José Aldo steals the show by surprising Rob Font at UFC Vegas 44

The UFC Vegas 44 undercard exceeded all expectations. Although he had a roster of compelling matchups, few could imagine eight completions would come and most of them were spectacular.

Veteran José Aldo stole the main event by surprising Puerto Rican Rob Font, who came as a favorite after dominating Cody Garbrant, but imposed the experience and took a step back to the belt.

Rafael Fiziev gave us the stamp of the night, but he had a lot of competition in the knockouts, because in addition to his against Brad Ridell, Jamahal Hill and Cris Curtis they took bonuses for finishing that way and in addition to Clay Guida, who was at On the verge of losing in the first round and came back to submit to a fourth-level black belt.

The night was looking good since Vince Morales ‘knockout of Louis Smolka, followed by Claudio Puelles’ submission to Chris Gruetzemacher and the short audience at UFC Apez had nothing to complain about on one of the best Fight Night cards in what goes of the year.

Aldo will fight again for the championship

Although the 135-pound seems to be full of monsters and he currently has two champions who will unify soon, the Brazilian legend has made it clear to us that he is not going to leave without a shot at the belt.

After his loss to Petr Yan when the title was vacant, he has been growing and surpassing the prospects who were supposed to be going through better times than him, such as Chito Vera, Pedro Munhoz and now Rob Font.

The Puerto Rican jab was effective for most of the first round, but at the end he played it and from there the former featherweight champion was imposing his power with body shots, a dangerous right hand and his customary flying knees to close combinations when a opponent is injured.

As he did in the fight with Vera, he also took advantage of the floor game to tie the card and win the fight based on experience.

He called for a fight against TJ Dillashaw that makes more sense today than ever, but anyone in the Top 5 of the division should pay attention to what he did tonight.

Claudio Puelles has taken off

The 25-year-old Peruvian has ceased to be ‘El Niño’ to become a lightweight reality. Although he lost the final of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America in 2016, he has tied four victories in the Octagon since that disaster.

Puelles is in his best physical shape and also in terms of his abilities. He had a very respectable fighting base, but the competition he encounters every day at the Sanford MMA gym in South Florida is something to be envied.

He achieved his second victory by knee barbell in his career and it is a submission that has also already led him to win fights at the TUF home against Pablo Sabori and also on the local scene in Peru.

After three years of low activity, 2021 returned him to the conversation and we will surely see him back soon after his win against Chris Gruetzemacher.

Never leave Clay Guida for dead

Referee Keith Peterson had several opportunities to stop the fight between Clay Guida and Leonardo Santos in the first round, but failed to do so as the Brazilian struck the 39-year-old veteran for nearly two minutes.

But Guida’s corner always trusted the heart and stamina of the UFC Hall of Famer, they warned him that Santos would only have gas for the first few minutes and from there began to turn it around.

His fight saved him in the first episode and wore out the rival in the second until he conceded a mataleón. One of the most incredible victories of the night, as Leonardo is one of the black belt in jiu-jitsu with the best credentials in the category.

Guida reached 59 fights as a professional, but is still in force with two wins in his last three fights and the loss was a split decision to Mark Madsen.

Rafael Fiziev to attack the Top 10

The Kyrgyz man connected directly to the button to the powerful Brad Ridell. Since this fight was agreed, it looked to be a war and not disappointment. The two strikers tried to finish at all times and it was the Australian who was knocked out for the first time in his career.

A spinning kick to the head left him reeling under the correct intervention of referee Herb Dean. An important leap for Fiziev, who is among the big names in lightweight, full of stars and where everyone seems dangerous. Fifth consecutive victory for him and the last four have come accompanied by bonuses.