Bloody Elbow fight experts, Zane Simon & Eddie Mercado, are here tonight – Saturday, September 4th., 2021, to breakdown the UFC Vegas 36: ‘Derek Brunson vs. Darren Till’ event, which was broadcast from the cozy confines of the Apex Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The guys will have hot takes, possible next fights, as well as reactions to the overall event in the player above, or can be caught on our Bloody Elbow Presents YouTube Channel or any our BE Presents Podcast Network. (SPOILERS...)
After undergoing thirteen fight cancellations for this card, the UFC featured a Middleweight showdown where the wrestler met up with the Muay Thai specialist in the main event of tonight’s Fight Night card. It was anticipated to be a worthwhile bout to catch, between fight veteran, former Strikeforce and TUF alum, number 5-ranked middleweight, Derek Brunson, who was sporting a 22-7 record, and former welterweight, the number 9-seeded middleweight from Liverpool, Darren ‘The Gorilla’ Till with his 18-3 record.
Main Event Outcome:
Brunson absolutely dominated the entire fight, clearly taking every round; Till did his best to offer up a defense, but he was just no match for Derek’s tremendous wrestling finesse. Till ate a lot of hard shots and spent a decent amount of time on his back throughout this fight. In the third round, Till finally submitted to a smothering Rear-Naked Choke from Brunson. Derek immediately called out for a fight with Israel Adesanya, stating he is making a push for the title. Five wins in a row now, he is on his way.
"I'm tired of these guys not mentioning my name. Izzy look into the camera and mention my name." - Derek Brunson #UFCVegas36— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) September 4, 2021
"I'm a Renzo Gracie blackbelt, so I wanted to put it to use." - Derek Brunson #UFCVegas36— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) September 4, 2021
For the co-main event, we had a Heavyweight brawl between hot prospects Tom Aspinall and Sergey Spivak. Aspinall, currently ranked #13, on a six-fight win streak would face off against the ‘Polar Bear’, former WWFC Heavyweight Champion, who was on his own win streak - with three ‘W’’s currently under his belt. Aspinall is touted to be a future UFC Champion, and was the oddsmakers favorite heading into this bout.
Just a great little clipping elbow from Aspinall inside. dude puts together some scary offense for a heavyweight. #UFCVegas36— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) September 4, 2021
Aspinall showed off his skill set with fast hands and agility. No sooner were we assessing these skills and it was all over, he landed a terrific elbow that rocked Spivak down to the ground against the cage. Aspinall swiftly put an end to it by following up with a flurry of ground strikes, at just two and a half minutes into the first round, having never taken a shot. He continues his 100% finishing rate. Aspinall calls out anyone above him in the rankings.
"I'm trying to move up this thing slow. If I'm number 13, give me number 12." - Tom Aspinall #UFCVegas36— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) September 4, 2021
"First punch that I threw, I smashed my hand." - Tom Aspinall. #UFCVegas36— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) September 4, 2021
Also on the card, we had a Welterweight bout between the German brawler, David ‘Sagat’ Zawada and Alex ‘The Great White’ Morono, a Light Heavyweight bout between up-and-comers Khalil ‘The War Horse’ Rountree and Modestas ‘The Baltic Gladiatior’ Bukauskas, a long-awaited, well-hyped UFC debut bout for former Cage Warriors Featherweight Champion, Liverpool’s Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett against Brazilian, Luigi ‘The Italian Stallion’ Vendramini... and a couple hot prelim bouts between ‘Fire Fist’ Ji Yeon Kim and the UK’s ‘Meatball’ Molly McCann in our featured prelim, as well as a highly anticipated scrap between Julian ‘Juicy J’ Erosa and Charles ‘Air’ Jourdain earlier down the card.
Zawada v.s Morono was a highly competitive fight for all three rounds, plenty of uppercuts traded and counter attacks from both men throughout. After going the distance, the but ends in Unanimous Decision to Morono (30-27x3). Hmm, I was kinda expecting it to be a Split decision, but I am no fight expert - just a fan who produces podcasts, among other things around here, Zane and Eddie had this to say...
Not a pretty fight, but Morono did a lot of work with his jab and landed a few big strikes to just keep ahead of Zawada in a back & forth battle. #UFCVegas36— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) September 4, 2021
The visual of Alex Morono piecing up someone is oddly satisfying #UFCVegas36— Eddie Teach (@TheEddieMercado) September 4, 2021
Khalil came out in a ferocious effort in the first round, striking the fear into Modestas, settled in and found his pace and kept wearing Modestas down, until finally taking him out of the bout with a wicked side kick to the knee in the second round. Bukauskas was removed from he octagon on a stretcher and will likely need a decent amount of recovery time after at least one or more surgeries for that knee injury. The UFC Dr. on scene indicated post-bout to Bisping that it was likely a torn ACL, PCL & MCL! Brutal.
Vicious stomp from Rountree! YIKES! That's legal but the 12-6 elbow isn't? Soccer kicks are banned? I'm not saying remove the move, I'm saying legalize all kicks, elbows, & knees.#UFCVegas36— Eddie Teach (@TheEddieMercado) September 4, 2021
"I'm not hiding anymore. I'm dealing with my fear head on." - Khalil Rountree #UFCVegas36— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) September 4, 2021
In our Main Card Opener, Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett did not disappoint in his UFC debut! He let loose with speed and ferocity and pummeled Luigi with kicks and power strikes raining down hard, not letting up at all, right up until the stoppage he just kept coming, winning via KO/TKO Hooks in the FIRST ROUND – just like he promised! This is one POTN you HAVE to watch if you missed it! This charismatic showman says he is ready to take on any comers as soon as they want, even claiming he is ready to handle a co-main or main event, and bring down the house.
"I'm here to take over, lad. I'm the new cash cow. I'm the new main man on the UFC roster." - Paddy Pimblett #UFCVegas36— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) September 4, 2021
The powerhouse fellow Liverpool teammate, Molly McCann, went the distance in an all out banger against Ji Yeon Kim for a Unanimous hard-fought Decision win. It was an impressive FOTN showing for both women; but Molly gave it her all and got the big win to close out our featured prelim and launch us with an adrenaline burst into the main card.
McCann says she had a torn LCL and PCL and otherwise was largely censored for her post fight interview. #UFCVegas36— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) September 4, 2021
Jack ‘Tank’ Shore is now 15-0 undefeated, and he is most definitely one to be watched, he ought to be rising in the rankings after this performance.
In a frantic fight right from the get go, Julian Erosa managed to hold his own against Canadian Charles Jourdain, but ultimately Erosa choked the ‘Air’ out of Jourdain in the third round, via D’Arce Choke Submission. If you missed this one, it is definitely a bout to go back and catch, great MMA action from start to finish.
The uglier this fight gets the more it favors Erosa#ufcvegas36— Eddie Teach (@TheEddieMercado) September 4, 2021
This week the guys’ picks heading into the 9-bout event were:
Zane: Brunson, Eddie: Till
Zane: Spivak, Eddie: Aspinall
Zane: Bukauskas, Eddie: Rountree
Zane: Ji Yeon, Eddie: McCann
Overall, this now dwindled down 9-bout card saw two exhilarating first round finishes, three impressive KO/TKO’s, two sweet submissions (including our main event), and four hard-fought decisions. Rounding things out, bonuses for putting forth POTN efforts went to Paddy Pimblett and Tom Aspinall; FOTN honors went to Molly McCann & Ji Yeon Kim. What a great day of fights we have to share with you, join us to discuss all the action...
Here’s a look at the fight card, updated fight records & results —
ESPN/ESPN+ MAIN CARD | SAT. SEP 4
9. 185lbs: Derek Brunson (23-7) DEF. Darren Till (18-4) – SUB, Rear-Naked Choke at 2:13 of Rd 3/5, Total 12:13
8. 265lbs: Tom Aspinall (11-2) DEF. Segey Spivak (13-3) – KO/TKO, Elbow to Ground Strikes at 2:30 of Rd 1
7. 170lbs: Alex Morono (20-7) DEF. David Zawada (17-7) – DEC, Unanimous
6. 205lbs: Khalil Rountree (9-5) DEF. Modestas Bukauskas (11-5) – KO/TKO, Side Kick to the Leg at 2:30 of Rd 2, Total 7:30
5. 155lbs: Paddy Pimblett (17-3) DEF. Luigi Vendramini (9-3) – KO/TKO, Hooks at 4:25 of Rd 1
4. 125lbs: Molly McCann (11-4) DEF. Ji Yeon Kim (9-4) – DEC, Unanimous
3. 125lbs: Jack Shore (15-0) DEF. Liudvik Sholinian (9-2) – DEC, Unanimous
2. 150lbs: Julian Erosa (26-9) DEF. Charles Jourdain (11-4) – SUB, D’Arce Choke at 2:56 of Rd 3
1. 185lbs: Marc-André Barriault (13-4) DEF. Dalcha Lungiambula (11-3) – DEC, Unanimous
Point of Interest: Here is a list of all the cancelled bouts since they started throwing this event together, which was originally set for London:
- 145 lbs - Charles Jourdain vs. Lerone Murphy: Murphy Visa Issues
- 135 lbs - Jonathan Martinez vs. Nathaniel Wood: Wood Withdrew
- 205 lbs - Paul Craig vs. Alexander Gustafsson: Gustafsson Injury
- 155 lbs - Marc Diakiese vs. Rafael Alves: Alves Withdrew
- 135 lbs - Jack Shore vs. Said Nurmagomedov: Nurmagomedov Withdrew
- 125 lbs - Taila Santos vs. Mandy Böhm: Santos Visa Issues
- 205 lbs - Magomed Ankalaev vs. Volkan Oezdemir: Bout Rescheduled
- 170 lbs - David Zawada vs. Sergey Khandozhko: Khandozhko Withdrew
- 125 lbs - Mandy Böhm vs. Ariane Lipski: Bout Rescheduled
- 125 lbs - Alex Perez vs. Matt Schnell: Bout Rescheduled
- 135 lbs - Jonathan Martinez vs. Marcelo Rojo: Martinez Withdrew Due to Botched Weight Cut
- 265 lbs - Tom Aspinall vs. Sergei Pavlovich: Pavlovich Visa Issues
- 135 lbs - Jack Shore vs. Zviad Lazishvili: Lazishvili Withdrew
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