UFC Fight Night 46 is well underway in Dublin, Ireland, and the main card has a lot to live up to with the fireworks of the prelims section. Plenty of great finishes and wins for all the Irish fighters thus far has the crowd going absolutely wild, as they welcome Irishman Norman Parke to the octagon for his lightweight clash with Naoyuki Kotani.
A great first round for Parke, as he landed some good shots on the feet. Kotani was unable to get the takedown but did land some good punches, ‘Stormin’ put an exclamation mark on round one with some huge elbows on the mat. A big slam for Parke opened the second stanza, as ‘Stormin’ pours on the elbows and punches to win by TKO. Irish fighters remain perfect in Dublin.
Flyweights Ian McCall and Brad Pickett are up now, as they attempt to settle their long standing beef in the octagon. Ouch! A low blow halts the action momentarily, and then the fight just explodes in to life. Pickett lands some huge punches, as McCall works the body and uses his slick footwork. A hard round to score, as they come out for the second.
‘Uncle Creepy’ came out fast and took the mount early on, but ‘One Punch’ did well to regain position. McCall looked to be finding his range as he landed some solid punches and kicks, but Pickett has a great chin. On to round three and Pickett rallied gallantly but just couldn’t sit down on his punches. ‘Uncle Creepy’ has excellent movement, and pulls off the unanimous decision win by outworking the Brit tonight.
Welterweights now, as Gunnar Nelson looks to keep his momentum going against Zak Cummings. A very cagey first round led to a little more activity in the second, and Cummings was pushing the pace. Nelson started to counter toward the end of the round, and landed some laser-sharp straight punches to the chin.
All of a sudden this fight is on the mat, and Nelson fulfils his potential in this fight, as he sinks in a rear naked choke to tap Cummings out in two. On to the main event of the evening, and I am hyped for this fight! Conor McGregor looks to make it a clean sweep for the Irish as he goes up against dangerous Brazilian grappler Diego Brandao.
The crowd is absolutely electric for the opening round, and McGregor looks like a man possessed. The fight opens with some spinning kicks to the head and body from McGregor, but Brandao lands some good head punches. A reversal from ‘Notorious’ puts him in Brandao’s guard, and McGregor is wise to the submission attempts and lands some hard elbows.
A huge spinning head kick seems to crumble Brandao, but he is ok and now McGregor lands some huge punches, and Brandao is hurt! Wow, it is all over! It was a big straight left that did the damage and McGregor wins by TKO!!! What an amazing evening of fights in Dublin, and could this be the start of McGregor’s title run?
UFC Fight Night 46 Main Card Results:
Conor McGregor def. Diego Brandao by TKO (punches) round one
Gunnar Nelson def. Zak Cummings by submission (rear naked choke) round one
Ian McCall def. Brad Pickett by unanimous decision
Norman Parke def. Maoyuki Kotani by TKO (elbows and punches) round two