UFC 222 Post Show with John Pollock

Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/03/04/ufc-222-post-show-with-john-pollock/


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John Pollock reviews Saturday night’s UFC 222 card from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The card was headlined by Cris “Cyborg” Justino defending her title on short notice against Yana Kunitskaya, as well as Frankie Edgar taking on the undefeated Brian Ortega. Pollock goes through the performers that had big performances on the card, possible title fights to be made after this card, and more.

MAIN CARD
*Cris “Cyborg” Justino vs. Yana Kunitskaya for the UFC featherweight title
*Frankie Edgar vs. Brian Ortega
*Sean O’Malley vs. Andre Soukhamthath
*Andrei Arlovski vs. Stefan Struve
*Cat Zingano vs. Ketlen Vieira

PRELIMINARY CARD
*Mackenzie Dern vs. Ashley Yoder
*Beneil Dariush vs. Alexander Hernandez
*John Dodson vs. Pedro Munhoz
*Hector Lombard vs. C.B. Dollaway

FIGHT PASS CARD
*Mike Pyle vs. Zak Ottow
*Cody Stamann vs. Bryan Caraway
*Jordan Johnson vs. Adam Milstead

 

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Jose Aldo, Frankie Edgar, Cub Swanson, Ricardo Lamas, Chad Mendes.

Saturday night really felt like the final nail in the coffin of the old guard of the featherweight division. That’s not to say fighters with the talent level of a Jose Aldo or Frankie Edgar don’t have a chance of getting back in the title picture, it just really feels like a new era for 145 now.

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If Adalaide Byrd were an Olympic judge, her scores would always be thrown out as they’re often far off from the rest of the judges.

I’d completely tear apart the MMA scoring system if I was named Grand Poobah but I could write pages on that. The current boxing scoring system doesn’t work well in MMA.

Completely agree with @Celticy above with:

I’d throw in Barao also. Racking up the L’s lately …

I’m big on the sanctity of the belts. If a champ wants to do something else (box, super fight out of the division), relinquish the belt.

Thanks for the Post Show @johnpollock !

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Yeah I’m very interested to see how Renan Barao is going to be remembered by the mma world. 33 fight undefeated streak, former batamweight champion and former pound for pound king. When you read off those statistics he seems like a surefire hall of famer, but it seems like people are beginning to think of Barao’s success of a fluke of some sorts, given his recent struggles.

I think it would be sad if time forgets about him, because he was a hell of a fighter, who you could almost always rely on for an exciting performance, and in my eyes he’s a pretty clear top 3 all time bantamweight (with Cruz and TJ)

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