UFC Fight Night 64 Surprises
UFC Fight Night 64 took place this past weekend from the Krakow Arena in Krakow, Poland. In the headliner, Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ got revenge on Gabriel Gonzaga by stopping him in the third round via TKO. They met for the first time several years ago and Gonzaga knocked him out cold with Cro Cop’s own signature move, the head kick.
During every single MMA event out there, there are always some shocking moments and surprises throughout the event.
Without further ado, here are the top three surprises from UFC Fight Night 64.
Joanne Calderwood loses by armbar quickly
No one expected women’s strawweight contender Joanne Calderwood would lose against Maryna Moroz, nevermind how quick she actually did. Many people, likely including the UFC brass, were already “penciling in” champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Joanne Calderwood for the upcoming Scotland show in July. However, Moroz shook up the new division and became a new contender of her own by submitting the highly-touted contender in the first round. Calderwood was even the biggest favourite on the card, absolutely no one, saw her losing this fight — but that’s why MMA is so entertaining…anything can happen.
Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ changes things around in third round in early ‘Comeback of the Year’ candidate
Despite losing their first meeting, several people picked (possibly because their heart told them to) ‘Cro Cop’ to beat Gonzaga in the rematch. Whether or not those people were confident in the man making his return to the promotion or not, absolutely no one was confident 10 minutes into the bout. Gonzaga was smothering him for two full rounds, and was simply dominating. Come the third round though, things shifted around. ‘Cro Cop’ made a huge comeback and ended up getting the third-round TKO win, getting revenge on the man who beat him in 2007.
Jimi Manuwa vs. Jan Blachowicz went the distance
When two heavy-hitters are paired up to throw bombs at each other, everyone predicts a stoppage. Most MMA fans thought Jimi Manuwa vs. Jan Blachowicz was not going the distance, at all. Some people did believe in the hometown boy, Blachowicz, but most picked the top light heavyweight, Manuwa. The Brit did pick up a win, but it was not via TKO. Or knockout. Or even submission. Manuwa won a (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) unanimous decision.