UFC Vegas 41 takeaways: Marvin Vettori earns respect, Paulo Costa aims for 205 and Jeff Molina impresses again

UFC Vegas 41 takeaways: Marvin Vettori earns respect, Paulo Costa aims for 205 and Jeff Molina impresses again

A strange fight week, where at times it seemed that we would not have a main event at UFC Apex. In the end, Paulo Costa was right, at 205 pounds it was a spectacular main event, although it did not end in his favor when he fell by unanimous decision to Marvin Vettori.

Italian Vettori took much more than the victory at UFC Fight Night and 20 percent of his rival’s purse, his professionalism raised his bonuses and we will see good things for him in the future, recovering from a title loss of the 185 in their previous match.

Brazilian Costa had his way this time, but they will hardly forgive him again and at least he will have to fight once more at light heavyweight for the UFC to forgive him for the mess he got them into after arriving on Wednesday at 211. pounds and say he wouldn’t cut weight for the originally middleweight fight (185).

Plus, fighters in the men’s flyweight division have a new reason to worry: Colombian prospect Jeff Molina is real and he had one of the best finishes of the night.

Vettori won and got respect

Since the first of his two fights with Israel Adesanya in 2018, Vettori became one of the 185-pound antagonists. Despite putting up great fights he could hardly be considered a fan favorite, but all that changed this week.

Ever since the Italian knew that Costa would not make the weight, he dedicated himself to making the fight happen, regardless of whether it was at 195 or 205 pounds. In fact, he went up to the Octagon with an opponent who weighed more than 15 pounds than him at the time of the fight.

Great fight, stamina and a composure that earned him praise from fans and fighters all week. Vettori (18-5-1) keeps his finger on the line for another attempt for the middle belt.

Costa will have to test at 205 pounds

Forget the punch to the fighters bag. It looks like Costa will meet the same fate as Aspen Ladd and will be sent to a division above his for all the joke this week. Despite two back-to-back losses at 185 pounds, Costa could call out a ranked opponent at the light heavyweight where the road to the title might not be as long.

Costa (13-2) says he is tired of maintaining a rigorous diet throughout his life, so this may be the solution. He has the power and showed great physical condition fighting intensely until the last of the 25 minutes of the main event this Saturday.

Colombian on the rise

Jeff Molina dares to say that he has never been in a boring fight, and on Saturday he showed it again. The flyweight reached 10 victories as a professional in the best way, with his first finish inside the Octagon.

The second-round knockout came with a performance bonus-worthy right hand. Molina knew how to defend the attempts to finish Daniel Da Silva, who had taken his back and threatened him on more than one occasion on the canvas. He showed a high level of grappling when required, and at the Brazilian’s first error, he found his right hand and there he finished the work with ground and pound.

Ultimately, in addition to great standing play, Molina also has submissions on his side.

Molina (10-2) is very clear about his place in the division with just two UFC fights, although both have been spectacular presentations. He is not in a hurry on a path to the title where today he respects the current monarch, the Mexican Brandon Moreno.

The champions of the English promoter Cage Warriors usually arrive with great anticipation, and the pride of Wolverhampton was no exception.

But Herbert (11-3) fell far short of what fans expected after back-to-back losses to start in the UFC. With many elements against him in the days of the pandemic, the UFC had patience with him and at last he was able to show his full potential. After being knocked out by Francisco Trinaldo on his debut and subdued by Renato Moicano, he earned at least one more chance with a great match against Khama Worthy.

The Brit unleashed his great repertoire on his feet for a solid knockout and his first victory in the Octagon. At 33 he has no time to waste, so we will likely see him back soon.

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