Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada was home to a diminished night of fights with three (T)KOs, three submissions and five decisions, including a split decision in the main event. Due to an illness sustained by Ray Borg, we didn’t get to see “Mighty” Demetrious Johnson make his attempt at breaking the consecutive title defense record, but we still had a title fight in the main event as Amanda Nunes successfully defended against her rival Valentina Shevchenko.
Henry Cejudo showed vastly improved striking and movement in his winning effort against the ultra-tough Wilson Reis, an improvement he credits in part to the “Pitbull” brothers, Patricky and Patricio. Whatever it was they had Cejudo do, it worked, and he looked like a much sharper version of his previous self, as shown by his crisp straight right hand that dropped Reis and earned the Olympic gold medalist a $50,000 bonus.
Rafael dos Anjos reminded everyone just why he was the king of the lightweight division for so long with a dominant performance over the talented Neil Magny. Not only did we see RDA throwing with abandon the same way he did in his lightweight prime, we also saw him dominate the much larger Magny on the ground, eventually turning that dominance into an arm triangle submission victory and earning an extra $50K.
Gilbert Melendez is inhumanly tough. Stephens brutalized Melendez’s leg so badly that it started growing a new leg, in the quickest proof of Darwin’s theory of evolution ever witnessed. Melendez could barely stand, let alone move, but that didn’t stop him launching himself forward in a courageous attempt to prove a one-legged man could, in fact, win an ass-kicking contest. Unfortunately, Jeremy Stephens is exactly what you would expect the ass-kicking champion of your state to look like, and as it happens, he fights like one as well.
No matter what Gilbert tried, how hard he threw, how many shots he landed, Stephens was right there to fire an even harder punch back and then he started trying to amputate Melendez’s other leg using his leg as a huge, blunt scalpel. Gilbert somehow, impossibly, made it to the end of the fight where he unsurprisingly lost on the scorecards, but both he and Stephens earned an extra 50 G’s for their efforts.