Alex Chambers’ UFC 215 Review: Patience And Control Is A Mark Of The Lioness' Maturity


As an honorary Floridian during my training camp at American Top Team in the USA I've experienced the power of mother nature first hand over the past few days and hurricanes are indescribable disasters.

I'd like to offer my thoughts and best wishes to those in Florida affected by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean and South East United States. Stay strong.

This past weekend the UFC brought us UFC 215 in Edmonton, Canada.

It was a night for the underdogs and one of my favourite cards to date and here are some reasons why:

Congratulations to the #AndStill women's Bantamweight champion of the world, Amanda ‘The Lioness’ Nunes.

In a matchup that brought together the champ and number one contender Valentina ‘The Bullet’ Shevchenko inside the Octagon for a second time, The Lioness was out to prove her dominance.

And that she did.

In 25 minutes of strategic and surgical like mixed martial arts, Nunes carefully picked apart and neutralised the dangerous counter striking of the multiple time Muay Thai world champ.

Nunes who is known for stamping her signature on her opponents via highlight reel finishes showed us a side of her fighting arsenal we were not used to.

But it’s a side that showed patience, control, and timing, definitely a mark of her maturity and evolution as a mixed martial artist.

Outside of a fighter, I’m also a huge MMA fan, and yeah I want to see finishes all the time, but what happened in that title fight really takes a lot to put together.

It’s day in and day out with your coaches, with your teammates and on your own, to do that against such a high level fighter like Shevchenko.

Congrats to both ladies.

Did us all right for the main event and for the sport. 

Filling in as the co-main event of the evening was welterweight action from two of the division's most dynamic candidates.

Enter former lightweight champion and number 10 ranked welterweight Rafael Dos Anjos (pictured above) and no.6 ranked Neil Magny.

Dos Anjos, earning one of the evening's prestigious $50K performance bonuses, collected his second consecutive victory since his new home at 170 pounds.

It was an impressive finish that began with a leg kick and transpired into a beautiful choke at 3:43 of round 1.

Can't wait to see what’s next for this guy.

One of the favourites of the evening was destined to deliver on their promise entering the Octagon and he came by the name of no.1 ranked and former title challenger Henry ‘The Messenger’ Cejudo (pictured above) who faced no.5 ranked Team Alliance blackbelt Wilson Reis.

With a karate stance and style that impressed all who watched, Cejudo made us quick to forget his Olympic gold medal wrestling pedigree and comfort zone.

Playfully striking with Reis with a Machida and Anderson Silva like swagger, The Messenger looked mean as hell and finished one of the flyweight divisions deadliest submission artists via KO/TKO early in the second round.

Honourable mentions go to featherweight warriors who gave us 15 minutes of pure entertainment with Jeremy ‘Little Heath’ Stephens (pictured above) taking a win over tough as nails Gilbert ‘El Nino’ Melendez

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