After a brief break, the UFC returned with a Fight Night show out of Ottawa Saturday night, headlined by an elite pairing of #1-ranked Rory MacDonald taking on #2-ranked Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.
MacDonald vs. Thompson wasn’t the war that the fights preceding it were (at least for the first four rounds), but the human chess match between the two was interesting. Thompson poses an interesting match-up for anyone due to his unique style, one that MacDonald wasn’t able to figure out. “Wonderboy” Thompson got better as the fight went on, something that doesn’t bode well for MacDonald’s upcoming free agency. By the end of the fifth round, MacDonald still did well in exchanged, but had repeatedly pulled guard and rolled for leg locks.
Donald Cerrone impressed while fighting at 170, utterly dominating Patrick Cote from bell-to-finish. He eventually dropped and pounded Cote out. What is perhaps most impressive is that Cerrone contended for the 155-pound title, while Cote dropped Tito Ortiz at 205-pounds not far from Tito’s prime. Cote also once contended for the 185-pound title. This victory opens up a world of options for Cerrone at 170 pounds.
On paper, the rest of the show wasn’t much to write home about. As it played out, UFC Fight Night Ottawa played host to one of the greatest fights in UFC history. Steve Bosse topped Sean O’Connell via split decision, but the bout very well could have ended in a draw. It’s difficult to covey what happened in this fight with words, but was among the best light heavyweight fights ever, if not among the best fights in UFC history. The crowd gave both men a great ovation after the decision was read.
You can see full results from UFC Fight Night Ottawa below.
Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson (#2) defeated Rory MacDonald (#1) via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 48-47)
Donald Cerrone (#4 LW) def. Patrick Cote via third-round TKO (2:35)
Steve Bosse def. Sean O’Connell via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. Thibault Gouti via submission (rear-naked choke) (R3, 2:28)
Joanne Calderwood (#12) def. Valerie Letourneau via third-round TKO (2:51)
Jason Saggo def. Leandro Silva via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Misha Cirkunov def. Ion Cutelaba via submission (arm triangle) (R3, 1:22)
Krzysztof Jotko def. Tamdan McCrory via first-round TKO (0:59)
Joe Soto def. Chris Beal via submission (rear-naked choke) (R3, 3:39)
Elias Theodorou def. Sam Alvey via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Randa Markos (#14) def. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger via UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Colby Covington def. Jonathan Meunier via submission (rear-naked choke) (R3, :54)
Ali Bagautinov (#10) def. Geane Herrera via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)