With one other action-packed month of MMA within the books, MMA Junkie seems to be at the perfect fights from Could 2020: Listed here are the 5 nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMA Junkie’s “Struggle of the Month” award for Could.

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The Nominees

Vicente Luque def. Niko Value at UFC 249

Vicente Luque (18-7-1 MMA, 11-Three UFC) picked up a second profession win over Niko Value (14-Four MMA, 6-Four UFC) of their rematch, however it required much more effort to place his welterweight counterpart away than the primary time round.

Luque submitted Value in 2017, however this time was lulled right into a bloody slugfest that carried over into the third spherical. Value’s face was a mangled mess, and Luque continued to use strain till he shut the left eye of his opponent and the referee determined to step in.

Anthony Pettis def. Donald Cerrone at UFC 249

It’s unlucky each Donald Cerrone (36-15 MMA, 23-12 UFC) and Anthony Pettis (23-10 MMA, 10-9 UFC) got here into their rematch badly in want of a victory as a result of the 2 veteran warriors placed on a present through which neither might pretty be referred to as a loser.

After going toe-to-toe for 3 rounds, the scorecards declared Pettis the winner of their welterweight matchup after a hard-fought battle, incomes 29-28 scores throughout the board.

Nate Landwehr def. Darren Elkins at UFC on ESPN 8

Nate Landwehr’s (14-Three MMA, 1-1 UFC) helpful work on Darren Elkins (24-9 MMA, 14-Eight UFC) of their featherweight matchup reminded followers at dwelling how bloody combating can get.

Landwehr took on seasoned veteran Elkins in his sophomore octagon look and was all-action. The bout turned out to be a bloody back-and-forth battle that led to a choice for Landwehr.

Tune Yadong def. Marlon Vera at UFC on ESPN 8

Tune Yadong (16-4-1 MMA, 5-0-1 UFC) additional elevated his standing as one of many prime prospects within the sport when he snapped Marlon Vera’s (17-6-1 MMA, 9-5 UFC) win streak in a considerably controversial method.

The 22-year-old Yadong remained unbeaten by means of his octagon tenure by beating his most tough to problem up to now with a unanimous resolution victory over Vera after a gritty affair. Yadong bought 29-28 scorecards throughout the board, touchdown many highly effective strikes over the 15 minutes and overcoming a late push from Vera.

Billy Quarantillo def. Spike Carlyle at UFC on ESPN 9

Billy Quarantillo (14-2 MMA, 2-Zero UFC) and Spike Carlyle (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will not be probably the most recognizable names, however they definitely garnered some new followers in an exhilarating back-and-forth affair.

Quarantillo and Carlyle went shot-for-shot over three rounds in a 150-pound catchweight affair. It was a very shut combat, however ultimately the judges favored Quarantillo’s offense because the simpler and granted him the choice.

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The Winner: Vicente Luque vs. Niko Value

It was a way more aggressive combat than their first assembly, however the winner was nonetheless the identical as Vicente Luque topped Niko Value of their rematch at UFC 249.

After scoring a second-round submission win in October 2017, Luque picked up a third-round TKO resulting from a health care provider’s stoppage at 3:37 after an offensive assault that shut the attention of Value. “The Silent Murderer” has now received eight of his previous 9 fights.

Management of the combat was taken by Luque within the opening two minutes as he landed a variety of chopping leg kicks on Value that induced harm and irritation. Value wouldn’t let it cease him fully, although, and marched ahead with strikes of his personal earlier than getting a takedown. Value threatened with a submission, however Luque was capable of rise up and, regardless of taking a entrance kick to the face, landed some good strikes to shut the spherical.

The pair went proper again to work to start the second body. Luque took benefit of Value’s aggression, touchdown strong counter-punches and persevering with to batter the legs of his opponent with kicks. Value discovered a groove and answered, although, connecting arduous on Luque and placing him in some hazard. Value bought too wild, nevertheless, and was dropped with a decent proper hand. He recovered and bought again up, whereas Luque stayed disciplined and picked Value aside with punches and kicks to shut a robust spherical.

For the primary time in his UFC profession, Value noticed a 3rd spherical. He responded properly, providing a excessive output to start out the body. Luque confirmed endurance as Value trie to stroll him down, mixing up his offense to the face and physique of his opponent. Value’s grit was evident, although, as a result of he stored on attempting and throwing, even going for a takedown try. Sadly for him, Value couldn’t discover the one huge second he wanted to show the tide, and it was Luque who bought it. Luque dropped a bloodied Value with simply over two minutes late, however one way or the other didn’t get the end.

Value’s eye was badly swollen, although, and referee Jason Herzog determined to intervene and convey within the physician. After a quick change, Value was deemed unfit to proceed and Luque was awarded the win.

“I ready for the perfect Niko Value attainable,” Luque mentioned in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan. “I beat him final time and I knew he would come ready and prepared. … First occasion again with every part that’s occurring and I simply wished to placed on a present.”