With one other action-packed month within the books, MMA Junkie seems at the perfect fights from July 2020: Listed here are the 5 nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMA Junkie’s “Combat of the Month” award for July.
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Rose Namajunas def. Jessica Andrade at UFC 251
Rose Namajunas (9-Four MMA, 7-Three UFC) acquired the revenge she was on the lookout for when she defeated fellow former UFC champion Jessica Andrade (20-Eight MMA, 11-6 UFC) of their anticipated rematch.
After Andrade took the strawweight title with a surprising slam knockout in Could 2019, Namajunas emerged victorious within the rematch with a cut up resolution win. She used superior footwork and putting to win the early portion of the battle, then resisted a late push from her Brazilian foe to safe the win.
Petr Yan def. Jose Aldo through punches at UFC 251
Jose Aldo (28-6 MMA, 10-5 UFC) had moments when it seemed like he may turn into a two-division UFC champion. However ultimately, Petr Yan (15-1 MMA, 7-Zero UFC) might have led to a altering of the guard within the lighter weight lessons.
Yan grew to become the UFC’s new bantamweight champion with a fifth-round TKO of former featherweight champ Aldo. Yan used pinpoint putting and a harmful total assault to beat the moments the place Aldo seemed like he might efficiently flip again the clock and commenced a brand new enviornment within the 135-pound division.
Mounir Lazzez def. Abdul Razak Alhassan at UFC on ESPN 13
Abdul Razak Alhassan (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) proved that after two years away he’s nonetheless one of the crucial thrilling welterweights on the UFC roster. Newcomer Mounir Lazzez (9-1 MMA, 1-Zero UFC) simply managed to shine a little bit brighter, although.
Lazzez made his UFC debut as a relative unknown, however didn’t go away that means after beating Alhassan by unanimous resolution. The pair threw down for 15 minutes, with Lazzez standing as much as the trademark energy of Alhassan and taking up to say his first octagon win within the “Combat of the Night time.”
Rafael Fiziev def. Marc Diakiese at UFC on ESPN+ 30
Rafael Fiziev (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) confirmed how totally different putting ranges might be when he outworked a properly revered standup artist in Marc Diakiese (14-Four MMA, 5-Four UFC) over 15 minutes of light-weight motion.
Fiziev was one step forward of Diakiese in his unanimous resolution win, utilizing strategies that have been only a contact more practical than what his opponent delivered to the desk. In the long run, each males took dwelling an additional $50,000 for “Combat of the Night time.”
Mauricio Rua def. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC on ESPN 14
After “Shogun” picked up wins within the first two conferences in 2005 and 2015, Rua made it a clear sequence sweep over Nogueira with a cut up resolution victory. They slugged it out in basic trend, and though it appeared Nogueira may slide out with a win, the judges as soon as once more noticed it for Rua.
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The Winner: Namajunas vs. Andrade
The rematch between Namajunas and Andrade was properly well worth the wait – for each Namajunas and the viewers who acquired to witness an amazing scrap.
Of their first assembly, at UFC 237, Andrade took the strawweight belt from Namajunas through a memorable, second-round knockout slam.
Fourteen months later, the duo met once more. Namajunas put collectively two stellar rounds, then confirmed nice coronary heart in withstanding a livid third-round onslaught.
Namajunas, competing for the primary time since dropping the title, eked out a cut up resolution victor with the higher finish of two of three 29-28 scorecards.
Andrade clarify from the leap she deliberate on pushing a powerful tempo, utilizing quick motion to dart out and in. Namajunas, nonetheless, didn’t want a lot time to determine her vary, and she or he started utilizing a pinpoint jab, crisp straight arms, and strong counters on the event Andrade handle to interrupt by way of.
This continued for the higher a part of two rounds, however Andrade may need the heaviest arms at 115 kilos, and she or he threw them, like with a depraved physique shot within the second, she landed.
After which Andrade turned it on within the third. Andrade threw all the pieces however the kitchen sink at her foe, leaving Namajunas along with her nostril lower open and her left eye almost swollen shut. Issues seemed unhealthy when Andrade landed a powerful throw to take her opponent to the mat.
However Namajunas acquired again to her toes, gritted her means by way of the onslaught, and acquired to the ultimate horn to seal the win.
“She went into desperation and began actually unloading and she or he caught me a pair instances, clearly,” Namajunas mentioned. “However I simply stayed sturdy.”