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2020 Review: Welterweight Division – MMA Sports

2020 was a lifelong wild year for MMA. It’s hard to remember what happened with every action taken during the year. This series aims to help with that, giving an overview of what happened in each weight class and what to expect in 2021.

Good things

For all the celebrities in the welterweight division, there wasn’t much activity in 2020.But the notable exception to that is Gilbert Burns.. Burns had a year of competing for the “Fight of the Year” honor when he won the two biggest victories of his career in a dominant way. In March, Burns knocked out Demian Maia And in May it surpassed the former champion Tyron Woodley 5 rounds or more. With just these two performances, he jumped to the top of the welterweight ranking and became the champion. Kamaru Usman..

Elsewhere in the UFC, many other fighters created their names in the main way. Khamzat Chimaev MMA Fighting Breakout Fighter of the Year (Although he fought mainly as middleweight); Chaos Williams Behind two ultra-fast knockouts, he finished fourth in these rankings.And Daniel Rodriguez I fought four times and won three games.Needless to say, the other top 10 fighters Vicente Luke And Neil Magny It continued to rise toward the title battle.

The rest of the welterweight division was fully utilized as the division’s top names weren’t very excited this year.

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Tyron Woodley was one of the greatest welterweights of all time, and for most of the last few years he was mainly interested in catching up. Georges St-Pierre Legacy. After his 2020 campaign, his focus is simply to win the round.

After losing his belt to Usman in 2019, “The Chosen One” told everyone that his boring performance would be an extraordinary event. But in 2020, he did nothing to back it up and lost almost every second of his fight against Gilbert Burns. Colby Covington.. That’s a total of 46 minutes Woodley fought in 2020, and 46 minutes he lost. Perhaps the worst part, except for the sharp decline, is the fact that he was stopped by his candid rival Colby Covington with a 20-minute bang.

2020 was by far the worst year of Tyron Woodley’s career.

Busy

In 2020, the UFC’s welterweight division was more chaotic than any other division in the sport.

At the beginning of the year, Kamaru Usman was to face Jorge Masvidal In a very marketable title battle.However, Masvidal began a feud with the UFC over compensation, replacing Gilbert Burns. UFC 251.. Burns was then infected with COVID-19 and was expelled from the card. Everyone except Masvidal came a week ago to fight Usman. UFC is Usman vs. He was reluctant to rebook Burns, but when it was finally set up in December, Usman withdrew due to an injury.

These cancellations and rebookings weren’t limited to the title photo: Breakout star Khamzat Chimaev was kicked out of the expected battle. Leon Edwards December (and the upcoming match at UFC Fight Island 8). Geoff Neal Later expelled from the battle with Neil Magny Almost dyingDozens of other matches have been booked, rebooked or canceled due to the constant change in the situation due to the coronavirus.

The department’s MVP isn’t just about the question, “Who is the best fighter in the department?” Instead, find out who provided the most entertainment in the sector throughout the year, winning or losing.

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Despite the lack of activity at the top, the 2020 welterweight division played hosts of many fighters who rattled multiple victories, many of which were impressive. Vicente Luque played one of the best fights of the year and won another excellent KO. Gilbert Burns won two dominant wins against top-ranked opponents, and Neil Magny made a hat-trick decision. Michel Pereira Brought to him his trademark crazy brand. But just as those fighters were impressive, only one man offered one of the best knockouts of the year and one of the best submissions of the year.

Sweden’s outlook after flushing the UFC in 2018 Oliver Encamp Eventually it became Bellator, and in 2020, “The Future” appeared. In February, Enkamp was knocked out Lewis Long When Bellator returns to Dublin.Then in October, when Bellator held the first licensed MMA event in France, Encamp raised himself by one by submitting. Emmanuel Dawa Comes with a Japanese tie. Sure, neither win was as impressive as Burns, who dominated Woodley and Myr in the same year, but the performance was definitely more interesting.

Honorable Mentions: Vicente Luque, Gilbert Burns, Neil Magny, Michel Pereira, Daniel Rodriquez, Miguel Baeza

Gilbert Burns Stop Punchy Demian Maia, UFC Brasilia

With Vicente Luke Niko Price Wear Fight of the Year Candidate In their rematch UFC 249

Vicente Luke knock out Randy Brown, UFC Vegas 5

Diego Sanchez Win with DQ Michel Pereira against UFC Rio Rancho

Michel Pereira hand in Zelim Imadaev Rear Naked Choke, UFC Vegas 9

Chaos Williams knock out Alex Morono In 27 seconds UFC 247

Chaos Williams knock out Abdul Razak Al Hassan In 30 seconds UFC Vegas 14

Sean Brady sleep Christian Aguilera With a mounted guillotine, UFC Vegas 8

Khamzat Chimaev smash Squirrel McKee, UFC Fight Island 1

Miguel Baeza knock out Matt brown ESPN8 UFC with left hook

Miguel Baeza hand in Takashi Sato Arm triangle choke, UFC

Daniel Rodriguez hand in Tim Means Standing Guillotine, UFC Rio Rancho

Daniel Rodriguez knock out Dwight Grant, ESPN15 UFC

Anthony Pettis And Donald Cerrone Fight closely In their rematch, UFC 249

Raymond Daniels Finish Jason King With punch, Bellator 238

Raymond Daniels Land a terrifying spinback kick in your crotch of Peter stanonic, Bellator 245

Oliver Encamp knock out Luis Long with a spinning backfist, Bellator 240

Oliver Enkamp submits Emmanuel Dawa in Japanese tie Bellator 248

Neiman Gracie hand in Jon Fitch With heel hook, Bellator 246

Sabahomashi knock out Bobby Volker Bellator 250 with Flying Knee

Roman Farald knock out Pat Casey Flying knee, Bellator 252

Towards 2021

Outside the UFC, it will be difficult for the welterweight division to have a better year. The PFL will resume operations. In other words, the welterweight division can be reopened and become the Bellator champion. Douglas LimaReturning to his kingdom to defend against a number of marketable challengers, anew from the failure of attempts to claim a middleweight title. So I’m looking for a welterweight this year.

Within the UFC, 2020 was a slump for the welterweight division, but 2021 could be an improvement for the champion’s weight class.Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns will fight in February Dana White The UFC says it is interested in booking Colby Covington vs. Jorge Masvidal. Of course, unless Leon Edwards and Khamzat Chimaev actually fight, we may set the next title challenger. All of these are great fights, which could lead to even better fights later this year, making 2021 truly spectacular.There is also an unprecedented battle with Neil Magny Michael chiesa, And both men win three straight games, and the winner is sure to enter the title conversation.Then there are rumors of potential returns from the MMA legend Nick diaz, Reportedly wants a top name at 170.

Even if some of these things happen, 2021 will be better than last year, and if all happens, it will be the year of the era. Hope you don’t have to step on your feet anymore.


– MMA Sports

2020 Review: Welterweight Division

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