Saturday Night Takeaways: UFC Fight Night 121

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If you made it all the way through UFC Fight Night 121 from Sydney… congratulations! That was one long night of fights.

Here are our big takeaways from a record-breaking night of attrition in Australia.

We all went the distance…

The event from the land Down Under didn’t help anyone backing the under in the round betting, with 10 of the 13 fights on the card going all the way to the scorecards.

In fact, it was officially the longest event in UFC history, with a total cage time of 3 hours, 4 minutes and 18 seconds.

The UFC Fight Pass prelims all turned up unanimous decision results, while all six of the main card bouts also went the distance.

Doing the splits

The main card saw three split-decision results in a row, as backers were left cursing the judges after some questionable verdicts were returned.

Belal Muhammad’s split-decision win over Tim Means left us licking our wounds after taking “The Dirty Bird” to get the W. The pair engaged in an exciting back-and-forth scrap, but most observers – ourselves included – seemed to think Means edged the bout.

And Aussie Jake Matthews’ win over Bojan Velickovic had more than a faint whiff of home cooking about it. The young prospect looked to be struggling throughout the contest, but somehow got the nod from two of the three judges on home soil.

The third split-decision verdict of the night turned up a shock, as the underdog Jessica Rose-Clark outworked Bec Rawlings to get the nod. The only surprise in this one was the fact that one judge scored it for Rawlings.

Werdum delivered the W

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As expected, there were no dramas for former UFC heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum, who cruised to a convincing unanimous decision win over Poland’s Marcin Tybura.

Werdum wasn’t able to secure the finish we were hoping for pre-fight, but he looked in great shape as he comprehensively outstruck Tybura over five rounds, pitching a shutout on two of the three judges’ scorecards.

Lentz offers a wager of his own

Lightweight Nik Lentz sprung something of an upset by submitting former training partner Will Brooks, then challenged his former team to find anyone within their ranks who could beat him.

Lentz, who left American Top Team earlier in his career, scored a second-round finish over his more highly-rated opponent, then bet the team’s owner, Dan Lambert, $50,000 that he could beat anyone from the Florida gym.

British lightweight prospect and American Top Team member Marc Diakiese immediately tweeted a series of laughter emojis, while UFC heavyweight Chase Sherman suggested rising lightweight contender Dustin Poirier, another ATT member, might have something to say on the matter.

Mind you, given Lentz isn’t in the same solar system as Poirier rankings-wise, that bout isn’t likely to happen unless they meet in the gym and settle things the old-fashioned way.

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