Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight upstarts Augusto Montano and Chris Heatherly looked for their first Octagon victory last night (Nov. 15, 2014) at UFC 180 inside Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico.
Heatherly's debut was extremely disappointing, as he was caught in an omoplata in the very first win. To help erase the memory of that performance, "Stump" needed to be dominant last night.
On the other hand, Montano is one of the most experienced Mexican veterans around and was looking to deliver a quality performance. Coming out of Greg Jackson's MMA, there was quite a bit of pressure on "Dodger" to walk away with a win.
The Mexican fighter lived up to expectations and delivered a violent victory.
Early on, Heatherly shot for a takedown, which was initially stopped. However, Heatherly transitioned nicely and winded up on top. From his back, Montano hunted for submissions before suddenly rolling away and escaping to his feet.
Back on their feet, Montano began landing some hard shots and stuffing Heatherly's takedown attempts. At one point, Montano landed a flurry of knee strikes to the head and body that looked to be a near finish, but Heatherly fired back with a big hook.
Heatherly then landed a big uppercut before attempting to shoot again. "Stump" was clearly getting tired, as he pulled guard off of one of failed shots. Montano landed some ground strikes before the fight moved back to the feet.
Not long after, Heatherly again covered up while leaning against the fence. "Dodger" latched onto a Muay Thai clinch and landed a series of knees to the head and body once again. Referee John McCarthy gave Heatherly plenty of time to show he was still in the fight, but was forced to call the bout because Heatherly did not defend himself.
Montano looked great. He showed some savvy from the bottom position to work to his feet, and his overall takedown defense was quite solid. Of all the Mexican fighters debuting on this card, Montano looked to be the most complete.
In addition, Montano showed real composure. He was slightly stiff early on, but he quickly loosened up and released numerous heavy shots. Once he smelled blood, Montano aggressively chased the finish and put a consistent stream of damage on Heatherly, forcing the wrestler to fold.
For his next bout, Montano will likely get matched up with a fellow striker somewhere in the middle of the 170-pound division such as Chris Clements.
Heatherly is simply too raw at this point in his career. He's a decent wrestler, but neither his striking nor grappling are at a high enough level to compete. In addition, he's likely too small for the welterweight division and would benefit from a drop to Lightweight.
A couple years on the regional circuit would definitely help his game.
At UFC 180, Augusto Montano thoroughly smashed Chris Heatherly in the very first round. How high can "Dodger" climb inside the UFC?
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