The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada was home to an underwhelming night of fights, with one (T)KO, three submissions, and eight decisions, including four split-decisions and two majority decisions.
Israel Adesanya is. For. Real. No, really. Brad Tavares is a legitimate top-10 middleweight, and Israel Adesanya clowned on him in a way reminiscent of Jon Jones or Anderson Silva early in their UFC careers.
Adesanya landed some crazy strikes on Tavares, from a close elbow that opened up Tavares’ eyelid, to a body kick that would have literally killed Donald Cerrone. In between, he landed a ridiculous amount of clean punches and kicks all over Tavares’ battered and bruised body. Somehow the Hawaiian terminator survived all 25 minutes and got $50,000 towards his rehab. Adesanya also got an extra $50K for his violence-dancing.
Luis Pena needed only 3:32 to defeat Richie Smullen by guillotine. Smullen got a takedown early, but Pena looked the more dangerous fighter while on the mat. Back on the feet, Pena also proved he was the more dangerous fighter everywhere by first dropping Smullen, then jumping on him and grabbing a mounted guillotine for the win and a $50,000 bonus from Uncle Dana.
Fight of the Night: Alex Caceres vs. Martin Bravo
Alex Caceres and Martin Bravo put on a fun back-and-forth bout, trading punches and kicks with reckless abandon. We even saw a few brief takedowns. Both guys landed multiple hard shots on the other throughout the entire 15 minutes of the fight, and the contest was close enough that no one seemed too upset with the split-decision result. The truth is, neither guy deserved to lose this fight, and the extra 50,000 smackers both guys got hopefully makes the loss go down a little easier for Bravo.
Attendance: 2,123 (sold-out)