UFC Fight Night 99: Results
Monday, 21 November 2016 | Carl
Gegard Mousasi easily won his rematch with the massively overrated and disappointing Uriah Hall on Saturday in Belfast. Mousasi came into the fight ranked no. 5 in the world, and quite honestly, a win over Hall shouldn’t move the needle all that much.
ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – MAY 08: Kyoji Horiguchi (L) of Japan and Neil Seery of Ireland compete in their Flyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night 87 at Ahoy on May 8, 2016, in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
There’s still champion Michael Bisping, Yoel Romero, Luke Rockhold, Jacare Souza, Chris Weidman and then everybody else. Mousasi is the most prominent of that subgroup, but this win did nothing to improve his stock.
Therefore, he isn’t one of the biggest winners from the Belfast event. Let’s take a look at the results and the three biggest winners and losers from Northern Ireland.
|Matchups ||Weight Class ||Result ||Bonus |
|Charlie Ward vs. Abdul Razak Alhassan ||Welterweight ||Alhassan by first-round TKO ||Alhassan- POTN |
|Brett Johns vs. Kwan Ho Kwak ||Men’s Bantamweight ||Johns by unanimous decision (30-27×3) || |
|Marion Reneau vs. Milana Dudieva ||Women’s Bantamweight ||Reneau by third-round TKO || |
|Zak Cummings vs. Alexander Yakovlev ||Welterweight ||Cummings by second-round submission (armbar) || |
|Justin Ledet vs. Mark Godbeer ||Heavyweight ||Ledet by first-round submission (rear-naked choke) ||Ledet- POTN |
|Anna Elmose vs. Amanda Cooper ||Women’s Strawweight ||Cooper by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28×2) || |
|Kevin Lee vs. Magomed Mustafaev ||Lightweight ||Lee by second-round submission (rear-naked choke) ||Lee – POTN |
|Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Ali Baugatinov ||Flyweight ||Horiguchi by unanimous decision (30-27×3) || |
|Magnus Cedenblad vs. Jack Marshmann ||Middleweight ||Marshmann by second-round TKO ||Marshmann – POTN |
|Artem Lobov vs. Teruto Ishihara ||Featherweight ||Lobov by unanimous decision (30-27×3) || |
|Timothy Johnson vs. Alexander Volkov ||Heavyweight ||Volkov by split decision (29-28×2, 27-30) || |
|Ross Pearson vs. Stevie Ray ||Lightweight ||Ray by unanimous decision (30-27×2, 27-30) || |
|Gegard Mousasi vs. Uriah Hall ||Middleweight ||Mousasi by first-round TKO || |
Mustafaev provided admirable competition for Lee, but the Detroit native’s wrestling proved to be too much. After a couple early setbacks in his career, the 24-year-old Lee is coming on strong–literally and figuratively.
After Lee’s submission victory over Mustafaev, he unleashed a profane rant. Lee targeted just about everyone in the lightweight division–even double-champion Conor McGregor who was in attendance. After he left the Octagon, he still wasn’t done calling out the division’s biggest names.
Fox Sports’ Damon Martin had more quotes from Lee:
Lee has some undeniable skills. I don’t think he’s ready for the best 155-pounders, but he’s making a name for himself in the Octagon and on the mic. He also earned himself one of the event’s performances of the night bonuses.
His win over Bagautinov wasn’t exactly thrilling, but Horiguchi has to be the next man to challenge for the UFC flyweight title after Demetrious Johnson faces the winner of the current season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Most expect Johnson to beat whomever he faces in that fight. Johnson defeated Horiguchi with a late submission in their first meeting. If we’re being honest, Johnson will probably beat Horiguchi again, but the Japanese fighter has at least positioned himself for another shot at the pound-for-pound king.
I had Ledet pegged as a striker, but he showed there’s more to his game with a submission win over Mark Godbeer. Ledet’s boxing skills are still his best attribute, but he looked very comfortable taking Godbeer’s back.
It’s a little early to call Ledet a legit heavyweight title contender, but he’s one to keep an eye on in the heavyweight division. He too was recognized with a performance bonus.
Ross Pearson is seen before his mixed martial arts bout at UFC Fight Night 81, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Boston. Trinaldo won via decision. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
After an odd split-decision loss–that should have been unanimous–Pearson has lost three fights in a row, and four of his last five. All five of those fights took place in 2016. Pearson has been in a number of brawls and he just doesn’t appear to have what it takes to beat any fighter of distinction in his weight class.
He may need to take some time off before stepping back into the Octagon.
Another fighter who has to be at a crossroads in his career is Bagautinov. He couldn’t handle Horiguchi on Saturday and it didn’t appear as though he could do any better if the two were to meet in a rematch. The gap was based on athleticism and that’s not going to change.
Bagautinov has now lost three of his last four fights. Retirement shouldn’t necessarily be on his mind, but you have to wonder what he’ll do next. He has lost to every legitimate flyweight in the UFC, and he’s not exactly a fan favorite.
He’s in a tough situation to say the least.
Uriah Hall is seen after the doctor stoppage against Ron Stallings during their fight at UFC Fight Night Boston, Sunday, January 18, 2015, in Boston. Hall won via first round TKO. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
If you made a list of the most disappointing fighters in UFC history, Hall’s name would have to be close to the top of it. Everyone knows how talented he is, but he almost never produces the type of performances you expect.
He has now lost three straight fights and could be on the cusp of getting a release if he loses his next bout. No one would have guessed he’d be in this position when he was dazzling audiences during season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter.