If you weren’t in Anaheim this weekend, you missed on hell of a fight card. There was not a disappointing moment for UFC fans and we were front and center for all the action! Here’s how UFC 214 went down.
Friday Night Alright, Alright!
Despite the wolf whistles, shout outs, and booing, there was a lot of respect between fighters during face-offs, but you could still cut the tension with a knife as fighters stared into each other’s eyes. It was Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones who stole the show. Jones thanked the fans for welcoming him back with a bow and hands clasp together in gratitude. Cormier then took the stage slow embracing the boos while staring and pointing down towards Jones.
Saturday Night is Alright for Fighting
Anaheim did not disappoint! The card was stacked full of wins that will warrant rematches. Before we get into that, let’s start with our prefight party:
The party was hosted in the Standing ‘O’ at the Honda Center for our VIP Experience guests. The smell of gourmet food wafted down the hall and we were ready to devour shrimp scampi and savory garlic chicken. The mixologists/bartenders had shining smiles and a pour so perfect that you couldn’t help but come back for more. The party room was full of entertainment; a lightning-fast XBOX ONE for guests to play UFC 2, the latest game in EA Sport’s MMA genre. There was also a UFCVIP Photo Booth with an Octagon backdrop which is always a big hit with everyone including our guest fighters! What fighters you ask?
Among the crowd, you could spot Uriah Faber, Joseph Benavidez and Cub Swanson for starters. Midway through our prefight party, Heather Jo Clark, Cat Zingano, and UFC personalities, Kenda Perez and Megan Olivi, graced us with their presence as they mingled with guests. These UFC stars shared their opinions of the 214 fight card and took photos with everyone around. The fighters kept coming in and so did the sass as Felice Herrig and Carla Esparza, joined the party. They even stole the show by pulling guests out of seats to come take photos! Cue the thunder and lightning as our last fighter appearance of the night, Cynthia Calvillo, showed up. Calvillo shares the women’s strawweight division with Herrig & Esparza and is rumored to fight Carla Esparza next and we cannot wait!
Crying on a Saturday Night
What an exciting night! Between the flurries and exchanges, the card only saw one Submission. That submission was awarded “Fight of the Night” as Ortega drove Moicano straight out of the Octagon. The night was full of knockouts including a 30-second KO coming from Oezdemir against Manuwa. Oezdemir earned the “Performance of the Night.” A new women’s featherweight was crowned, as Cris Cyborg finally gets to hear her name paired with the word Champion.
There was also a record broken Saturday night and it was completely anticlimactic. Woodley vs Maia broke the record for the least amount of strikes thrown. Lastly, a returning warrior, Jon Jones, reclaimed the light heavyweight throne over a heartbroken Daniel Cormier halfway through the third round. UFC awarded Jones a ‘Performance of the Night’ but the fans gave him the best award he could ever receive - acknowledgment of his return and a standing ovation!
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Written with assitance from Mark Rhodes