The Main Event
In the matchup of former Olympic medalists, Ronda Rousey took control to remain the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Title holder.
Sara McMann looked very good at the start of the fight landing a series of power punches on Rousey. Rousey countered with a few punches of her own as well as some very hard knees to the body.
After an unsuccessful attempt to take down McMann, Rousey continued some hard body shots. It was a knee to the liver area around the one minute mark that dropped McMann to the ground.
As McMann dropped, Rousey connected a few punches, which forced referee Herb Dean to stop the fight. At 1:06 into the first round, Rousey successfully defended her title with a TKO via stoppage.
The Main Card
Here are the results of the main card:
- Daniel Cormier vs. Patrick Cummins: Cormier defeats Cummins via TKO (punches) at 1:19 in Round 1
- Demian Maia vs. Rory MacDonald: MacDonald defeats Maia via Unanimous Decision (29-28. 29-28, 29-28)
- Mike Pyle vs. TJ Waldburger: Pyle defeats Waldburger via TKO (strikes) at 4:03 in Round 3
- Stephen Thompson vs. Robert Whittaker: Thompson defeats Whittaker via TKO (punches) at 3:43 in Round 1
Fight of the Night: MacDonald vs. Maia
In a welterweight fight that had future title aspirations on the line, the Rory MacDonald and Demian Maia tilt ended up winning fight of the night honors.
Maia got the best of MacDonald in Round 1 with an early takedown and several threatening submissions. A flurry of elbows and punches made it look like an early Maia victory; however, MacDonald regained his footing and finished the round strong.
MacDonald came out strong in the second round landing some very strong kicks. A dazed Maia attempted several takedowns throughout the round with no success. MacDonald peppered Maia with punches and landed a late kick, which gave MacDonald the round.
By the third round, Maia was visibly fatigued, but managed a takedown two minutes in. MacDonald would break free and proceed to land some powerful combinations that wore down Maia. MacDonald would win via Unanimous decision, as both fighters win ‘fight of the night.’
The UFC 170 VIP Experience
Guests of the UFC VIP Experience received the ultimate VIP treatment inside the Mandalay Bay Event Center for UFC 170.
On Friday, UFC VIP Experience guests got VIP seating to a fighter Q&A session highlighted by MMA fighters Travis Browne and Luke Rockhold. Although two fighters may have been on the stage, Browne definitely dominated the conversation, taking some serious questions from the adoring fans.
After the fighter Q&A, guests continued to have the best seats in the house to the always entertaining and intense fighter weigh-ins. Matchups like Rousey/McMann and Cormier/Cummins definitely added to the tension inside the arena, which was evident during the weigh-in face offs.
On Saturday, UFC VIP Experience guests enjoyed early entry and access to an exclusive hospitality party venue. Inside the party venue, guests enjoyed free premium food and beverages as well as fighter meet & greets that included the aforementioned Travis Browne.
TJ Dillashaw also made an appearance along with Octagon Girls Brittney Palmer and Vanessa Hanson.
The highlight of the VIP Experience was a chance to enter the UFC Octagon during a private Octagon Tour. Guests were able to take pictures inside the Octagon while holding the UFC Championship belt.
Some guests even practiced some arm bars inside the Octagon. Hey… No better place to practice!
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