Weight class: Featherweight
Result: Joanderson Brito def. Diego Lopes through technical unanimous resolution 29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Summary: Despite displaying a ton of potential from each a abilities and athleticism perspective, I nonetheless had a tough time justifying the next grade for Joanderson Brito as a result of quantity of fouls the Brazilian fighter produced on this efficiency.
Don’t get me unsuitable: Some of one of the best fighters on the planet aren’t past getting their fouls in, as I’m not condemning Brito right here. However, given the sheer quantity of unusual struggle endings we’ve had in 2021 alone, I don’t precisely really feel obliged to reward somebody who demonstrated practically each foul within the ebook from borderline intentional headbutts to repeated eye pokes.
That apart, Brito – who’s constructed like a Brazilian tank – seems to suit the invoice with reference to motion fighters that I’ll be looking for sooner or later.
Diego Lopes, to his credit score, was in a position to lock up some stable submission catches early on that had us all holding our breath. Nevertheless, Brito was in a position to show some stable submission protection to associate with his wrestling means and energy photographs standing.
I do know Brito remains to be younger and creating, however I wish to see him present a bit extra defensive wherewithal on the ft to assist stability out his aggression given the wholesome quantity of strikers that the UFC’s featherweight steady affords. White appeared excited in regards to the prospects of Brito, so don’t be shocked to see him again earlier than yr’s finish, probably in opposition to a reputation like Austin Lingo or Kamuela Kirk.