Rating UFC 227
Another UFC PPV is in the books, and history was made at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Did the streak of good UFC PPVs continue with the 227th edition? I've gone through and rated all of the biggest happenings from the weekend's card on a 0-5 star system.
Thiago Santos def. Kevin Holland: 3.5 stars
The opening bout of the main card was an under-the-radar middleweight bout between DWTNCS alumni Kevin Holland and UFC veteran Thiago "Marreta" Santos. Santos dominated the UFC newcomer in the first, scoring a 10-8 round on 2 of the 3 judges scorecards. Holland, however, came back to win the second round before losing a unanimous decision. With the fight being a fun and relatively back-and-forth affair, it was a pretty damn good start to the PPV card.
JJ Aldrich def. Polyana Viana - 2.5 stars
JJ Aldrich extended her UFC win streak to 3 by ending Polyana Viana's 6 fight win streak that dated back to 2014. While the fight certainly wasn't dull, it suffered because of it's placement on an action-packed main card.
Renato Moicano submits Cub Swanson - 3 stars
Renato Moicano earned the biggest victory of his career by submitting fan favorite and hometown hero Cub Swanson in the PPV's middle bout. While Moicano looks poised to start climbing the featherweight rankings, Killer Cub has racked up a 3 fight skid since his win over Artem Lobov.
Henry Cejudo def. Demetrious Johnson - 4 stars
In a rematch of their 2016 meeting, Olympic Gold Medalist Henry Cejudo brought an end to the most successful title reign in UFC history with a split decision victory against Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson in UFC 227's co-main event. A back-and-forth fight led to an extremely close decision, and cries of a "robbery" from MMA Twitter. As ridiculous as that may be (PLEASE @ me), it sets up an easy rubber match that would in all likelihood be the division's most anticipated match up. Whether the UFC takes that route or decides to put Henry against TJ Dillashaw, the 31 year old has hit the reset button for the majority of the UFC's lightest male division.
TJ Dillashaw KO's Cody Garbrandt - 3.75 stars
The main event featured another rematch between former Team Alpha Male cohorts. The 2nd ended the same as the 1st: with gold around TJ Dillashaw's waist. The first round finish was the 5th championship victory for Dillashaw, and the 1st defense in his 2nd run as the Bantamweight champion. Whether his next fight is a superfight against Henry Cejudo or a rematch with Dominick Cruz, Dillashaw would be looking to add to an already very impressive resume in the UFC.
Overall Rating: 3.5 stars
UFC 227 furthered a run of really fun PPVs of late with a lot of action and no real let downs. Thiago Santos put together another impressive performance, Kevin Holland had an exciting debut in the UFC, JJ Aldrich is emerging as a contender at 115, Renato Moicano had a statement win, Henry Ceujdo made history & shook up the flyweight division and TJ & Cody gave us another exciting title bout that 135 has become known for. Really fun card, and another big win for a couple of the lighter divisions in MMA.