UFC Vegas 3:
UFC Vegas 3 (a.k.a., UFC on ESPN 11), the fourth straight card to take place from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas is now in the books.
As has been the case with all UFC shows since March 14, UFC Vegas 3 occurred without a live audience present in an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Out of the 12 MMA contests taking place on Saturday night, five ended in stoppages, accounting for a rate of 41.6 percent on the evening.
There have been 77 individual UFC fights that have taken place since the promotion’s May 9 return to live action, and of those 77 fights, 38 have ended by stoppage.
This makes for a stoppage rate of 49.3 percent since May 9.
The Fights Themselves:
Austin Hubbard vs. Max Rohskopf:
The first fight of the evening was also its most controversial.
After getting dominated by Austin Hubbard (12-4) in the second round, Max Rohskopf (5-1) asked his cornerman to stop the fight, which he failed to.
Rohskopf resigned from the competition, giving Hubbard the win by TKO due to retirement at the end of the second round.
During Saturday night’s main card, ESPN reported that the Nevada State Athletic Commission will launch an investigation into the stoppage.
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Lauren Murphy:
Murphy (13-4) led on all three statistical categories, including two takedowns against Modafferi (24-17) to win this fight by unanimous decision.
Frank Camacho vs. Justin Jaynes:
Justin Jaynes (16-4), who previously fought in Warrior Xtreme Cagefighting, took this fight against Frank Camacho (22-9) last Wednesday after original opponent Matt Frevola (8-1-1) was forced to withdraw due to his cornerman testing positive for COVID-19.
Despite the short notice, Jaynes made good in his UFC debut, scoring a first-round knockout in just 42 seconds.
Gillian Robertson vs. Cortney Casey:
Gillian Robertson (8-4) scored three takedowns against Cortney Casey (9-8) and managed to seize momentum of the fight from Casey with cage control.
She submitted Casey in the final minute of round three.
Marc-Andre Barriault vs. Oskar Piechota:
Barriault (12-4) doubled up Piechota (11-4) in terms of strikes (74-38), scoring a takedown along the way, en route to a second-round knockout (ground and pound).
Tecia Torres vs. Briana van Buren:
Torres (11-5) landed 111 total strikes over 15 minutes and withstood two takedowns from Briana van Buren (9-3) to score the unanimous decision (30-27 from all three cards).
Bobby Green vs. Clay Guida:
In your featured prelim, Green (25-10) outlanded Guida (35-20) in strikes (90-27).
After 15 minutes of action, the judges saw it in Green’s favor (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
Jim Miller vs. Roosevelt Roberts:
Saturday’s main card began with the only stoppage in that portion of the card.
In a 160-lb. catchweight contest, Jim Miller (32-14) locked in an armbar during the first round, forcing Roosevelt Roberts (10-2) to submit in two minutes and 25 seconds.
Belal Muhammad vs. Lyman Good:
Muhammad (17-3) narrowly outlanded Good (21-6) in strikes by an 86-84 margin, but it was the former’s two takedowns that proved to be the difference maker in this Welterweight showcase, won by Muhammad via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28.)
Raquel Pennington vs. Marion Reneau:
In this Women’s Bantamweight contest, Pennington (11-8) converted on 72 percent of her strike attempts, compared to a 53 percent success rate for Reneau (9-6), giving Pennington the win on the cards (29-28, 29-28, 30-27.)
Josh Emmett vs. Shane Burgos:
UFC Vegas 3’s co-main event saw Josh Emmett (16-2) trail Shane Burgos (13-2) in strikes landed (148-128), but Emmett landed a takedown in the fight to give him the win by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27).
Curtis Blaydes vs. Alexander Volkov:
In the main event on Saturday night, Curtis Blaydes (14-2) did everything but score the knockout vs. Alexander Volkov (31-8), setting the UFC Heavyweight record for most takedowns in a single fight with 14.
After 25 minutes, the scorecards came back unanimously for Blaydes (49-46, 48-47, 48-46.)