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New FSM Essential Recap: UFC on ESPN 33- Hall vs Strickland


UFC on ESPN 33 was another exciting night of fights with the showing of an up and coming contender.


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The UFC was back on ESPN with yet another thrilling card of fights with some of the world’s best MMA fighters. Headlining the event was a pair of middleweights looking to keep their winning ways going as Uriah Hall took on Sean Strickland.

For two warriors looking to establish themselves in a stacked middleweight division, we saw a dominant performance by Sean Strickland (24-3), who won via decision. This marked his fifth win in a row and makes him still undefeated at 185lbs in the UFC at 6-0.  With a hard pressing push forward style, Strickland set the tone early and maintained it throughout sitting behind his jab. The jab is one of the most underutilized moves in MMA, unlike in boxing, but for those few fighters who use it effectively, it usually results in one-sided victories. This was the case as Strickland was in control from start to finish over Hall, who couldn’t seem to get things going early. Hall would have moments of coming forward and landing some good strikes himself, but they were too few And far between to cause for any concern of momentum being switched his way.

Through most of the bout, Hall didn’t seem to be checked in mentally and even gave a hint that something might’ve been wrong with his eye and or cheek. He would which and squint often, and possibly this kept him from focusing enough to mount a steady comeback. This loss snapped a four-fight winning streak Hall was on, which saw him claim voiceover former champions Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman. With his exceptional skillset, Hall has always struggled through his career with consistency. It seems once Hall picks up some steam and things right start lining up for him to make a run in the division towards a title, a fall up like this will rear its head, setting him back once again. All credit to Strickland, who brought the fight in his first main event showing that he’s ready for a climb up the ranks. For Hall, it’s back to the drawing board, and at 36 years old, his time for a title run in winding down.



Speaking of exciting matchups, this card was filled with fights that delivered some fun and exciting bouts to watch.


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The co-main event was originally set to be a showdown at Bantamweight between Kang Kyung-ho (18-8 11SUBs) and Rani Yahya (27-10 21SUBs). But just hours before the night started, it was scratched due to Yahya testing positive for COVID-19.

Nonetheless, the night itself was still filled with fun, and exciting fights as three of the five bouts on the main card were stopped via KO/TKO. The two bouts that did go the distance were actioned filled from start to finish as another night of fights on ESPN from the UFC showed just why they are the world’s leader in MMA events.



Another good fight card is in the books as the UFC continues to entertain fantastic fight cards one after the other. Whether we are watching champions, former champions, title contenders, or up and comers, the UFC will continue to give us entertaining fight cards to enjoy.



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