September offered a lot of insight into the current landscape of mixed martial arts.
UFC 191 taught us that John Lineker actually has a chance to succeed as an undersized fighter in the quasi-deep waters the UFC’s bantamweight division has to offer. Two fights later and we were reminded that Paige VanZant is an impressive fighter when facing not-so-impressive fighters. By the time the night was over, we had vivid images of just how hard of a puncher Anthony “Rumble” Johnson is. Much to John Dodson’s dismay, September reminded us that Demetrious Johnson is still far and beyond the best 125-pound fighter the world has ever seen.
Outside of the UFC’s treacherous waters, Bellator light heavyweight Phil Davis showed us just how good he can be when fighting, you know, non-UFC light heavyweights. He stopped former champion Emmanuel Newton and Francis Carmont on the same night in what was the greatest performance of his relatively successful career. Bellator Dynamite 1 also showed us that despite being as healthy as he’s ever been, a 40-year-old Tito Ortiz was no match for Liam McGeary and his slick submission game.
One night prior at WSOF 23, Justin Gaethje proved he didn’t need quite as much time to defeat his repeat challenger in Luis Palomino, defeating his exciting dance partner a round earlier than he did five months prior.
By the time the month was over, Uriah Hall had shed himself of his status as an almost-there contender, acting as the first man to stop Gegard Mousasi via strikes with a jumping-spinning-back-kick, flying-knee combo at UFC Fight Night 75 in Japan’s Saitama Super Arena.
August brings us some more enticing matchups with questions ready to be answered. Scroll on to see what MMA fights made our top five in the month of October.