UFC 259 has been marred by an “abominable” unhurried stoppage, with a referee’s verbalize of being inactive for the length of an early prelim fight comely viewers.
Lightweight fighter Uros Medic modified into obliterating Aalon Cruz in the Octagon as commentators pleaded for referee Label Smith to stay the one-sided stumble upon.
Cruz modified into helplessly squirming on the ground in the first round as Medic belted his American opponent, in the kill getting encourage to his ft sooner than he modified into straight away dropped again.
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“He’s got to terminate it,” UFC commentator Rogan acknowledged early in the first round.
“Live the fight, it’s over.”
Daniel Cormier spoke back: “I don’t understand what he’s awaiting.
“I will’t take into consideration he’s no longer stopping this”
Medic had landed 48 strikes when Smith in the kill stopped the fight, whereas Cruz has managed none.
MMA analyst Dan Tom tweeted: “What in the hell modified into Label Smith awaiting? Man. Dreadful stoppage and I hope Cruz is okay. That acknowledged, the Medic educate comes via.”
‘ABSOLUTELY TERRIFYING’ FIGHTER IS A BEAST
Brazilian fighter Amanda Lemos has dominated countrywoman Livinha Souza in a brutal first round TKO at UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
In an early prelim on Sunday AEDT, Lemos proved why there can obtain to be a number subsequent to her title in the shut to future.
Souza hit the canvas early when Lemos delivered a mighty overhand correct, however the Brazilian managed to ranking encourage onto her ft.
Nonetheless, Lemos dropped Souza again quickly after with an explosive left hand jab, relentlessly pummelling her hapless opponent till the referee brought an early stay to the one-sided contest.
Although there modified into some conjecture about whether or no longer the bout ended too quickly, pundits agreed the 33-year-extinct bantamweight deserved a victory.
Irish journalist Peter Carroll tweeted: “Amanda Lemos is with out a doubt horrifying.”
Souza modified into ranked No. 15 coming into the fight, and is a old Invicta FC champion.
“I trained very laborious,” Lemos acknowledged after her seize. “I studied Livinha very laborious. Here is the division. Here is where I feel exact. I ought to preserve on stopping. I ought to fight Would possibly perchance well furthermore honest, June.”
It modified into the third consecutive stoppage of the night — the judges had been yet to be known as upon in UFC 259.
Lemos’ professional verbalize improves to 9-1-1 — she remains undefeated in the UFC as a strawweight.
AUSSIE FIGHTER SLAMS ‘DISGUSTING’ REMARKS
While getting ready for the finest fight of her profession, UFC title contender Megan Anderson earlier this year found herself the centre of consideration she didn’t save apart a inquire of to for — the level of curiosity of frightful remarks by a male fighter.
Casey Kenney, responding to a inquire of on fellow UFC bantamweight Sean O’Malley’s The Timbo Sugar Mutter podcast, cracked jokes about whether or no longer he would ought to “atomize” Anderson.
“I direct MMA is a line of work where it is seemingly you’ll per chance well presumably furthermore publicly discuss whether or no longer you’d obtain sex with a co-employee in an fully degrading methodology and face zero penalties,” Anderson tweeted in January, sharing a clip of the offensive conversation.
“Disgusting behaviour and it’s poor that he’ll be stopping on my card in March.”
Anderson (11-4, 9 finishes) — who will disclose UFC featherweight champion Amanda Nunes for the length of the pay-per-stare broadcast of UFC 259 on Sunday at UFC Apex in Las Vegas — says she is bored with the culture that affords such comments a pass.
Having been a victim of bullying, Anderson acknowledged she needs “to be acknowledged as the form of person that makes exercise of my platform for exact.”
“There ought to be penalties,” acknowledged Anderson, who spoke to The Fresh York Post over the phone this week.
“Of us ought to understand that lovely because it’s social media and also you don’t enlighten it face-to-face doesn’t suggest strive to be exempt from penalties.”
Anderson acknowledged Kenney later contacted her via a appropriate away message. She did no longer indicate the shriek material of the message, but acknowledged she hopes Kenney takes encourage of this “opportunity to be taught.”
“I hope that he’s right in the phrases he wrote, and I hope that he learns from this disclose and turns into a smarter person from it,” Anderson acknowledged. “And that’s truly it.”
It is miles unclear what, if any, punishment modified into doled out to Kenney for his offensive remarks.
MAIN CARD (approx. 2pm AEDT)
Israel Adesanya vs Jan Blachowicz, light heavyweight championship
Amanda Nunes vs Megan Anderson, girls’s featherweight championship
Petr Yan vs Aljamain Sterling, bantamweight championship
Islam Makhachev vs Drew Dober, lightweights
Aleksandar Rakic vs Thiago Santos, light heavyweights
PRELIMS (approx. 12pm AEDT)
Casey Kenney vs Dominick Cruz, bantamweights
Song Yadong vs Kyler Phillips, bantamweights
Askar Askarov vs Joseph Benavidez, flyweights
Amanda Lemos vs Livinha Souza, girls’s strawweights
Jordan Espinosa vs Tim Elliott, flyweights
Kennedy Nzechukwu defeated Carlos Ulberg, light heavyweights — TKO (R2, 3: 19)
Sean Brady defeated Jake Matthews, welterweights — submission (R3, 3: 28)
Amanda Lemos defeated Livinha Souza, girls’s strawweights — TKO (R1, 3: 39)
Uros Medic defeated Aalon Cruz, lightweights — TKO (R1, 1: 40)
Trevin Jones defeated Mario Bautista, bantamweights — TKO (R2, 0: 47)