The UFC took the octagon to Berlin today, and the card was full of entertaining bouts. Particularly on the undercard, where almost every fight was finished. Two of the four main card bouts were finished, including the title fight, with the champion retaining her title in devastating fashion. Here's how it all went down.
This was all Joanna. She was landing a huge variety of strikes on the grappler, nailing her with elbows, kicks from odd angles, and hard counters. Penne really tried hard to get the takedown, but couldn't do much until the very end of the first. The second round was more of the same, with Joanna pummeling Penne and opening up a huge cut on her nose. Penne was still game though, looking to grapple and landing the occasional counter.
In the third, Jedrzejczyk continued her assault. Penne was eating a lot of hard shots, but still managed to almost get the champ to the floor against the cage. Joanna disengaged quickly though, and continued to batter Penne in the middle of the octagon and against the cage until the referee finally decided to step in at the 4:22 mark and stopped the bout.
In the co-main event, the veterans engaged in an entertaining battle featuring a lot of flashy striking, but was decided by Crusher's grappling. Siver was able to stop his takedowns in round one, and landed some clean punches and a hard spinning back kick. The second and third were a different story though, as Kawajiri got the takedowns he wanted. He advanced to mount late in the second, and did some damage from the top in the third. It was enough to pick up the unanimous decision victory.
Sobotta was all over Kennedy from the opening bell, tagging him with hard strikes before getting it to the ground and securing the submission. Very impressive win from Sobotta, who looks like a different fighter since his first UFC run.
This was fairly one-sided, with Hein using a mix of heavy strikes and solid grappling to work over his Polish opponent. The highlight was perhaps where Hein asked for the mic from Dan Hardy after the bout and got the crowd to chant UFC like cheerleaders.
After securing an almost-immediate takedown, Amirkhani quickly sunk the hooks and took the back. It took a while to secure the choke as Fullen fought him off bravely, but Amirkhani was just too good and was able to get the right position to get the tap. Check it out below.
Brutal finish from Taisumov, who looks extremely good in his last few fights, picking up his third straight win with a head kick and some nasty GnP. Check it out.
After dropping the first two rounds, Allen secured a guillotine and picked up a big win. The ref didn't even see the tap, but the celebration was enough for him apparently.
This was an iffy decision. Backstrom took the first round pretty easily, but got his butt kicked in the second. Lahat should have been given a 10-8, but Backstrom seemed to rebound in the third and took that stanza. At worst it should have been a draw, but since most judges are allergic to 10-8's, Backstrom could have taken the decision. Instead, Lahat was somehow given credit for either the first or third on two cards and got the W.
This was a pretty nasty finish. Dos Santos was KO'd by an uppercut, somehow woke up when he hit the floor, then just leveled with a high kick and some punches. See for yourself.
The first round was close, but Mustafaev opened a big cut on Hallmann in the second, and it was enough to earn the stoppage TKO.
A good start to the night, with Lapilus landing a combo that dropped Sasaki. He then finished with some GnP. Check it.