ANAHEIM, Calif. — UFC 241 is shaping up to be a stellar card, featuring a heavyweight championship rematch and the return of one of MMA’s most popular stars.
Daniel Cormier, in what might be the last fight of his career, will defend his heavyweight title in tonight’s main event versus former champ Stipe Miocic. In the co-main event, Nate Diaz will fight for the first time in three years, taking on Anthony Pettis.
But before the headliners step into the Octagon, there are several fights with key implications. Here’s how they’re going down.
Fight in progress.
It wasn’t a perfect fight for “Mr. Perfect.” But it was enough to get the nod.
Kang beat Davis by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) in a back-and-forth bout with some fun striking exchanges and solid ground work. Kang dropped Davis with a right hand in the first round and was able to control him on the ground in the third. In the second, Davis had some nice moments, wobbling Kang on several occasions with hard punches.
Kang (16-8, 1 NC) has now won two straight and he’s a shoo-in to be on the UFC’s card in South Korea in December. The 31-year-old fighter has won five or six overall. Davis (10-6), a 29-year-old Mississippi resident, has lost four of six.
It’s rare to have a more dominating performance without a finish like the one Mazo did.
The blue-chip Colombian prospect rocked Dobson with a body kick in the first, ate her up in the clinch in the second and hammered away with knees from a Thai clinch in the third en route to a unanimous decision (30-24, 30-25, 30-25) victory. The result was the most lopsided of any women’s fight in UFC history. Dobson put forth almost no offense, although she was never really close to being finished.
Mazo (7-1) fell in her UFC debut to Maryna Moroz by unanimous decision at UFC Philadelphia in March. The 22-year-old Kings MMA product made her name with two head-kick knockouts in LFA. Dobson (3-3), a 30-year-old Washington, D.C., resident, has dropped two in a row after winning her UFC debut in 2017.
Still to come:
Anthony Pettis vs. Nate Diaz
Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic