Anyone know what happened with Aspinall's Knee yet? Another cracking weekend for British MMA, the main event only last a few minutes but it was already warming up to be a cracker, some of those early shots were full of intent.
The atmosphere in the O2 sounded electric, especially during Paddy's walkout.
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Lee for Team This MMA Life ・ Jul 17 ・ 3 min read
It seems like Paddy Pimplett's submission game is pretty darn good. They way he kept Jordan Leavitt's arm in place whilst searching for that rear naked choke hold was the highlight of the night for me.
Molly with another spinning back elbow 💪.
What did you guys think?
Top comments (18)
Enjoyed most of the fights from prelims to main. Shame about the main fight going the way it did, Aspinall is a real joy to watch.
Nathaniel Wood looked really intelligent fighter and hoping to see lots more of him in the next year and hope he stays injury free.
Great show from Molly & Paddy again. In a way I thought this was Paddy's best fight because he had an actual challenge in his opponent, and he showed that he could deal with someone who wants to push him up against the fence and wrap him up and STILL turn around the tables on them to get a great cheeky choke.
Also great callouts from Paddy for men suffering with mental health. Clearly he was rough going into that fight, wasn't completely switched on and now we can understand why. But he STILL got the job done.
100% agree - Nathaniel Wood looked world class IMO. Just what he needed
Oh I didn't acually see this. Do you know what the story is there? I think I saw that his Twitter account had been suspended again?
idk about Twitter account being suspended... but the mental health story is his friend committed suicide and he was notified in the early hours of Thursday morning. So then had to deal with that while trying to cut horrendous weight for Friday weigh-ins... and then hydrate and fight!
☹️ that’s really sad.
Not as good as the last UFC London, something was missing, not quite sure what it was.. i'll keep thinking about it.
Atmosphere looked incredible, I think the hype on Paddy is a bit too much at present, great speech at the end mind you. Need more combat sports athletes talking about mental health.
I am going to watch it back later today. Shame about Tom, he really did load up on the low kick and the exchanges from Blaydes looked accurate and powerful. Agree with @ogaddmma on the footwork going forwards, it's what makes him really exciting IMO.
I'll rewatch and report back
Okay yeah, I was gonna write something but I just didn't have the heart to do it given everything that happened so I'm gonna post all of my thoughts here.
I thought Muhammad Mokaev's performance was odd. He was incredibly dominant throughout the entire fight but he also landed 0 offence based upon that. I don't think he loses any stock but I don't know that he really gains much more either.
Honestly that theme of 0 offence wrestling was pretty consistent throughout the prelims. Can't say I was particularly wowed by any performance other than Wood which was nice to see.
Paul Craig pretty much confirmed everything I already thought about him. He's a bit chinny, serviceable on the feet and tries to pull guard on everyone. I disagree with everyone trying to perpetuate this weird narrative that he wasn't able to take Volkan down and so ended up in guard, I thought it was pretty clear that he was deliberately falling back into guard so that he could find a submission from there. A pretty poor showing from both men ultimately, practically impossible to score fairly and I'm happy to just match up Craig with young up and comers in a Damian Maia type role. Throw guys at him and see if they can handle his submission game. If he finds his way up the rankings then cool, but I don't really need it.
Molly seems to have found some legitimate KO power with that spinning elbow. I'm not sure how well she's going to prove herself at the top of the division, but the division is also pretty janky at the best of times so we'll see. Impressive to see back to back spinning elbow KOs in MMA let alone Women's MMA, so that's really good for her.
Alexander Gustafsson is completely shot and I'm surprised more people didn't see this coming really. I love the guy and he's put on some legendary wins and almost-wins over the years, but it's time to hang up the gloves and not come back. It wasn't just a bad night, this keeps happening and I don't want to see it happen every again because it also does absolutely nothing for the contenders that starch him.
I've been a real skeptic of Paddy since he came to the UFC. He's looked pretty bad against guys I hadn't heard of before he fought them, leaving his chin out on a platter to be cracked in both his previous outings. He managed to secure first round victories, but they weren't great performances. Jordan Leavitt is a guy I knew of prior to this matchup and therefore it intrigued me to see Paddy fight someone who we knew wasn't a can. He impressed me a lot given that he didn't intend to have to grapple with Leavitt. His gameplan was very much based around striking (or so he told everyone who would listen), so for him to adapt to having his gameplan nullified and still beat Jordan was great to see. I struggle to see him beating anybody in the top 15 (maybe Tony?) but I'm at least willing to entertain the idea of those kinds of matchups now, which I wasn't before. I'm interested to see where he goes with it.
The main event was so disappointing. There's nothing really to say about it other than that I hope Tom heals himself up. I'm really concerned that this is going to permanently effect his footwork, something that he really benefits from at Heavyweight. I don't think we'll see him again until about this time next year or later, so we'll see any differences then. Curtis deserves credit for not trying to claim he's beaten Tom. It's obviously a win on the record, but neither man proved a single thing really. Curtis deserves the winner of Tai vs Gane and I think those fights are probably very winnable for him.
Overall probably the most disappointing card I've seen and I definitely wasn't expecting as much action as March. Just one of those rough nights for everyone not named Molly or Paddy really.
Really interesting thoughts there, deep analysis as usual, you’ve a real eye for the detail mate.
I’ll be watching this again based on these comments (it’s becoming a thing rewatching fights based on your comments 😂)
Did you catch Nathaniel Wood? Glad you’re warming up to Paddy, let’s see where that ones goes.
Yeah I saw Wood, was pretty impressed but I don't really have much insight into Rosa. Was really nice to see, hope that rise continues for sure
Update on Aspinall surgery 😬
Tom Aspinall reveals he had successful surgery after tearing his MCL & meniscus and suffering ACL damage
All that from one low kick that connected on the thigh 🤷♂️
I was terrified she was going to get cut after her debut. Yeah she is doing great at representing WMMA - her book is also lovely.
@ogaddmma Why were you so disappointed with the card? Was it the general line up or the performances?
I think the line-up was awesome, I just think most of the fights other than Paddy and Molly were disappointing.
Jalin Tuner was usually fun, didn't let his hands go and spent the final round doing no damage wrestling.
Muhammad Mokaev is super cool as a fighter and got a fast stoppage in his debut, this time came out and stood against the fence with one hook in for 3 rounds. 0 damage
Mark Diakese is normally really fun, came out and did no damage grappling even though his corner was pleading with him to strike.
Mason Jones was okay but threw away the final round by jumping a triangle and spent the rest of the fight unable to get up.
Craig vs Volkan was rough because neither guy was really able to get into their game at all.
Gus vs Krylov was an execution and just generally sad to see
Hermansson vs Curtis was just a bit sad because Middleweight needs new talent desperately and Curtis was that but didn't have the footwork to stop Jack
I think I'd have been way more okay about it if the main event had ended at least normally, but that injury really was the sour cherry on top
I'm so easily pleased. I guess that's down to paying next to nothing for the events through my EE subscription.
Now that's a straight up no BS vantage point. Refreshing.
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