UFC Fight Night Barnett vs. Nelson: Hall’s Double KO
Dragon Whips His Tail.
UFC Fight Barnett vs. Nelson (also called UFC Fight Night 75) took place two nights ago at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. The card was stacked but FTS was hyped for the Gegard Mousasi vs. Uriah Hall contest. Hall was a big underdog going into the match, but he’s a personal favorite. The full card was:
|Mizuto Hirota vs. Teruto Ishihara||Featherweight||Draw (29-28, 28-29, 29-29)|
|Katsunori Kikuno vs. Diego Brandao||Featherweight||Brandao by first-round TKO|
|Takeya Mizugaki vs. George Roop||Bantamweight||Mizugaki by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)|
|Kyoji Horiguchi vs.Chico Camus||Flyweight||Horiguchi by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)|
|Gegard Mousasi vs. Uriah Hall||Middleweight||Hall by second-round TKO|
|Josh Barnett vs. Roy Nelson||Heavyweight||Barnett by decision (48-47, 48-47, 50-45)|
MMA and combat sports more generally are a science. How to beat an opponent is a lot more technical than we think. But, let’s be honest–sometimes the best part of combat sports are vicious knockouts. UFC Fight Night 75 gave us one of the best double strikes in recent UFC history. Bleacher Report posted the perfectly executed kick and knee on Twitter.
— UFC (@ufc) September 27, 2015
BR wrote, “Hall drilled Mousasi with the kick and followed up with a devastating flying knee. Mousasi, remarkably, held on for a while, attempting to drag Hall down for a single-leg takedown, but the damage was done. Hall would continue throwing punches until the ref waved it off at the 25-second mark of Round 2.”
Hall reminded fans how much of a beast he could be in the Octagon. Mousasi dominated the first round, taking Hall to the mat and applied a couple of rear-naked chokes. Hall survived the first round and then turned in the highlight of the night. Mousasi deserves credit for having an amazing chin. But Hall’s kick was just an appetizer for his flying knee main course.
Note: If you don’t recognize the “dragon” line, what the hell is wrong with you. Go watch Bruce Lee in “Way of the Dragon” immediately.