The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the injury day last night (Saturday 14 July 2018) with the UFC Fight Night 133 from Inside CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho, live and free at Fox Sports 1. Event saw Junior Dos Santos defeat Blagoy Ivanov by unanimous decision after five rounds of main event action (recap). In the interplay, Sage Northcutt ended Zak Ottow to win his third straight win on Welterweight.
Biggest winner: Chad Mendes
Two years on the sidelines due to a failed drug test managed by USADA did nothing to slow down Chad Mendes, because "money" looked as if he had not skipped a blow in his first match against the Miles Jury. Halfway through the opening round, Chad Jury clung with a fuzzy left that let him go. That followed was a vintage Chad Mendes field-and-pound beatdown, when he took it to the jury until the referee had no choice to put an end to the penalty. It's a huge victory for "Money", which also gave him a cool $ 50,000 in the "Performance of the Night" awards.
His return also strengthens the Bantamweight Division, which currently seems to be a treman game with music chairs with T.J. Dillashaw, Cody Garbrandt and Dominick Cruz. While he may need some more winnings before returning "in the mix" to the title, I'm prepared to bet Mendes can get there quite quickly because he's likely to have a quick turn.
Runner Up: Sage Northcutt
Do not look now, but "Super" has its first three-stroke win in Octagon, when the young upward coming star finally begins to find its track after settling on the Welterweight Division. And he made his last profit by showing that he can overcome the adversity. After losing in the first round, which initially looked as if he were out, Northcutt shook off the spider web to storm back and made a stop win in the next round. Although he is still far from the title number, Sage has shown significant improvements since he debuted a few years ago. If he can secure a few more wins, we can see Sage climb up instead rather than later and start to force himself into the title conversation. In addition, it seems to be his move to Team Alpha. It has proved to be a recipe for success. That, and he no longer interferes with school work.
Largest loser: Dennis Bermudez
I do not mean Dennis has worked, but his division decision stroke to Rick Glenn was his fourth straight loss in Octagon, who could put his UFC career in danger. It seems that it was not long ago that he drove seven matches that lasted over two years, even defeating Max Holloway during that time. But over his last eight fights, Dennis has lost six of them, including his current ski. Where he goes from here is someone's guess, but Bermudez's future in Octagon is definitely now in limbo. Was everything wrong, because Dennis is unknown, but he better corrects his ship before it just drowns if the campaign wants to give him an attempt to get back to the winning column. There is an opportunity he can see as how the decision was very questionable.
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