Sometimes a “low quality card”” gives us an amazing night of fights. Or, in the case of UFC Fight Night 107, an afternoon of them. Yesterday was always going to be fun regardless -- GGG vs. Jacobs (see full coverage here and Twitter reactions to the main event here) happened later on to some surprises, and we had NCAA wrestling, WSOF, and submission grappling as well. But UFC’s event in particular, for being a Fight Pass card, was especially fun.
Let’s take it from the top.
Jimi Manuwa led the way with a left hook that sent “Overtime” — the mixed martial artist formerly known as “Beastin’ 25-8” — floating face-first into the canvas with all the grace and life of a cardboard cutout blown by the wind.
Jimi Manuwa just landed an incredible one-punch, walk-off knockout in #UFCLondon #UFC #UFCFightNight107 pic.twitter.com/Z542b5EGVN— Johnny D (@JohneydD) March 18, 2017
Gunnar Nelson’s fight with Alan Jouban had a no less remarkable finishing sequence.
@GunniNelson rocks Jouban & gets the submission win!! What a performance!! #UFCLondon #UFCFightPass pic.twitter.com/cSuOSqk7rd— UFC (@ufc) March 18, 2017
Nelson stopped punching Jouban’s face because Jouban is pretty. That’s what being a Versace model will get you in the Octagon.
Gunnar Nelson said he didn't need to keep hitting Jouban. Submission presented itself and conceded Jouban is pretty so no need to punch more— Andrew McGahon (@andrewmcgahon_) March 18, 2017
I’m glad UFC’s social media team is using Gunni’s unique brand of personality effectively. “Extremely excited face.” Also — and close your eyes if you are reading this, UFC officials — how is Gunnar wearing non-Reebok gym gear?
It's almost time for the co-main event! @GunniNelson, w/ his extremely excited face, gets ready to make the walk! #UFCLondon pic.twitter.com/vg8ReAoKGM— UFC (@ufc) March 18, 2017
OHHHHHH THAT'S IT! @ChitoVeraUFC spoils Pickett's finale and gets the head kick KO! #UFCLondon on @UFCFightPass NOW! pic.twitter.com/f8XcslXu9Q— UFC (@ufc) March 18, 2017
It’s called a trilby, Ben. Get it right.
And Brad Pickett leaves his trademark hat on the blood-speckled floor of the cage as he leaves. A nice twist on an old tradition.— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) March 18, 2017
Seriously, though ... what a poignant moment.
The legend. @One_Punch. #CheersBrad #UFCLondon pic.twitter.com/Pct5JEx4Py— #UFCLondon (@UFCEurope) March 18, 2017
Amirkhani and Allen went at it in the main card opener. “Fight of the Night,” if there had been one. Amirkhani had a chin on him to take this shot:
BIG left lands for @ArnoldBFA!! #UFCLondon pic.twitter.com/v1JGmUWNjY— UFC (@ufc) March 18, 2017
Did you know they pranked Sean Shelby at the weigh-ins?
I missed this, but its hilarious to me. Also, my girl pointed out that you can’t claim you are too humble to be proud, like Allen did post-fight, with a nickname like “Almighty.”
Arnold Allen wins the decision, chastises the home crowd: "Stop saying I'm gonna lose on Facebook and Twitter."— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) March 18, 2017
Joe Duffy had a lot riding on this fight, and Reza “United States Secretary of Defense Mad Dog” Madadi didn’t make it easy on him, but he pulled out the win nevertheless.
Big slam by @RezaMaddog, but @Duffy_MMA w/ the beautiful reversal! #UFCLondon on @UFCFightPass ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/86giDiU5Qw— UFC (@ufc) March 18, 2017
Hopefully, he can negotiate the best deal possible with UFC, but if not, I hear Michael Chandler is looking for a fresh challenge.
That was the final fight Joseph Duffy's current UFC contract and he'll end it with a win. He told me he's keeping all options open now.— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) March 18, 2017
Another thing I didn’t know: (okay, okay, but the resemblance IS uncanny)
BREAKING: Gunnar Nelson arrested in London following his win over Alan Jouban.— JustBleedMMA (@JustBleedMMA) March 19, 2017
Details here ---> https://t.co/gtVIDhJJM2 pic.twitter.com/icvJaGBQMy
I thought this knockout was going to be the most incredible sequence of the night, and even after everything, maybe it still is. Watch the whole clip. Marc Diakese is for real. Legitimate. The truth.
OHHHH MYYYYYY!!!! @Marc_Diakiese STIFLES Packalen w/ a right hand in the FIRST ROUND! What. A. KO!!! #UFCLondon pic.twitter.com/c9wPu0j1uW— UFC (@ufc) March 18, 2017
This is much less spectacular, but one of the best imitations of “rock em sock em” robots ever.
Take one, give one, take one, give one!@Bodao_Oficial & @Darren_MMA are going AT IT on @UFCFIghtPass! #UFCLondon pic.twitter.com/c9Mh13VNAv— UFC (@ufc) March 18, 2017
The Rest of the Best
Kyle Snyder is a monster and he plans on competing in MMA. I want to see him fight Jon Jones some day.
Here's a look at the HUGE double leg takedown lift by Kyle Snyder to kick things off! #NCAAWrestling pic.twitter.com/xy5saMsw9Y— NCAA Wrestling (@ncaawrestling) March 19, 2017
If I’m NOT an amateur wrestling fan ... why would I tune in?
If you're not an amateur wrestling fan, do yourself a favor & tune into @espn now for some awesome action. Toughest athletes on the planet.— Michael Chandler (@MikeChandlerMMA) March 18, 2017
Maybe it was because stuff like this would make me a fan:
Damn, Cory Clark 133 NCAA champ on a blown out shoulder, comeback win too https://t.co/chBixpgr2k— BJJ Scout (@bjjscout) March 19, 2017
Mickey Gall completes the six second challenge:
Fastest KO in UFC history is six seconds. What can YOU do in that time? @MickeyGall#UFCLondon pic.twitter.com/NU4T7bXvnu— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) March 18, 2017
World Series of Fighting has its highlights on Twitter if you want to scroll through and purvey more violence.
#WSOF35 @LancePalmer vs. @Drethebull fight highlights. pic.twitter.com/aYtFtNB657— #WSOF35 (@MMAWorldSeries) March 19, 2017
#WSOF35 highlights from Islam Mamedov vs. Natan Schulte pic.twitter.com/cd5AX0e4f7— #WSOF35 (@MMAWorldSeries) March 19, 2017
Dan Hardy was (rightly) complimented on his mic skills by John Kavanagh. I especially appreciated how special he made Brad Pickett’s retirement moment.
Haha! Says the award winning author and trainer of champions! Thank you sir, that's a huge compliment. https://t.co/Zw7Ena7Jx5— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) March 19, 2017
You heard WSOF. Let them know how cool or uncool their ref cam is.
We want to hear what you guys think of the Ref Cam!— #WSOF35 (@MMAWorldSeries) March 19, 2017
Give us a if you like this POV! pic.twitter.com/p3xsPCLdSJ
Some post-fight matchmaking for you:
McGregor/Mayweather undercard:— The Naked Gambler (@NakedGambling) March 18, 2017
Manuwa vs Haye
Rumble vs Klitschko
Lobov vs Pacquiao
Holm vs Rousey 2
Now this I am very much down to see.
Gunnar Nelson vs Stephen Thompson?— Brian Jeffries (@FlyinBrianJ) March 18, 2017
Other violence from yesterday that you probably, definitely didn’t see:
Tech-Krep - WW Title Fight— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) March 18, 2017
Yaroslav Amosov (Ukraine) now 18:0 1R sub. (vs. Diogo Cavlcanti (Brazil)) An impressive finish! UFC now? pic.twitter.com/1FdWuqoNac
Tech-Krep - Evgeniy Belyaev 2R sub.(vs. Khussein Ammar) pic.twitter.com/nMh0GsT9Zf— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) March 18, 2017
Tech-Krep - Nutsalkhan Umakhanov deadly lowkick (def.Alexander Kozubenko by TKO) pic.twitter.com/EeTZkdPpx0— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) March 18, 2017
Tech-Krep - Bislan Shekhetel 1R sub.(vs. Pavel Pastunshkov ) pic.twitter.com/OuzYjtXfca— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) March 18, 2017
Tech-Krep - Khamzat Dzhabrailov def. Arsen Mirzoev by sub. Arsen not happy with this stoppage pic.twitter.com/OTWNTIGhCX— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) March 18, 2017
Hellbow KO! Denkeree Sakwichian KO's Yokponlek Sitkongwelt, wins 70 kg champ. belt, 50k baht prize & “SuperFighter” bonus (The Champion MT) pic.twitter.com/gU8cjDNsns— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) March 18, 2017
Good morning from The Hellbows Kingdom - Bandasak Sor. Tragoonpetch KO's Petchpairin Nayoktaweepptapong (The Champion MT) pic.twitter.com/8ijuzO4s71— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) March 18, 2017
#HK54 @SEANMICHAEL_100 what a finish! pic.twitter.com/5MW9dIklzG— Hard Knocks Fighting (@HKFighting) March 18, 2017
Uhhh, this is painful - Vyron Phillips breaks his ankle in 2R pic.twitter.com/ZfHaVE7G5P— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) March 18, 2017
Enjoy your Sunday, Maniacs!