UFC Vegas 33 brought the heat but the main event captured everyone’s attention as Sean Strickland expanded his win streak to five against Uriah Hall.
The UFC Vegas 33 card saw more underdogs emerge victorious than favorites. However, the oddsmakers definitely nailed it with Strickland being an almost a -300 favorite on many books against “Primetime” before the fight went down.
The American known as “Tarzan” was able to ‘crowd the kicker’ and give Hall fits in the standup realm. To some, it came as a shock because many believed Hall’s striking to be a notch above Strickland’s. Perhaps that could still be the case, but Strickland’s weaponized pace was enough to demolish Hall on the scorecards. With a 5-fight win streak at 185-pounds, the division has a new contender on their hands.
Prior to the matchup resolving, Hall came in ranked at #8, while Strickland trailed behind ranked at #11. Unfortunately, it was also Hall’s birthday on Saturday. So the middleweight once hailed as the next Anderson Silva definitely had a bitter taste to his birthday cake. But having just turned 37-years old, “Primetime” and his flashy striking ability will be back with a vengeance.
Before Hall stepped into the Octagon with Strickland, he was riding high after taking out two former UFC middleweight champions in Chris Weidman, and Silva. Following the win against Weidman, Hall became the first fighter in UFC history to win a fight by TKO without having to throw a strike.
While the middleweight thought he was prepared, he quickly realized that Strickland wasn’t going anywhere and continued to push the pace on him. Excitingly, a few moments after “Tarzan” scored a takedown, it looked like he might be able to get the finish against Hall, but the runner-up on The Ultimate Fighter demonstrated his toughness and held on to endure a unanimous decision loss.
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