UFC 193 Results, Bonuses, and Review

After an unprecedented 2 month promotional build , and with the largest crowd in UFC history in attendance, UFC 193 actually managed to exceed all expectations last night and deliver a PPV worthy of all the hype. From the shocking conclusion in the main event down to the under-card, last night was a thrilling display of what the UFC is all about; amazing athleticism and dramatic finishes.

Holly Holm capped the night with potentially the biggest upset in UFC history (Matt Serra knock out of GSP still #1 to me) showing an amazing display of technical ability and poise in defeating the demi-goddess of MMA, Ronda Rousey. Holm received fight of the night and knockout of the night bonuses after the huge upset victory, and cemented her place in female combat sports forever, becoming the first woman (or man) to ever capture a Mixed Martial Arts world championship AND and boxing world championship. She stopped the Rousey hype train COLD, exposing the holes in Rousey’s game and dominating from start to finish.

Strawweight womans champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk held off the challenge of a very game Valerie Letourneau in the nights co-main event. In a fight that was much closer than the score cards indicate, JJ was able to weather the storm in the early portion of the fight and really outclass Letourneau in the championship rounds with superior striking, combinations and accuracy. There is not a more exciting or confident fighter/champion in the UFC than Jedrzejczyk, you can only hope the UFC grants her the same platform and exposure as a Ronda Rousey because in may ways she is even more talented.

Other notable wins :
* Mark Hunt knocking out Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva in a rematch of their fight of the night war from 2013 , which ended in a draw. The 41 year looked to be in the best shape of his life and may have saved his UFC career with the massive KO of the slow-footed Silva.
*Robert Whitaker unanimous decision over Uriah Hall. Whitaker was the aggressor in all three rounds over the very dangerous Hall, and once again looked great at 185 pounds winning his third fight in a row. Hall surged in the later part of the fight but Whitaker used his movement and speed advantage to control the pace throughout and secure a big victory over a top 10 opponent.
*Jake Matthews defeated Akbarh Arreola by TKO, Dr. stoppage, after round 2. In the best back and forth fight of the night (and the real fight of the night to me) Matthews got the hype train re-started again after his first pro loss with a huge comeback win over Arreola. Down and seemingly out after receiving a massive head kick in round 1, Matthew’s was able to make it to the end of the round and delivered a vicious Tito Ortiz’esque beatdown in round 2 to open up a gaping wound prompt the stoppage between rounds.

New York native Gianpiero Villante.
After a highlight reel one punch KO of veteran and hometown favorite Anthony Perosh , and his third KO in four wins in the UFC, Villante put the Light Heavyweight division on notice last night as a fighter on the rise. The best friend of 185 pound champion Chris Weidmen, Villante has already registered two FIGHT OF THE NIGHT bonuses and had it not been for Holly Holm putting the stamp on Ronda Rousey, may have received a KO of the night bonus last night. Villante has been the victim of some tough luck in his UFC losses, but last night he showed his true potential against and awkward fighter who is not easy to look good against, avoiding all of Perosh offense and ending the fight with a single right hand that dropped the 43-year-old veteran to the mat in dramatic fashion. One punch knockout power is a rare commodity in the UFC. If Villante can improve his overall stand up game and become more varied in his approach, he is going to be a tough out for any 205’er moving forward.

Steven Kennedy vs. Richard Walsh — Walsh def. Kennedy by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Daniel Kelly vs. Steve Montgomery — Kelly def. Montgomery by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
James Moontasri vs. Anton Zafir — Moontasri def. Zafir by TKO (spinning back kick and strikes) at 4:36 of Round One
Ryan Benoit vs. Ben Nguyen — Nguyen def. Benoit by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:35 of Round One

Preliminaries on Fox Sports 1
Akbarh Arreola vs. Jake Matthews — Matthews def. Arreola by TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 5:00 of Round Two
Kyle Noke vs. Peter Sobotta — Noke def. Sobotta by TKO (body kick and punches) at 2:01 of Round One
Anthony Perosh vs. Gian Villante — VIllante def. Perosh by KO (punch) at 2:56 of Round One
Danny Martinez vs. Richie Vaculik — Martinez def. Vaculik by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

Main PPV Card
Jared Rosholt vs. Stefan Struve — Rosholt def. Struve by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Uriah Hall vs. Robert Whittaker — Whittaker def. Hall by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva — Hunt def. Silva by TKO (punches) at 3:41 of Round One
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Valerie Letourneau — Jedrzejczyk def. Letourneau by unanimous decision (49-46 x2, 50-45)
Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm — Holm def. Rousey by KO (head kick) at 0:59 of Round two

UFC 193 post-fight bonuses:
Fight of the Night — Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm
Knockout of the Night — Holly Holm
Performance of the Night — Kyle Noke

– Keith Farrell