UFC 229 undercard recap – Tony Ferguson Anthony Pettis

Heavyweight Derrick Lewis took an intensive beating by the hands of Alexander Volkov for practically three full rounds —...

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UFC 229 undercard recap - Tony Ferguson Anthony Pettis

Heavyweight Derrick Lewis took an intensive beating by the hands of Alexander Volkov for practically three full rounds — emphasis on “practically.”

Lewis (21-5) shocked Volkov (30-7) with a comeback, knockout win on the 4:49 mark of the ultimate spherical. Regardless of showing damage a number of occasions within the battle, Lewis saved Volkov sincere along with his one-punch-knockout energy after which landed an ideal proper hand to the chin to steal it away late.

It is a devastating outcome for Volkov, who outstruck Lewis 86 to 32 total. He had him damage as early as the primary spherical, after touchdown photographs to the physique and a slick counter proper. The bout was paused briefly within the first, after Lewis complained of an eye fixed poke. Volkov saved a gradual stress on Lewis with the jab and blended his strikes nicely to the physique and head.

Lewis appeared drained and a bit dejected at occasions, however when he selected to come back ahead, it was apparent his energy had an impact on Volkov. The final proper hand put Volkov down within the heart of the cage, and some follow-up photographs ended the battle.

It is a good rebound efficiency for Lewis, after a slow-paced, closely criticized choice win towards Francis Ngannou in July. Lewis admitted after the bout, by which he and Ngannou barely threw any strikes, that he went in with a again harm.

Lewis, of Houston, has now gained 9 of his previous 10. Volkov had been closing in on a title shot earlier than the loss, with a 4-Zero report within the UFC.

Waterson edges Herrig in pivotal strawweight bout

Strawweight Michelle Waterson (16-6) turned in a well-rounded effort to defeat Felice Herrig (14-8) by unanimous choice, by way of scores of 30-26, 30-27 and 29-28.

Following a sluggish first spherical that noticed each girls really feel the opposite out, Waterson seized clear management within the second and third.

The Jackson-Wink MMA fighter took Herrig down within the second body and scored factors with elbows. Herrig scored a takedown of her personal late within the battle, however Waterson shortly reversed it and labored again to her ft.

Aside from forcing Waterson into clinches alongside the fence, Herrig struggled to get constant offense. Waterson outlanded Herrig in whole strikes 113 to 76. It’s her second win in a row, after dropping back-to-back in 2017 to Tecia Torres and Rose Namajunas.

Formiga defeats Pettis by choice, requires title shot

Brazilian veteran Jussier Formiga (22-5) took one step nearer to a 125-pound title shot, and halted any momentum behind the 25-year-old Sergio Pettis (17-4) within the course of.

All three judges scored it in Formiga’s favor: 30-26, 29-28 and 29-28. He did his greatest work within the third spherical, as he was in a position to take Pettis’s again as he was nonetheless standing, and refused to surrender the place till the top of the spherical.

Formiga, who extends his win streak to a few, out-landed Pettis in whole strikes 100-to-65. Pettis managed to defend a few of his takedown makes an attempt within the early rounds, however it was apparent the Brazilian’s grappling saved him out of any rhythm. Whereas Pettis by no means gave the impression to be in any hazard within the battle, he struggled to regulate the place it occurred.

Formiga is in robust title rivalry, with an total UFC report of 8-4. Pettis, of Milwaukee, takes an enormous step again. Earlier than Saturday’s loss, he scored a serious choice win towards Joseph Benavidez in June.


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