UFC Argentina: Biggest Winners and Losers
The Argentina crowd was intense and given a great night of fighting, let’s take a look at some of our biggest winners & losers…
Khalil Rountree Jr.
With his amazing KO of Gohkan Saki still fresh in our minds, Rountree got a taste of his own KO medicine. Walker took center stage and is bringing a much needed exciting prospect to 205. Rountree was noticeably smaller compared to the Contender Series product, Walker was able to use his strength at his own will.
First off Elkins is and always will be respected in my book, I love the guy, he puts everything on the line each and every fight. Lamas dominated this one and looked as close as we have seen to his prime in this fight. Elkins nearly never gets finished and he took a TKO loss home taking (as usual) a plethora of damage. Elkins will be back as always, but is the damage starting to add up?
A winner of 5 straight, some dominant performances included in that span, but that ended Saturday night. Botelho was dominated and finished inside 1 round by submission. Botelho walked away with extra money and knowing she made the correct weight, which can’t be said of Calvillo, but Botelho faces a tough loss that will lower her in the rankings.
Cannetti was the lone hometown hero to not take home a win. Cannetti came in strong in round 1, looking dominant at times, but Chito Vera ended the night early for the hometown fighter. Cannetti still put on a good performance, but the reason I throw him in this spot is just the idea of if he had win how great it would have been in the moment and for his career, he will be back.
After losing his 2 previous fights, Lamas was pretty much cast into a gatekeeper role in the featherweight division. Now I am not casting him the next contender because of one win but this one was impressive, he did what no one has done since 2013, finish Elkins. This is the best we have seen out of Lamas in a long time, so this was a big win for the Bully.
Calvillo on Friday morning looked as if she needed to be pulled from the card, she missed weight and lost 20% of her purse. It is hard though to not have her performance completely outweigh the weight problems. A dominant win for a woman that seemed to nearly pass out on the scale only a day before.
Marlon Vera is known for his slow starts, and that was in full effect on Saturday night. What looked like it would be a tough night for the Ecuadorian fighter, quickly turned around in round 2, Chito wobbled his opponent and finished the fight on the ground via rear naked choke. Chito Vera continues to be a premiere bantamweight and still has never been finished in his career.
Wow, what an amazing debut for this light heavyweight from Brazil. Walker not only had a dominating win over a respected contender, but he made Rountree look tiny compared to himself. I mean he was nearly tossing him around, and Rountree is far from small. Walker is going to be a problem, and I don’t think it is going too far saying the light heavyweight division should be on notice from this performance. Look for Dana to quickly turn Walker into a walking promotion.
Headlining the card, in his backyard, what a special night for Ponz, and he did not disappoint. First off, there is a reason I didn’t put Magny in my loser column, this was two of the toughest welterweight contenders on the planet, both came to win. Ponzinibbio not only gave punishment but took it too, to the point the doctor had to check on a cut over the eye. Santiago fought near perfectly, continuously taking notes on where Magny was showing clear signs of pain (i.e. Eye and Leg) and continued attacking these areas. Most noticeably Ponzinibbio showed an amazing amount of patience not to rush a finish, and finally, he landed his big shot. That is 7 in a row for the hometown man, and Dana White needs to really give this man a chance at the top 5 in the stacked welterweight division.