1. Impressive Debut for Grasso
To kick off the main card, octagon newcomer Alexa Grasso took on Heather Jo Clark. In the bout, Mexico’s Grasso showed that she belongs among the elite in the strawweight division, soundly beating Clark via decision. Grasso demonstrated skills in all facets of the game, beating Clark standing up, in the clinch, and on the ground. Although she only won with the scores of 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28, I feel that Grasso could have easily had a 10-8 first round because she was landed nearly double the strikes than her opponent did, as well as stuffing a takedown. All in all, this fight shows great promise for the 23-year-old fighting out of Guadalajara.
2. “The Bully” Beats Oliveira
After losing 2 of his last three fights, Ricardo Lamas wanted to make a statement in Mexico City. After his opponent, Charles Oliveira, missed weight by 9 pounds, Lamas insisted that the fight go on. In the fight, he did not disappoint, choking out the heavier opponent with a guillotine. This was almost the second fight in the past month that Lamas would have lost, as he was booked to fight BJ Penn and headline the UFC Manila card before Penn pulled out due to injury and the UFC scrapped the event totally due to the possibility of fighters being arrested for failing a drug test. He looked impressive in his victory, showing that his jiu-jitsu is world class. He also bounced back from what was likely a round win for his opponent, showing the 34 year old Chicago native is still resilient and a force to be reckoned with in the 145 pound divison.
3. “El Cucuy” Wins War of Attrition
The main event of the card pitted former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos and Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson. In a war in which both fighters landed over 100 significant strikes, with Ferguson landing nearly 200, it is without a doubt that the two gave it their all. Although this could have very much been a title fight a few months prior, this likely and justly was the No. 1 contender match with Ferguson likely to fight the winner of this weekend’s showdown between Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez. This is a long time coming for Ferguson, who is on an astounding 9 fight win streak. As for Dos Anjos, from being one of the best in the division’s history to now losing two straight, needs to get a win in his next fight to restore confidence and get back on track.