Opinion: Three Stars of UFC 161
By Tony Kamps
Matchups on paper sometimes look great, but don’t always correlate to great fights inside the cage. With that being said, UFC 161 which took place at the MTS Centre in Canada still did have interesting outcomes and entertaining fights. Here are three stars of the night.
1. Shawn Jordan – In a battle of hard hitting heavyweights it was really just a matter of who landed flush first. Unfortunately for Barry that was Jordan who connected with some big uppercuts that dropped him, and then followed it up with devastating ground and pound. Jordan is a very young talented fighter, he’s only 28, and has big power to go along with an underrated ground game. If he can harness that power into a controlled anger he could be very dangerous in a very crowded heavyweight division.
2. James Krause – Making his UFC debut Krause utilized his length to keep Sam Stout outside in the first 2 rounds. Krause landed some very impressive combinations which also included a big head kick that opened a nasty cut above Stout’s right eye. Then in the third Krause locked in a very tight guillotine with less than 25 seconds left in the round and submitted Stout. It was his 8th victory in a row, and really showcased the talent that Krause has coming into a very talented lightweight division.
3. Stipe Miocic – When Roy Nelson entered the arena the crowd went insane, as he was the overwhelming crowd favorite. Miocic brushed that off and went on to dismantle Nelson worse than we have ever seen before inside the octagon. Every time Nelson would land a big punch Miocic would respond with 3-4 punch combos that would land clean and hard. There were a lot moments during the fight that it looked as if Nelson could be stopped for the first time since 2008. This victory puts Miocic back on track in the UFC’s heavyweight division.
Honorable Mention – Alexis Davis, Yves Jabouin, and Dustin Pague
Who were your three stars of UFC 161?