Fighter's Planet weekend recap
Two heavyweights put on a classic when Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury met in a disputed draw at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The much anticipated bout definitely lived up to the hype and produced one of the most memorable bouts in recent memory, even if the final outcome of the draw left a bad taste in the mouths of most boxing fans.
The common story line going into the bout was to see if Wilder would be able to land the knockout punch with his powerful right-hand against the savvy boxing skills of Fury and that is exactly what was displayed in a very entertaining bout.
Wilder seemed perplexed by Fury’s movement throughout most of the fight, but was able to land powerful blows in the 9th round to drop Fury, who didn’t seem badly hurt by the knockdown.
Fury even closed the round with combinations of his own and wagged his tongue at Wilder to finish the action packed round.
Most observers felt Fury had the fight in the bag based on the scorecards and Wilder would need a knockout to keep his title and the Bronze Bomber almost delivered.
Wilder finally caught Fury with his powerful right hand and followed it up with a left hook to drop the Gypsy King in what looked like a complete knockout.
Wilder began dancing in celebration before Fury miraculously got up from the canvas to beat the ten count by referee Jack Reiss, who did a tremendous job throughout the fight. While most referees would have halted the fight immediately, Reiss knelt over Fury and could tell he was not out cold, allowing him time to get up and prove he could continue.
Wilder’s premature celebratory dancing stopped as Wilder’s jaw dropped, and most of the crowds as well, when he realized Fury was not out and was going to continue fighting.
The round ended with Fury landing flush shots of his own to stun Wilder as the fight came to a conclusion.
Both fighters hugged it out and exchanged pleasantries as soon as the bell rang and were both gracious and respectful towards each other in interviews after the bout, a rematch is all but assured.
Most felt Fury did enough to scarcely edge out a decision win even with Wilder producing the only knockdowns in the fight, but a questionable scorecard submitted by judge Alejandro Rochin of Mexico, was the deciding factor, as his scorecard read 115-111 in favor of Wilder.
Robert Tapper of Canada scored it 114-112 for Fury, while British judge Phil Edwards scored it 113-113 for Fury.
UFC- The Ultimate Fighter finale:
While most of the combat sports world had their attention on the boxing clash out in Los Angeles, the UFC presented not one, but two fight cards on back to back nights with the Ultimate Fighter finale on Friday from The Palms in Las Vegas which saw Kamaru Usman dominate former UFC champion, Rafael dos Anjos, in the main event. Usman (14-1) controlled the bout from start to finish and was so impressive that UFC president Dana White stated he might have replaced Colby Covington in the next slot for a title shot against Tyron Woodley who has been rumored to be making another title defense in early 2019.
Juan Espino (9-1) of Spain submitted Justin Frazier (10-3) via armbar in the first round to win the 28th season of TUF.
Macy Chiasson (3-0) defeated Pannie Kianzad (10-4) with a rear-naked choke in the second round to win the women’s TUF final.
UFC Fight Night: Adelaide
The theme of the weekend seemed to focus on the heavyweights in both boxing and mixed martial arts and this card featured some of the mainstays of the UFC heavyweight division battling against some up and comers trying to put their own stamp on the division, which could use some new blood.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos (20-5) showed he is still a strong contender in the division with an impressive win over formerly undefeated Tai Tuivasa (10-1) in the main event. Tuivasa had the home crowd behind him and was putting on an impressive showing of his but got caught in the second round and was dropped by JDS, who finished the fight with some ground and pound to hand the young star his first taste of defeat.
One of the UFC’s most popular heavyweights was not able to turn back the clock in his fight as Mark Hunt feel via decision to Justin Willis (8-1). Hunt (13-14) was competing in his last fight under the UFC banner, but has stated he has no plans to retire.
Shogun Hua (26-11), also a former UFC champion, created the comeback of the night when he defeated Tyson Pedro via TKO in the third round. Hua has now won 4 out of his last 5 bouts.