2018 continues to roll along and there were so many good fights this last month, primarily in knockout finishes:
10) Vadim Nemkov beats Liam McGeary via technical knockout – Bellator 194: Mitrione vs. Nelson 2
Capitalizing on an opportunity, Vadin Nemkov was able to get a TKO win against former champ Liam McGeary.
9) Damon Jackson defeats Chris Pecero via technical submission – Legacy FA 33: Willis vs. Stewart
Damon Jackson was able to choke Chris Pecero out cold in a technical submission victory at Legacy FA 33.
8) Tai Tuivasa defeats Cyril Asker via technical knockout victory – UFC 221: Romero vs. Rockhold
There are few times when elbows are utilized as well as when Tai Tuivasa constantly elbowed Cyril Asker to a technical knockout victory. Tuivasa demonstrated an ability to use elbows better then Jon Jones elbowing ability.
7) Curtis Blaydes defeats Mark Hunt via unanimous decision – UFC 221: Romero vs. Rockhold
Curtis Blaydes proved his potential by both taking down Mark Hunt and trading at him in a technical way.
6) Lyoto Machida defeats Eryk Anders via split decision – UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Anders
After years of trying to get back to the top, Lyoto Machida made a step upwards with a win against Eryk Anders.
5) Jeremy Stephens defeats Josh Emmett via knockout victory – UFC on Fox: Emmett vs. Stephens
Jeremy Stephens stopped the ascent of Josh Emmett by setting himself apart and breaking out himself. The win hasn’t earned him an immediate title shot as of yet but it has certainly bumped him up the featherweight rankings.
4) Greg Rebello defeats Travis Wiuff via technical knockout victory – CES 48 – Upset of the Month
Making a name for himself by knocking out veteran Travis Wiuff, Greg Rebello pulled an arguable upset.
3) Valentina Shevchenko defeats Priscila Cachoeira – UFC Fight Night 125 – Submission of the Month
Valentina Shevchenko massacred Priscila Cachoeira in a clear tune up match and earned a UFC Women’s Flyweight Championship title shot against champion Nicco Montano sometime later this year, probably summer.
2) Yoel Romero defeats Luke Rockhold via knockout victory – UFC 221 – Knockout of the Month
Though he didn’t win the Interim Championship, Yoel Romero earned a title shot with his highlight knockout against Luke Rockhold and earning a rematch with champion Robert Whittaker at UFC 225 on June 9th.
1) Jessica Andrade decisions Tecia Torres – UFC on Fox: Emmett vs. Stephens – Fight of the Month
Tecia Torres tried to keep Jessica Andrade at bay with her striking but Andrade’s wrestling came out on top.