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UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Thompson Parting Shots

By on June 20, 2016

UFC FN 89I know, I know. It’s a new division and all, but after two fights at welterweight, Donald Cerrone has done what he needed to do for me to consider him right in the mix for a future title shot. I don’t believe that you have to start from scratch in a new division, and an 8-1 record in his last nine fights at lightweight before moving up certainly carry weight, as well.

The best thing about Cerrone’s win over Patrick Cote is that Cote has a sturdy chin and the fight showed that Cerrone has enough power to back guys up at 170 pounds. With MacDonald losing, Woodley already getting a shot, and Condit and Hendricks not figuring to be in the picture, only Stephen Thompson and Demian Maia realistically have a better claim to a shot later this year than Cerrone right now.

If Cerrone wins his next fight, a title shot should be his for the taking, especially consider the type of fan base he’s built up with his frequent fights and consistent wins.

Adventures in Judging

How close was Stephen Thompson’s win over Rory MacDonald? Well, of 26 media members listed on, only one gave MacDonald more than one round, and 19 gave no rounds to him (We won’t talk about the Wrestling Observer’s Peter Harrison, who is apparently recovering from eye surgery and scored the fight 48-47 MacDonald).

Yet somehow, Sal D’Amato managed to give two rounds to MacDonald and turn in a scorecard that would insinuate that something besides a one-sided fight where one party looked thoroughly disinterested in competing had occurred. Bravo, Sal.

Movin’ On Up Award

Joanne Calderwood got off to a rocky start to her UFC career after coming from Invicta with an unblemished 8-0 record. After her loss against Maryna Moroz, though, she has put together two straight victories and dominated Valerie Letourneau even before she got the stoppage in round three.

Beautiful Loser Award

Sean O’Connell has to win this as he dropped a unanimous decision in a hellacious bout with Steve Bosse. The two won deserving Fight of the Night bonuses after their fight. It was one of those fights where it’s a bummer that either guy had to lose, although Bosse has to feel pretty good about winning two straight since he dropped his UFC debut to Thiago Santos in just 29 seconds last year.

Holy $#!% Award

Krzysztof Jotko wins this one for his outstanding finish of Tamdan McCrory. Jotko perfectly timed his counter left hook and those hammerfists on the ground afterwards? Vicious.

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