessed three years ago, when she beat Cyborg Justino. Norma Dumont (7-1) establishes herself today as a real fighter at 145 pounds and put on a good display of striking and takedown defense that may be enough, depending on what Nunes decides, to put her in the fight for the belt.

Dumont beat Aspen Ladd (9-2), who also seems natural for the division and behind them may come changes from bantamweight to featherweight for some other fighters such as Holly Holm or Macy Chiasson, in addition to the question about the possible arrival of Kayla Harrison in 2022.

This was a key victory for her career, as last year she failed in her attempt to drop to 135 pounds and today Dumont is the most interested in keeping the category active.

Lupita Godínez won in prestige

Although she was unable to claim victory in consecutive weeks, the Mexican earned the recognition of many of her colleagues in the women’s divisions by accepting the fight in a category up with just four days’ notice.

Godínez came close to finishing at the close of the first round, again with a barbell to his arm as he did in his first UFC victory a week earlier, but ended up paying the difference in weight and height in the last two rounds, where it was complicated. bring your rival back to the ground. With all that, the support she received on social networks was greater than the defeat and many saw her win, although the judges gave the fight to Luana Carolina.

Godinez’s three fights in the UFC have come under unfavorable circumstances, never with a full camp for his opponent. It’s time for you to look for one like that for the last fight of your first contract.

Old men, the hills

The main card had two generations of combat fighters on the scene, with the older one showing that it still has a lot to offer in the Octagon.

First Jim Miller (33-16) who welcomed Mexican American Erick González (14-6), who took the fight on short notice and sought to trade from the start. González managed to send the veteran to the canvas, but the experience of his 50 fights was too much and he ended up turning the situation around.

At the close of the first round he began to take control and put him to sleep just beginning the second, his first knockout in five years. It seems that Miller claimed to stay at least two more fights, when he will reach 40 fights within the UFC.

Subsequently, Andrei Arlovski (32-20), who was the UFC heavyweight champion 16 years ago, got his fourth win in his last five fights by beating Brazilian Carlos Felipe (11-2) by unanimous decision and still has no date for his retirement at age 42.

Miller with 23 and Arlovski with 21, are placed in the second and fourth places in the list of more victories in the history of the promoter.

Danaa Batgerel has true power

The Mongolian fighter welcomed Brandon Davis (14-9) back to the UFC, and he did it in his own way, with a first-round knockout, where he suffered virtually no damage. Although he paid the floor fee with a decision loss in his first bout, he has since proven himself to be a wrecking machine.

Guido Cannetti and Kevin Natividad felt his punch and were also knocked out in the first round by Batgerel (10-2), who is still a long way from being a ranked fighter, but eight of his 10 wins have come by way of completion already. At 32, he seems ready for big things in the division.

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