Top Five Performances from UFC Orlando

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Top Five Performances from UFC Orlando


Top Five Performances from UFC Orlando

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UFC Orlando has come and gone and what an event it was. One of the best fights of the year was the main event, with some huge upsets along the way. I’m Dash Pederson, and I’ll be joined by our lead MMA man here at TWSN, Evan Theoharis, to highlight our top five performances from UFC Orlando.


1. Sergei Pavlovich KO’s Tai Tuivasa

Sergei Pavlovich made a statement last night. He showed his power against the fourth ranked heavyweight, Tai Tuivasa, as he secured a fantastic win. He made it clean, quick, and devastating as he won by KO inside of one minute (the fastest win of the night). Amazing boxing against one of the biggest hitters in the UFC lands Pavlovich in our number one spot.


2. Stephen Thompson TKO’s (Corner Stoppage) Kevin Holland in Main Event

The main event of UFC Fight Night Orlando between Stephen Thompson and Kevin Holland had high expectations, but those expectations were certainly exceeded. After losing the first round on most scorecards, Thompson’s incredible mix of sharp kicks to the head and body, and accurate punches in a dominant fourth round, proved that at 39 years old, he is still one of the best the Welterweight division has to offer. 

3. Roman Dolidze defeats Jack Hermansson via Round Two TKO

Being on the ground with Jack Hermansson is not a place you’d normally want to be. In round two, though, that’s exactly what happened to Roman Dolidze. However, after getting taken down by Hermansson, Dolidze turned things around and was able to fire off continuous attacks. Eventually, he was able to trap Hermansson’s leg and hold him flat on the canvas. A little bit of ground and pound and the fight was stopped. A great upset beating a top 10 ranked fighter at his own game earns him the number three spot on our list.

4. Francis Marshall KO’s Marcelo Rojo in UFC Debut

If you are making your UFC debut and want to make people remember your name, you do precisely what Francis Marshall did. After a back-and-forth beginning to round one, Marshall landed a hard straight right that sat Rojo down and showcased his superior wrestling for the rest of the round. In the second round, Marshall came out more poised, and just over a minute into the round, Marshall landed the short right hook to knock Rojo out cold and stay undefeated. 

5. Jonathan Pearce Dominates Darren Elkins in a Unanimous Decision Victory

Jonathan Pearce was favored against the tough-as-nails Darren Elkins, and he proved why. Pearce dominated from the jump as he pieced apart Elkins, using a combination of front kicks and sharp punches to start the destruction of Elkins’ face early. In the second round, the onslaught continued, and near the end of the round, he was almost able to finish the fight with a downpour of ground and pound. In the third round, it was more of the same, where Pearce landed so many damaging shots to the head the doctor had to be called in to see if Elkins could continue. Fortunately, he could, and the fans were treated to an excellent last three minutes. Still, in the end, Pearce’s domination was enough to earn him the unanimous decision victory and potentially a shot to get his name in the Featherweight top 15 his next time out.  

Honorable Mentions: Michael Johnson, Matheus Nicolau, Angela Hill


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