Bryce's Three More Rounds: UFC Chicago

Three More Rounds: Bryce's post fight thoughts - UFC Chicago

1. Jason Knight: Promising Prospect

In the second bout of the evening, Jason Knight and Jim Alers scrapped for 15 minutes. Alers, a grappler with 9 submission wins to his credit, could not seem to keep the brawler Knight down. Knight, however, was able to execute very well in all areas, landing clean strikes the entire fight. Between his bad back piece, high cut shorts, and fighting style, he reminds me of Donald Cerrone. Knight ended up winning via split decision, and he also ended up with a cool $50,000 bonus for FOTN. He is someone to keep your eye on.  2. Francis Ngannou is Must See TV

When I saw that Francis Ngannou was on this card, I circled the fight, as he is a beast of a man. He did not disappoint, ending his opponent in the first round. He has heavy hands and a killer instinct, a combination that can take a man far in the heavyweight division. With the dismantling of yet another fighter, I hope the UFC realizes how good Ngannou is and gives him a top 15 fight next.  3. Edson Barboza: Professional Leg Kicker

In the co-main event, Gilbert Melendez made his octagon return against deadly striker Edson Barboza. With that being said, Melendez had the worst possible game plan: hang and bang with Barboza. It did not work well for him. Barboza established the leg kick early, causing immense bruising on Melendez's leg. Realizing his mistake too late, Melendez tried taking down Barboza, but to no avail. Barboza dominated Melendez, winning by unanimous decision. This was a huge win for Edson, showing he can hang with lightweight elite. 

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