It was yet another fantastic night of UFC action in Las Vegas and a much needed distraction from the terrible events that took place earlier in the week.
Here’s what we learned on a night when we crowned a new interim UFC lightweight champion at UFC 216.
1. Demetrious Johnson Is The Greatest Fighter Of All Time…. No Arguments
— Jim Edwards (@MMA_Jim) October 8, 2017
What more can we say about the greatness of Demetrious Johnson? Last evening he beat the brakes off Ray Borg and he finished the fight with style points after hitting an armbar mid-flight after tossing Borg in the air with a suplex.
He was simply untouchable from start to finish and Borg just didn’t have answer for him.
Aside from a sole Tim Elliott rear-naked choke attempt, no one has come even close to beating Johnson since he was crowned the UFC flyweight champion.
With few challengers left for him now at 125-pounds, it’s perhaps time Johnson looked for a new challenge and moved up to 135-pounds in search for a second title.
Given what we’ve seen him do at flyweight, you can bet there’s a long list of bantamweights who will be hoping he stays where he is.
2. Tony Ferguson Is Coming After Conor McGregor
Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson is the new interim UFC lightweight title holder after beating Kevin Lee via a third round triangle submission.
Lee did well in the opening two rounds, but his conditioning was hampered by a staph infection and a subsequent hard weight cut.
Ferguson now has an incredible eleven wins in a round and unsurprisingly he’s got his eyes on a unification showdown with Conor McGregor.
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) October 8, 2017
Whether he gets it is another thing altogether, but for the minute at least, Ferguson has a UFC title strapped around his waist and that’s one thing you can bet a certain Irishman won’t like seeing or hearing about.
Ferguson on Mcgregor: the boy is scared. He hasn't mentioned my name once. He's in check, and I'm great at chess. Let's go next week. pic.twitter.com/dlQBG6V7aL
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) October 8, 2017
3. Kevin Lee Should Hold His Head Up High
Kevin Lee may have been on the wrong end of the result in the main event last evening, but there’s no way he should be hanging his head in shame.
The “Motown Phenom’ did well in round one and landed a variety of different strikes as he looked take the fight to Ferguson.
Lee eventually came unstuck in the third when Ferguson hit the triangle choke, but he took his defeat graciously and congratulated Ferguson for his win.
What’s next for Lee? The loser of Justin Gaethje vs. Eddie Alvarez could be a good one.
4. Fabricio Werdum Was Clinical
— UFC Brasil (@ufc_brasil) October 8, 2017
Say what you want about Fabricio Werdum, but when it comes to submission specialists in the UFC, he’s one of the best in the promotion.
Werdum took just 65-seconds dismantling late replacement Walt Harris and he ended the fight in impressive fashion.
Harris to his great credit took the fight on just a few hours notice, but truth be told he was totally exposed by Werdum who looked to be several leagues above his challenger.
— MMA.vaobhr (@vaobhr) October 8, 2017
What’s next for Werdum? Well if Cain Velasquez can get back to fitness then we could be looking at a rematch between the pair of the.
5. Mark Godbeer Did Himself Proud
— Mark Godbeer (@MarkGodbeerUK) October 8, 2017
It must have been a bitter pill for Mark Godbeer to swallow bring pulled off the card last minute, but he couldn’t have taken the decision better.
Before the event even got underway the craziness began when the UFC announced that Derrick Lewis had pulled out of his fight with Fabricio Werdum.
Godbeer’s scheduled opponent Walt Harris then stepped up to take on the Brazilian at short notice and that unfortunately left Godbeer without a dance partner.
The British fighter could’ve thrown all his toys out the pram at this point, but instead he took the decision like a man.
Hopefully we will see the man from Bridgwater, Somerset matched up for UFC 217 next month.
6. Lando Vannata And Bobby Green Are Savages
Lando Vannata and Bobby Green are seldom involved in bad fights and last evening they put on one of the best fights of the year.
Aside from an inadvertent illegal knee from Vannata in round one, the action was relentless and both men were battered and bruised from the wild exchanges.
— UFC (@ufc) October 8, 2017
The judges scored the fight a majority draw and it was ultimately the right decision.
Make sure you watch this fight if you get the opportunity.
7. Well Done The UFC And Las Vegas
— UFC (@ufc) October 8, 2017
Finally, hats off to both the UFC and the people of Las Vegas for putting the tragic events of this past week to one and bringing together the community for a night of entertainment.
The UFC have been fantastic all week and they did a lot more than just donate $1 million to the people directly affected.
Last night they showed their class and it was great to see they put all efforts they could into the #VegasStrong campaign and they capped it off with an event no one will ever forget.