Finishes were rare during the UFC Fight Night 27 main card, but most of the bouts were entertaining.
I wouldn’t go as far as to compare it to the inaugural UFC on Fox Sports 1 card, but, given the fact the free Wednesday night card was more entertaining than some of the pay-per-view events the Ultimate Fighting Championship has held this year, you won’t get any complaints from me.
Here are the results of the UFC Fight Night 27 fight card held on Aug. 28, at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind:
Carlos Condit def. Martin Kampmann
Kampmann controlled the first round with his wrestling much like he did during their first fight, but Condit quickly made the necessary adjustments. Carlos took over the fight during the second round, landing crisp combinations, thwarting several of Kampmann’s takedown attempts.
By the end of round three, Kampmann was a bloody mess, and “The Natural Born Killer” put him away during the fourth round with a barrage of punches and knees against the cage.
Rafael dos Anjos def. Donald Cerrone
Dos Anjos made a strong statement at UFC Fight Night 27, outclassing Cerrone striking-wise during the first two rounds of their encounter. Cerrone tried to mount a comeback during the final round, finally landing a few significant strikes, but it was close to being enough to make up for the beating he received during the first two rounds.
All three judges scored the bout 29-28 in favor of dos Anjos.
Kelvin Gastelum def. Brian Melancon
Gastelum went right to work at UFC Fight Night 27, dropping Melancon with an uppercut early in the first round. He quickly sank in his hooks and locked up a rear-naked choke, forcing the tap at 2:26 of round one.
Court McGee def. Robert Whittaker
Whittaker was given his toughest test at UFC Fight Night 27, and the 22-year-old held his own. He showcased his effective countering and solid takedown defense throughout the bout, but the judges didn’t think it was enough to make up for McGee’s constant aggression.
I personally gave Whittaker the nod, but only one judge agreed, scoring the bout 30-27 in Robert’s favor, while the other two scored it 30-27 and 29-28 for McGee.
Takeya Mizugaki def. Erik Perez
Perez got off to a good start at UFC Fight Night 27, showcasing his well-rounded skills, but Mizugaki was able to make the necessary adjustments as the fight progressed. Takeya landed multiple hard shots during the second round, and he effortlessly stuffed several of Perez’ takedown attempts. Mizugaki kept it up during the final round, and he looked good grappling-wise as well, coming close to forcing the tap via rear-naked choke when the fight hit the canvas.
Perez showed a lot of heart by surviving what looked like a very tight choke, but, at the end of the day, Mizugaki was simply the better fighter.
All three judges scored the bout 29-28, with two giving Mizugaki the nod.
Brad Tavares def. Bubba McDaniel
Tavares quickly established himself as the better striker at UFC Fight Night 27, but “Bubba” didn’t go down without a fight. McDaniel landed a few decent shots of his own during the fight, and he almost pulled off the come-from-behind upset during the third round, keeping Tavares on his back for a majority of the round, threatening with a few submission.
Unfortunately, for Bubba, it was too little too late, and all three Octagon-side judges scored the fight 29-28 in Tavares’ favor.
Dylan Andrews def. Papy Abedi (KO, round one)
Brandon Thatch def. Justin Edwards (TKO, round one)
Darren Elkins def. Hatsu Hioki (unanimous decision)
Jason High def. James Head (guillotine choke, round one)
Zak Cummings def. Ben Alloway (brabo choke, round one)
Roger Bowling vs. Abel Trujillo (ruled a no contest due to illegal knees thrown by Trujillo)