UFC 237 saw a brutal slam knockout that crowned a new queen at strawweight, and several MMA pioneers taking bad losses on the card. On the main event, Jessica Andrade came from behind to knockout Rose Namajunas and win the UFC belt at 115 lbs. Also on the line up, veterans like Jose Aldo, Anderson Silva, B.J. Penn, and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira took tough defeats.
Here’s a quick twitter thread with a brief recap and analysis of the event, that’s fitting for people’s social media era attention spans:
GUIDA BEATS PENN— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) May 12, 2019
PROS: Guida probably could’ve finished that if he wanted to.
CONS: Apart from Penn looking shot and not winning in a decade, the UFC also supposedly has a “zero tolerance” for domestic abuse. So how long will they keep letting Penn fight?
SPANN KO’s LIL NOG— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) May 12, 2019
PROS: It was a nice uppercut, and the biggest win in Spann’s career.
CONS: That was really sad. The PRIDE vet is 42, and probably should consider hanging it up.
ALDANA SUBMITS CORREIA— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) May 12, 2019
PROS: Aldana didn’t show an immensely diverse game on the feet, but she still picked her apart and adjusted well from the back to get the nifty armbar.
CONS: Bethe didn’t look good, and also badly missed weight. https://t.co/wFYxrluZy8
STAROPOLI DECISIONS ALVES— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) May 12, 2019
CONS: Another long time vet lost on this card
PROS: But at least he didn’t get run over? Staropoli got the biggest win of his career. While Alves looked good at the end, Staropoli was in control for most of this fight.
VOLKANOVSKI BEATS ALDO— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) May 12, 2019
PROS: It wasn’t a barnburner, but Volkanovski fought smart and got a massive win. He feinted well, controlled Aldo on the fence, & was the busier fighter
CONS: Aldo didn’t look like he wanted to win. Not sure why he raised his hands & thought that he did.
CANNONIER INJURES SILVA’S LEG— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) May 12, 2019
PROS: Silva didn’t check leg kicks and Cannonier made him pay.
CONS: Yet another loss for Silva. That leg kick wasn’t dirty and the crowd constantly booed Cannonier for doing his job. A lot of them walked out the arena too. https://t.co/Sq2JapP7tm
ANDRADE SLAM KOs NAMAJUNAS— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) May 12, 2019
PROS: Well that was one of the most brutal slams in recent memory. It also had the most stakes involved, with Andrade coming back to take the belt
CONS: Namajunas looked terrific for about every minute of that, but one mistake and her reign was over.
#UFC237 OVERALL:— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) May 12, 2019
PROS: New champion at 115 (I wouldn’t hate a rematch), and a new top contender at 145.
CONS: Your heroes get old. Not that most weren’t predictable, but every MMA pioneer on this card lost. Brazil crowd booing Cannonier and walking out of the arena was lame.
Check out fighters’ twitter reactions along with more of our UFC 237 coverage below: