UFC Fight Night 78 from Monterrey, Mexico featured some exciting action.
The two main fights on last night’s UFC Fight Night card from Monterrey looked very interesting on paper, and both delivered on that potential inside the octagon
In the co-main event Diego Sanchez and Ricardo Lamas treated fans to an action-packed 3 round scrap, but it was the leg-kicks of Lamas that were the deciding factor in the bout. The 33-year-old Chicago fighter punished The Ultimate Fighter alumnus with a steady flow of blows downstairs, dropping him to the canvas on multiple occasions, and scored several takedowns on his immobilized opponent to earn a unanimous decision.
In the headline attraction, two more former TUF participants were in action, as season 17 winner Kelvin Gastelum took on season 16 competitor Neil Magny.
Gastelum was originally scheduled to face the ridiculously tough veteran Matt Brown, but Brown had to withdraw due to injury. Magny was then called upon to fill the void on roughly two weeks notice.
The lanky welterweight certainly capitalized on his big opportunity, as he survived a late surge from Gastelum to gain a debatable split decision victory.
With the win Magny moves to 17-4, while Gastelum drops to 11-2.
Though the final two bouts on the card delivered, much of the night’s excitement came courtesy of the preliminary phase of the show, during which there were three memorable finishes.
First, Polo “El Toro” Reyes knocked out fellow UFC debutante Cesar Arzamendia in the opening round. The Mexican dropped the Paraguayan with a beautifully timed counter left-hook and finished him with a follow-up barrage.
Another pair of UFC first-timers were next to throw down, as Alvaro Herrera took on Vernon Ramos. Herrera, a native of Guadalajara, didn’t waste anytime in getting his career in the big time off to a winning start as he finished his Panamanian opponent in just 30 seconds.
Though the initial punch that caused the damage looked like a heavy shot, the referee may have intervened a tad early here.
Finally, the man with one of the best nicknames in all of combat sports, Andre “Touchy” Fili, finished Gabriel Benitez in the first round. The Team Alpha Male fighter, who was one of the main figures in the famous Conor McGregor incited schmozzle on a recent episode of TUF, put Benitez away with a head-kick and a brutal follow-up barrage of punches.