UFC Copenhagen has come to a close. #9 ranked middleweight, Jared Cannonier finishes #5 ranked Jack Hermansson in the main event to close out the event via TKO (ground and pound) stoppage in the second round. This leaves many to wonder how this shakes up the insanely stacked middleweight division. Lets take a look at how the rest of the main card played out.
- Jared Cannonier def. Jack Hermansson via KO/TKO Round 2
- Mark Madsen def. Danilo Belluardo via KO/TKO Round 1
- Gilbert Burns def. Gunnar Nelson via Decision (3 rounds)
- Ion Cutelaba def. Khalil Rountree via KO/TKO Round 1
- Ovince Saint Preux def. Michal Oleksiejczuk via Submission Round 2
- Nicolas Dalby def. Alex Oliveira via Decision (3 rounds)
It was a pretty good event. A lot of interesting shakeups. A lot of interesting finishes. Ovince Saint Preux secured a submission victory with his 4th von flue choke finish in his career. Yeah I said that correctly. Fourth Von Flue choke. That’s pretty impressive. Maybe it really should be called the Von Preux Choke from now on. Even though I believe OSPs shot at another title run is coming to a close, he’s still dangerous in the light heavyweight division even at 36 years old.
Mark Madsen made a successful UFC debut in UFC fight night 160’s co-main event with a victory over Danilo Belluardo in dominating fashion. Mark Madsen is a retired Olympic silver medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling. He’s also competed in plenty of world championships. His current MMA record now stands at 9-0.
Alex Oliveira losing streak continues to three straight losses and Gunnar Nelsons woes continue, dropping 3 of his last 4 fights. Can either fighter get back into the consistent winning column? Gunnar Nelsons last victory, was over Alex Oliveira with a rear naked choke late last year. Alex Oliveira’s last victory was September of last year where he finished Carlo Pedersoli Jr. with a KO inside the first round. Perhaps a Oliveira vs Nelson rematch makes sense at this point?
Jared Cannonier made some waves in a very deadly middleweight division in the main event. He defeated #5 ranked Jack Hermansson in the 2nd round with a vicious TKO. Jared Cannonier tried making a case for the next title shot, but me personally, I think he needs a couple more solid wins. Cannonier is making a pretty strong resume I may add though. Out of his 13 victories, 11 of them have been finishes (9KO/TKO, 2 submissions). His current win streak now sits at 3. He’s defeated David Branch, Anderson Silva and now Jack Hermansson. Whos next for Jason Cannonier? Here are the current top 10 Middleweight rankings. (rankings before Fight night 160).
- Robert Whittaker (c)
- Israel Adesanya
- Paulo Costa
- Yoel Romero
- Kelvin Gastelum
- Jack Hermansson
- Ronaldo Souza
- Chris Weidman
- Derek Brunson
- Jared Cannonier
Jared Cannonier should move up a few spots. There’s definitely no shortage of straight killers. There are no easy matchups here. I can definitely see a possible fight with Yoel Romero or Kelvin Gastelum next. Regardless, the Middleweight division is ridiculously full of talent. Certainly one of the best divisions in all of UFC right now.
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