Wednesday, January 27, 2021

July Was An Incredible Month In The UFC (Editorial)

I saw somewhere that we were provided almost 12 full hours of UFC action in July.

And that’s not including commercials, features, promos and other “in-between” filler.

Just in terms of total fight, in-Octagon time.

Almost 12 full hours.

Incredible.

But with all that, there was plenty of boring, slow-moving action that we had to sit through.

Let’s not relive those bouts and instead focus on the more memorable ones. Feel free to sound off on what you feel like were the “Fight,” “Knockout” and “Submission of the Month” from July in the UFC.

FIGHT OF THE MONTH

For me, this came down to the strawweight division.

Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Rose Namajunas earned “Fight of the Night” honors at UFC 201 for their three-round decision that ultimately went to the unbeaten Polish fighter, but they fell just short in this category for the month.

That honor belongs to champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha who battled for 25 minutes over the belt. Jedrzejczyk was the winner on that night, as the two also claimed “Fight of the Night” status.

Next up we just might get to see the two winners square off – and maybe even in Poland to boot.

KNOCKOUT OF THE MONTH

There were some mighty fine choices for this award, as well, but the one finish that still sticks with me came from Eddie Alvarez.

The former Bellator champion was viewed as an underdog against Rafael dos Anjos when they met for the UFC lightweight strap, but somebody forgot to tell Alvarez that.

He came out guns-blazing vs. RDA and finished him with an incredible flurry of shots. It was hard not to get emotional listening to Alvarez discuss his delayed move to the UFC and how he almost gave up on fighting because of it.

Tyron Woodley’s knockout of Robbie Lawler and John Lineker’s finish of Michael McDonald were also right there.

SUBMISSION OF THE MONTH

This was the easiest of the three.

Amanda Nunes pulled a Holly Holm against Miesha Tate, stunning the masses and submitting the female bantamweight champion in the main event of UFC 200.

For Nunes, it was an incredible moment that thrust her into the spotlight of the sport.

The Brazilian dominated Tate, who struggled to make weight the day before, leaving her a bloody mess with a broken nose and no title to take home.