At UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida, Constantinos Philippou defeated Jared Hamman via TKO at 3:11 in round 1. This Middleweight fight was part of the ION prelims. Philippou now is 2-1 in the Octagon, with back to back wins over Jorge Rivera and Hamman. Hamman drops to 2-3 in the UFC, 13-4 overall.
With the exception of one good choke attempt by Costa Philippou, this fight was mostly contested on the feet. There, it came down to Hamman's superior kicks vs. Costa's superior hands. In that battle, it was the hands that prevailed, as Philippou was able to get through Hamman's defenses and find his chin a number of times. Hamman is known for his tough chin, but it couldn't hold up against Philippou's high level boxing. Hamman was dropped multiple times before John McCarthy stepped in and waved the fight off.
What was the high spot of this fight?
From that first heavy right that dropped Hamman clear through the end was all impressive. Phlippou really does have superb hands, and he showed it in this sequence by landing cleanly on Hamman again and again.
Where do these guys go from here?
With wins over Rivera and Hamman, it's time for Philippou to be considered in the midst of the division. I'd like to see him get a higher profile fight against someone who is a bit more well rounded and will test Philippou's overall game. I nominate either Alan Belcher or Ed Herman.
Hamman is entertaining, and is just one fight removed from defeating C.B. Dollaway, so his job is safe at the moment. But this didn't bode well for his future in the UFC, as he was totally outstruck, and his much heralded chin couldn't keep up. Whoever he faces next, he will likely be in a win or be cut situation.
Watch it now, later or never?
Now. It's just 3 minutes, shows some excellent boxing, plus announces the arrival of a new Middleweight player.
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