The UFC returned to Vancouver B.C. Canada after over two years absence, it felt like a welcomed return with an impressive fight night card. Local fighter Jeremy Kennedy made his UFC debut at 155lb’s and the home crowd were behind him chanting “JCB”from the 1st round, overall the weight looked like a bit much for the 23 year old but he was the better striker and defended take downs from Ontario’s Alessandro Ricci to win by unanimuous decision.

After the we seen Chad Laprise get an early TKO win over Thibault Gouti in 96 seconds, which provided an exciting finish for the early prelims. The second fight of the prelims between Garreth McLellan and Alessio Di Chirico battled for three rounds, McLellan’s ear opened up but he bounced back every time to test the younger Italian fighter Di Chirico. By the end of the fight it was extremely close on the judges cards, but Di Chirico took the win by split decision.

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Sam “Smiley” Alvey had another reason to keep on smiling after his 2nd round win over Kevin Casey. In the main event we finally got to see Joe Lauzon get a second shot at Jim Miller, the fight didn’t disappoint and both they earned themselves fight of the night, with Jim Miller earning his second straight UFC win.

This was Paige VanZant’s UFC return after her first UFC loss and brief stint at dancing with stars, the 1st round was close against challenger Bec Rawlings. However in the second “12 gauge” Paige came flying out with a karate style kick to knock Rawlings down, a real highlight reel moment and the crowd were loving every second of it. In the co-main event former champion Anthony Pettis made his featherweight debut, he managed to get the win over Charles Oliveira and has made improvements from his last few losses.

The anticipation between Carlos Condit and Demian Maia might not of quiet lived up to the hype. Condit fell into Maia’s trap early on, and engaged enough to get caught in another Jui Jitsu masterclass. Managing to make Condit tap after 1.52 in the first round.

Maia has proved himself after six straight wins, only receiving 13 strikes in his last four fights which shows incredible skill. If not will we see Maia vs “Wonderboy” Thompson for the title decider? This would be any true martial artists fight with two complete contrasting styles.

 

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