UFC on ESPN 27 was full of breakout performances and awesome fights but in a way was overshadowed by poor judging. There were close fights such as TJ Dillashaw and Cory Sandhagen. Many people thought Sandhagen won but there was acknowledgment it was a super close fight. One of the biggest robbery’s of the year took place on this card between Miranda Maverick and Maycee Barber. In the fight it was clear Maverick should’ve been up 2-0 heading into the third round. Barber had a strong round three but everyone (besides two judges) thought it was about to be a clear 29-28 for Maverick. One judge had it that way but Sal D’Amato and Dave Hagen scored it for Barber. Across twenty-two media members all saw it initially going Maverick’s way.
Kyler Phillips vs Raulian Paiva was an instance of poor round judging. It was evident that Paiva won rounds two and three going into the decision. However, Phillips in round one dominated Paiva out landing him by a large margin. Phillips dropped him while nearly finishing the Brazilian at the end of the round. It was the perfect definition of a 10-8 round as Phillps controlled from bell to bell and nearly finished. With that being a 10-8 round and Paiva winning the other two rounds it should’ve been a 28-28 draw. Chris Lee and Eric Colon saw it somehow a different way giving Phillips only a 10-9 in round one resulting in Paiva getting his hand raised. Nearly every media member saw that fight as a draw going into the decision.
TJ Dillashaw is back
TJ Dillashaw is indeed back. The guy to never lose the bantamweight title. Dillashaw made his return to the cage for the first time in over two years after a lengthy suspension. There were questions on how he’d look. Now 35-years-old, the long layoff, how he got finished in his last fight against Henry Cejudo, and fighting top contender Cory Sandhagen. Even though it took Dillashaw getting hit a lot and even dropped in round two he turned it on looking like the guy that reigned the division years ago. As it was a close fight that could’ve went either way there is no way anyone can discredit how Dillashaw performed last night. The fight was also crowned as the fight of the night giving both Dillashawn and Sandhagen $50,000 each.
Adrian Yanez is a force to be reckoned with
In the fan’s fight of the night prior to the card, there were a lot of eyes on Adrian Yanez and Randy Costa. Yanez was 2-0 in the UFC scoring two highlight-reel knockouts. He did this without even breaking a sweat and didn’t even get hit thirty times. This fight was a lot different because Randy Costa took it to Yanez early, quick, and hard. Costa landed tons of output headhunting with head kicks and his lead left jab was destroying the face of Yanez. Yanez, a bloody mess kept his composure and picked his shots wisely. Costa heading into round two was tired throwing over fifty strikes. Round two Yanez picked it up landing to the body and head and Costa was feeling everything curling up against the cage. He landed body shots following up with an uppercut dropping Costa and the ref eventually stepped in.
Now 3-0 in the UFC with three KO/TKO’s Yanez has won a bonus in each of his UFC fights. He’s a fan favorite and a pivotal contender rising up the rankings.