Review-UFC 173 was the night that TJ Dillashaw was put on the map. He was going into a fight with Barao who was said by a lot of people to be the best pound for pound fighter right now in the sport. He has an impressive win streak that is over 30, and TJ was clearly the underdog. The other main event featured Daniel Cormier fighting Dan Henderson. As this fight could go a long way to determine who would fight Jon Jones next. The main event for the bantamweight championship is a near classic that went 5 rounds, that really will make people appreciate both champion and challenger. For the main event alone, I would say this is well worth the purchase. This is the stacked card that UFC fans have been begging for, even though the TJ bout was thrown out of left field, it gave UFC fans the excitement that 172 that I felt beside the co-main event failed to deliver, and 171 just missed all together.
David Michaud vs Jingliang Li
Sam Sicilia vs Aaron Phillips
Anthony Njokuani vs Vinc Pichel
Al Iaquinta vs Mitch Clarke
Chris Holdsworth vs Chico Camus
Tony Ferguson vs Katsunori Kikuno
Michael Chiesa vs Francisco Trinaldo
Jamie Varner vs James Krause Takeya Mizugaki vs Francisco Rivera
Robbie Lawler vs Jake Elllenberger
Daniel Cormier vs Dan Henderson
Main Event for the bantamweight championship:
Renan Barao vs TJ Dillashaw
10 out of 10
Review-I am going to come off looking like an idiot when I say this, but I am starting too really like the women in the Octagon more than the men. 174 I really loved the fight between Elizabeth Phillips and Letourneau. I feel with Rousey being such a dominant female right now, the field is open for that one woman to come around and upset her. I know all the talk is Cyborg dropping weight to maybe try and fight her, then not fighting her, then thinking about it again. Gina finally coming to UFC in a legend vs student match with Rousey has my attention as well. Not taking anything away from the other contenders as well. The women’s division in UFC is really heating up. UFC performed in Canada and I think this card had its moments Ryan Bader faced Rafael Feijao being one of them. This was a match that I feel made Bader look dominant in the first two rounds, and Feijao who was once the king of Strikeforce I feel has really looked lost since coming to UFC. The co-main event featured welterweight action as Rory MacDonald went up against Tyron Woodley. This was another highlight; McDonald looked amazing and put on a clinic.
The main event saw Ali Bagautinov challenging Demetrious Johnson for the Flyweight title. Another highlight as Ali and Johnson delivered a hell of a fight that really made up for the rest of the card which I felt was really lackluster and came across as more of a Fox freebie than anything for a PPV. All in all, the high points outranked the low ones, this is a PPV that if you love the people in the co main event, then you should buy it, if not there is nothing really worth your time, beside the two other fights that if you missed them, it would be no big deal.
8 out of 20