UFC Fight Night, Tyson/Jones Jr. Legends Battle Entertains Fight Fans
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Boxing legends Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. - 54 and 51 years young respectively, gave fight fans an early Christmas present Saturday night, battling in a spirited eight round exhibition at the Staple Centre in Los Angeles. The fight was called a draw but to most observers Tyson won the contest, appearing to be in better shape and flashing signs of the power that made him one of the most feared fighters of all time. Tyson lost 100 pounds in preparation for the fight, weighing in at a remarkably fit 220 pounds. Jones Jr. absorbed a number of body shots from Tyson over the course of the fight and though many expected his speed advantage would be the difference, Jones Jr., obviously tired, failed to muster any significant attack. The Legends event brought back great memories - fans can expect more of these Legends League bouts in the future.
In the UFC Fight Night main event in Las Vegas, Anthony “Lionheart” stunned Devin Clark, applying a triangle choke at 2:34 of the opening round to earn the submission victory. Smith, sixth-ranked coming in, remains in the conversation for another title shot in the highly competitive light heavyweight division. It was a devastating loss for Clark, who was hoping to climb the ladder of ranked contenders with a victory.
In the co-main event, Miguel Baeza’s star continued to rise in the welterweight ranks as he remained unbeaten with a second round submission victory over Takashi Sato. With the win, Baeza’s record improves to 10-0, 3-0 in the UFC and positions him well for a future fight against a ranked contender.
In a hard-fought featherweight battle, Bill Algeo earned a unanimous decision over Spike Carlyle. Algeo survived a bulldog choke attempt in the first round and held the advantage after that, Carlyle tiring noticeably in the second round. Algeo obviously had more in the tank and finished strong to erase any doubt as to the outcome.
Brazil’s Norma Dumont scored an impressive unanimous decision victory over Ashlee Evans-Smith in a women’s bantamweight tilt. Dumont was dominant throughout, holding a decided edge in all three rounds, using her speed to control the fight.
In a mild upset in the featherweight ranks, Jonathan Pierce scored an impressive second round tko victory over Kai Kamala. Kamaka struggled with his takedown defense from the outset and Pierce took advantage, landing five takedown attempts paving the way to victory.
The UFC returns next week with another intriguing Fight Night Card, the main event a middleweight clash of ranked contenders as #4 Jack Hermansson tangles with #13 Marvin Vettori.