UFC 224 is probably one of the major signs that UFC has a major star on their hand in Mackenzie Dern. In her 2nd fight in the octagon, Dern managed to be third name on the card and judging by the social media talk she was likely the most talked about performer last night. Now some of that wasn’t positive however there’s definitive star potential there. The other prominent Brazilian on the card, Ronaldo Jacare fell on hard times as Gastelum’s chin proved very resistant.
Maia and Jacare are the only two fighters in the UFC who can reliably pull opponents on top of them with the reasonable hope of reversing position without much issue.
— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) May 13, 2018
— UFC (@ufc) May 13, 2018
How can Jacare look this tired and still land this many punches? How is that even happening?
— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) May 13, 2018
What a fight. Crazy chins on both, but Gastelum never even looked phased and Jacare cracked him multiple times. Souza was in zombie mode for 2 rounds. 29-28 Kelvin
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) May 13, 2018
In the end match went to a decision for Gastelum.
Elsewhere Amanda Nunes completely dismantled Pennington. In round one Nunes came in heavy with leg kicks and dominated the entire bout. By round 4 Pennington’s nose was badly broken and she’d told her corner “I’m done”
Pennington's corner sending her back out there after she said she was done for another vicious beating is criminal.
— Patrick Wyman (@Patrick_Wyman) May 13, 2018
This is incredibly uncomfortable to watch. “We’ll recover later”? What? And throughout this no technical advice is shared. Just a pep talk and a refusal to listen to their fighter. Pennington, who is the epitome of a fighter, deserves better than this. https://t.co/WONNOWHWzN
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) May 13, 2018
— #UFCChile: Maia vs. Usman on BT Sport (@btsportufc) May 13, 2018
Elsewhere Aleksei Oleinik once again placed his tradmark nogi ezekiel :
Aleksei Oleinik finishes the fight with yet another Ezekiel choke. pic.twitter.com/UambFMvU57
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) May 13, 2018
Davi Ramos finished Heim on the undercard:
— UFC Aus/New Zealand (@UFC_AUSNZ) May 13, 2018
Amanda Nunes def. Raquel Pennington via fifth-round TKO (2:36) (live blog)
Kelvin Gastelum def. Jacare Souza via split decision (live blog)
Mackenzie Dern def. Amanda Cooper via submission (RNC) (1, 2:27) (live blog)
John Lineker def. Brian Kelleher via third-round KO (3:43) (live blog)
Lyoto Machida def. Vitor Belfort via second-round KO (1:00) (live blog)
Cezar Ferreira def. Karl Roberson via submission (arm-triangle choke) (R1, 4:45)
Oleksiy Oliynyk def. Junior Albini via submission (ezekiel choke) (R1, 1:45)
Davi Ramos def. Nick Hein via submission (RNC) (1st, 4:15)
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos def. Sean Strickland via first-round KO (3:12)
Warlley Alves def. Sultan Aliev via second-round TKO (doctor’s stoppage, 5:00)
Jack Hermansson def. Thales Leites via third-round TKO (2:10)
Ramazan Emeev def. Alberto Mina via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Markus Perez def. James Bochnovic via submission (RNC) (1st, 4:28)