Looking back at UFC VEGAS 53 let’s recap this weekend’s fight card aired on ESPN.
Brito finishes Fili in 41 seconds. Many of predictions favored Fili 88% and it seemed like a guarantee win for him, Brito’s desire to win drove his critics to silience. Brito celebrates his TKO finish in 41 seconds.
The co-main event was Andrei Arlovski vs Jake Collier. Arlovski made his UFC debut at UFC 28, a veteran in the heavyweights and this weekend he proved he is still in this game. The scorecards were used to determine the winner of this fight, Alrovski did win by unanimous decision but the judges scorecards did not match with Verdict’s score.
in a quote from Verdict
Andrei Arlovski made history as he tied Jim Miller and Donald Cerrone for the most wins in UFC history by defeating Jake Collier. However, that win came with some controversy as many believed that Collier won the fight. Every round of the fight was competitive, as each round on the Verdict Scorecard had a differential of less than 0.46. What was most surprising was the official decision itself. Judges Doug Crosby and Sal D’Amato scored the fight 29-28 for Andrei Arlovski while judge Michael Bell scored the fight 30-27 for Jake Collier. Any time one judge scores every round for a fighter and that fighter loses a decision, expect controversy to follow.
A very anticipated bantamweight bout did not disappoint and exceeded all expectations. Marlon Vera demonstrated in his first 5-round event he can go the distance with the best in the division. The first round started off strong for Font, but Vera found his rhrytm and was ending the rounds with Font hurt and on the ground for the rest of the fight.
Vera’s performance landed him a win with a score of 49-46 for two judges and 48-47 by unanimous decision, also with fight of the night bonus. With Vera on his 4th win a row he is great position to call out top contenders in the division.