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UFC 211 Parting Shots

By on May 15, 2017

JoannaUFC 211 was a solid night of fights that was thankfully free of the kind of controversy we’ve seen in a number of recent high-profile bouts. It was also free of title changes, as both UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic and UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk retained their titles without a whole lot of trouble.

Which one is more vulnerable? It would have to be Miocic. Although Miocic has grown by leaps and bounds over the last couple of years of his career, he is still in a very volatile division marked by athletes with the kind of power that can instantly change a fight.

Meanwhile, Jedrzejczyk does not face that kind of power at just 115 pounds. In addition, she has the kind of hold over her division that is perhaps only exceeded by Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson’s dominance over the flyweight division.

Finally, Miocic has a more tenuous grip on his title because Jedrzejczyk does not have a Cain Velasquez waiting in the wings. Velasquez is the last real hurdle between Miocic and a lengthy run with the belt. Until Miocic beats Cain, it’s hard to say that he’s likely to be champ for the forseeable future.

Movin’ On Up Award

Chase Sherman had his back against the wall when he stepped in against Rashad Coulter on the UFC 211 undercard. Sherman had lost both of his UFC bouts so far, including a disappointing KO loss to Walt Harris just four months ago. With Coulter entering the UFC on a five-fight winning streak and with all eight of his wins coming by KO or TKO, Sherman had a lot on his plate.

He responded by absolutely destroying Coulter with leg kicks in the first round and then picking him apart in the second, eventually landing a vicious standing elbow for the win.

Beautiful Loser Award

With apologies to Jorge Masvidal, this goes to Jessica Andrade, not because she simply lasted five rounds against Joanna Jedrzejczyk, but because she never stopped pursuing a finish. In a fight where it was clear early on that Andrade would not win a decision, she hunted for a fight-changing strike the entire 25 minutes and kept moving forward with purpose.

Holy $#!% Award

Anytime there’s a high-profile heavyweight bout on the card, it’s a favorite to take this award. This night was no different, as Miocic’s sudden knockout of dos Santos was the best candidate for the leave-your-seat moment of the night.

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