The UFC concludes February with another Fight Night card. Not an excellent one, not the worst one, but simply another Apex entry in the books.
The broadcast team held their own, and as always, did a fabulous job with their assignments. But as I awoke from the deepest of slumbers on a somber Sunday morning, I found myself thinking: Is this really the new normal for the UFC? Or will the questionable quality of these cards be dashed away following the return of Jon Jones?
I’m Ben “The Bane” Davis, here are my thoughts on last night’s action…
Trouble in Vegas
So UFC Fight Night: Krylov vs. Spann dissolved during the day of the fights, with it being announced Nikita Krylov had to withdraw midway through the scheduled fight card.
Now all satire aside, I do seriously hope he is alright and there is nothing too serious affecting his health. At the end of the day, these athletes need to prioritize their bodies over everything else and walking into a crucial main event opportunity being compromised is not advisable. Losing before the fight even begins would be a shame for a competitor who is on such a hot streak.
Tatiana Suarez’s triumphant return could have been the alternate main event. But instead, the co-main athletes received the bump and longtime divisional staple Brendan Allen (6 wins in last 7 with 4 stoppages) finds the finish over submission specialist Andre Muniz (3 submissions in last 4 victories) in the twilight of the 3rd and final round.
Dispatching Muniz in that manner is an unreal feather in the cap of Allen, and in all honesty, I was unsure how he’d fare once this fight hit the mat. But I was massively mistaken.
Allen’s biggest moment, and hopefully rankings breakthrough, sets him up for a big calendar year. With his only losses since June of 2018 coming to the dynamic duo of Sean Strickland and Chris Curtis, one could conclude that Allen might be fighting his way higher up in the rankings sooner rather than later.
A card with 17 Contender Series alumni, and a stellar reminder to the masses from Jordan Leavitt, finds itself quickly in the rear view mirror. Sadly, I don’t think many will find themselves remembering this card. With the fight cancellations and lack of star-studded talent, UFC Fight Night: Muniz vs. Allen has simply come and gone.
P.S. Give Trevor Peek $100k