UFC Vegas 22 – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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UFC Vegas 22 is in the books, and it was an interesting night of fights, to say the least. We had some great knockouts, some decisions, and thankfully, no fights decided via the foul. In the main event, Derek Brunson wrestled his to a five-round unanimous decision victory over Kevin Holland.

In the co-main event of UFC Vegas 22, Max Griffin had a tremendous performance and won himself $50,000 when he knocked out Song Kenan in the first round of their fight. He needed only 2:20 to render Kenan unconscious. That said, Max missed out on this list this week, but if he continues to perform like he did last night, he’ll be better than good, he’ll be great.

UFC Vegas 22 – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Good – Grant Dawson

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Grant Dawson is a bad man. He had a competitive fight with Leonardo Santos and was told entering round three that he could well need a stoppage. He completed that task, earning the KO victory with an amazing one second left on the clock in the fight.

He took Santos down, and as the clock was running out, postured up and landed a series of hammer fists that first dazed, and then knocked Santos out cold. On the last hammer fist, his mouthpiece went flying and the referee jumped in to stop the fight. You have to love seeing a fighter trying to close the show right up the final tick of the clock. Big thumbs up for Dawson for not caring how much time is left, and just throwing caution to the wind and look for the KO.

The Bad – Kevin Holland and his Fight IQ

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Kevin Holland came into the cage and from the word go, was wrestled to his back and held there. I understand Brunson has excellent takedowns, but Holland seemed to think it was a good idea three and four rounds into body triangle from the bottom rather than try and get back to his feet where he had success. He’s a fun fighter and is always looking to chat and talk his way through the fight, but you have to have a desire to win first, and then the rest of the shtick doesn’t matter.

It was beyond frustrating to watch him seemingly happy to lay on his back and lose rounds. Holland lost on all three judges scorecards 4 rounds to 1. He just seems more into his gimmick than he into winning. Hopefully, in his next outing, he’ll press more to win. As far as Derek Brunson goes, it’s his fourth consecutive victory and he called out Paulo Costa after the victory. I’m all in for that.

The Ugly – Welcome to the UFC Harry Hunsucker

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Harry Hunsucker made his UFC debut Saturday night, and it didn’t last long. He was met in the middle of the cage by Tai Tuivasa and “Bam Bam” landed a right hand that hurt Hunsucker. Tuivasa followed it up with another right, knocking Hunsucker down. Tuivasa jumped on Hunsucker and in less than a minute the fight was over. UFC Vegas 22 is probably not a night Mr. Hunsucker is going to want to remember.

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Dan has been covering and writing about MMA since 2001 when he started at Sherdog. He is a fan of all Bay Area sports teams and loves the San Francisco 49ers.

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