Is the Mike Perry experience over?
What mattered most at UFC on ABC 2 on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas? Listed here are just a few post-fight musings …
1. Marvin Vettori’s title shot hopes
[autotag]Marvin Vettori[/autotag] does not deserve criticism for the character of his win over Kevin Holland. The trail to victory for him was clear as day, and it could’ve been silly for him to needlessly stray from it in his unanimous choice win. Sure, Vettori (17-4-1 MMA, 7-2-1 UFC) did say pre-fight he had no intention of copying Derek Brunson’s technique from three weeks in the past towards Holland. Nevertheless, as soon as he bought in there and the strikes began flying, it is onerous to not revert again to an area by which he had an enormous benefit. Now, we should handle the plain storyline of what this implies for Vettori’s profession. The case for him to rematch Israel Adesanya would’ve been loads stronger if he put Holland away inside the space, however hope is not all misplaced, both. Rather a lot is determined by what occurs on Saturday between Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum at UFC on ESPN 22. If Whittaker seems to be spectacular, there is not any doubt he must be rematching Adesanya subsequent. The actual fact he is a former champion and would have crushed Gastelum, Jared Cannonier and Darren Until since shedding the title provides him a greater case than Vettori, however even the tiniest slip may open the door for “The Italian Dream.” Ought to Whittaker win in a really lackluster trend, come out of the battle with an damage, or does not get his hand raised, then Vettori is the man. Rooting for one more man to fail is not the best mindset for anybody, however on this state of affairs, the shoe suits if you happen to’re Vettori. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlA_Dy4SW7s
2. A critical Kevin Holland results in a worse consequence
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 10: (R-L) Kevin Holland punches Marvin Vettori of Italy in a middleweight battle through the UFC Combat Evening occasion at UFC APEX on April 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Picture by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
Are you content now? [autotag]Kevin Holland[/autotag] was all enterprise going into his second UFC foremost occasion in a 21-day stretch, but Vettori beat him up worse than Brunson did over the course of 5 rounds. Holland (21-7 MMA, 7-4 UFC) gave up a middleweight document 11 takedowns within the battle with Vettori, and his eye was fairly badly broken over the length of 25 minutes. There was little to no speaking, simply the wrestle of shedding a battle from pillar to publish and additional exposing a critical flaw in Holland’s sport. Anybody who fights Holland from hereon out can be doing a disservice not making an attempt to repeatedly take the battle to the bottom. It should fall on Holland to indicate that he can cease not simply the primary shot, however the second, third, fourth and past. That is not a ability that may be developed in a single day, and definitely not one he was going to repair within the three weeks between fights, so this consequence ought to’ve been anticipated. The previous 11 months have been fairly the journey for Holland. He is fought seven occasions, bought plenty of publicity to his private model, and possibly made some good cash. His 2020 was flawless, however his 2021 has been disastrous. Now, it is time to gradual issues down and regroup. What meaning for Holland stays to be seen. Will he take a substantial period of time off to work on his shortcomings? Will he change camps? Change weight courses? These are all potentialities that have to be taken below critical consideration. If not, there might be many extra nights forward the place Holland is caught on his again. [listicle id=602437]
3. Mackenzie Dern’s potential coming to life
[autotag]Mackenzie Dern[/autotag] is de facto coming into her personal as a strawweight contender, and it is an exquisite factor to see. She lived as much as her promise of a first-round submission win over Nina Nunes, and now she’s received four-straight fights since shedding her comeback bout towards Amanda Ribas after taking day off to have a child. Dern (11-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) appears assured, targeted and decided at this stage in her profession. That could not be mentioned early on, when the expertise was clearly there, however it was well-known to insiders of the game that she wasn’t essentially doing issues the best means. Beating Nunes – who to her credit score put some stable wins collectively earlier than taking her personal layoff to provide beginning to a child, however is not fully championship materials – is not the win that ought to have us anointing Dern as the subsequent champion. Nevertheless, it is a tremendous promising signal so far as her potential. The following degree of 115-pound contenders goes to inform us loads about Dern. Virtually any opponent goes to be dead-to-rights in the event that they discover themselves beneath Dern with time for her to work, however what is going on to occur if she will be able to’t make that occur and is pressured into extended placing exchanges? There are nonetheless unanswered questions, however proper now, there’s loads to be enthusiastic about. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5P1WjlpTJ4
4. The top of Sam Alvey?
After a complete of 21 UFC appearances, there is a good likelihood we have seen the final of [autotag]Sam Alvey[/autotag] contained in the octagon. Regardless of giving us the “Fight of the Night” with Julian Marquez of their middleweight bout, Alvey (33-15-1 MMA, 10-10-1 UFC) was left in the course of the octagon, choked unconscious by his opponent. The consequence pushed his winless skid to 6 with 5 losses and a draw. He forecasted his destiny with the promotion pre-fight if it did not go his means, and it is onerous to disagree with his evaluation within the clip beneath (by way of Twitter): https://twitter.com/MMAjunkie/standing/1380118977427304451 If it’s the finish for Alvey, he has nothing to be ashamed of. He recorded 10 wins within the UFC and reached greater than 20 fights with the promotion. There are numerous fighters who would kill to have that kind of profession, even when it probably ended on a low observe. At this level, although, it appears Alvey has exhausted all his sources. He is moved up in weight, again down in weight and obtained matchups with varied forms of types. He can not seem to discover a approach to flip it round, although, and the result towards Marquez wasn’t fairly for the 34-year-old. If Alvey is minimize from the roster, we all know one factor will stay true: He’ll keep smiling. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6fPOyAujEE
5. ‘Platinum Papa’ falls flat
[autotag]Mike Perry[/autotag] is now a sub-.500 fighter within the UFC after shedding a unanimous choice to Daniel Rodriguez of their welterweight bout. Coming into the occasion, Perry touted himself as a modified man. He mentioned the beginning of his son altered his mindset, and he was decided to be a very good function mannequin and put years of questionable and outright porous conduct behind him by turning a brand new leaf. That is all nice for him on a private degree – and hopefully it stays true for he the rest of his life – however no matter adjustments he is made definitely did not assist him contained in the octagon. https://twitter.com/MMAjunkie/standing/1379912862072676354 If something, Perry the fighter seems to be to be regressing, or at greatest, plateauing. His placing protection consists largely of taking photographs to the face with little head motion, and whereas he is powerful as they arrive, it isn’t conducive to success. Perry appears to be having a troublesome inside monologue about the place he stands, as he expressed in his post-fight assertion. He is bought one battle remaining on his UFC contract, and whereas it appears probably he’ll get the prospect to meet that, he will want a efficiency that basically reveals us one thing in an effort to show he belongs with the promotion long-term. Very early in Perry’s UFC profession, earlier than we bought to know him and see his private mishaps, he appeared to have potential as a welterweight prospect. He is nonetheless solely 29, however it feels just like the guide is written on Perry at this level and it would not be unfair to say if the UFC provides him a brand new deal past the subsequent one, it is solely to maintain him out of the palms of others. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBuu57g08YI
Jobber Wiki writer Frank Lengthy added to this report.