Tim Caplan – News Editor
On Saturday Oct. 6, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) held their UFC 229 Pay Per View (PPV) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card kicked off at 10 p.m. EST.
The fight card began with a matchup of two veteran women flyweight fighters Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson fighting out of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Felice Herrig of Chicago, Illinois. Waterson won a unanimous decision victory dominating Herrig on the feet and ground.
Heavyweight strikers Alexander Volkov and Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis then fought a hard back and forth battle, which ended in spectacular knockout by Lewis with just 38 seconds remaining in the final round.
Then commenced one of the greatest UFC fights to have occurred this year. Anthony “Showtime Pettis” has been on a journey back from the top ever since he lost his title to Rafael Dos Anjos back in 2015. Showtime has taken losses and experienced a loss in confidence that all of those watching could notice. Pettis finally showed the flashy, reckless, inhibition free version of himself that won him the title. Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson pace was just too much for Pettis, as he has shown before against previous opponents, even coming back from a surgery after just six months.
The fight began slow as Pettis landed his overhand right and right outside leg kicks with consistency. Ferguson’s patented chaos ensued in the second round as he opened his chin up by throwing haymaker kicks to the body and hooks from both hands, Pettis landed a solid right cross that buckled Ferguson and sent him to the canvas as Pettis swarmed. Pettis’ momentum was unbelievably stopped by a referee trying to inspect a cut on his right hairline. The second round continued and Ferguson turned the tides with several lethal left hooks to the body. Pettis ended the round with a cartwheel kick to the head, but what followed was a disappointment to the millions of fans watching around the world. Pettis broke his hand and his lifelong coach, Roufusport MMA head coach Duke Roufus decided to end the fight in between the second and third rounds.
The main event between Russia’s Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov and Ireland’s “The Notorious” Conor Mcgregor began at around 1 a.m. EST. This was a classic wrestler versus striker fight, with Khabib’s world class combat sambo going up against Mcgregor’s world class Irish boxing. Khabib shot immediately to Conor’s legs and remained top control for the entire round, hitting Conor with punches to the faces. The second round surprised everyone watching as the grappling genius from Dagestan dropped the Irishman with a right hook to the jaw. The third round was contested mostly on the feet but in the fourth round Khabib got another takedown and finished Mcgregor on the ground with a neck crank to retain his UFC 155 pound lightweight world title belt. Khabib then jumped into the crowd and a brawl ensued between he and Mcgregor’s teammates. The controversy at the end definitely took away from Khabib’s impressive win over the two time world champion. Khabib will most likely fight number one contender Tony Ferguson next.