In what turned out to be one of the better UFC Apex cards of the year, three stars from UFC Vegas 44 stuck out through it all. While fans have plenty of options for a favorite fight, it is Dana White who has some tough decisions to make for bonuses.
Three Stars From UFC Vegas 44
With just four decisions on a 13 fight ESPN card for the promotion, momentum is riding high for the UFC heading into UFC 269 fight week. Last night was all Bellator with the incredible Sergio Pettis knockout and the Grand Prix announcement but it seems tonight card has stolen the attention from them back to the UFC.
This card had a pleasant mix of old faces for UFC and MMA fans such as Clay Guida, Bryan Barberena, and of course Jose Aldo to go with some new young faces such as Brendan Allen, Rafael Fiziev, and Rob Font.
Just like the card was a perfect mesh so were the outcomes, some veterans extended careers while younger guys were able to establish themselves as contenders and staples of a surging youth movement in the promotion.
Only three fighters can be stars though and we have those selected for you right here.
This is a no-brainer, right? A truly vintage performance from the Brazilian legend as he dispatched rising contender Rob Font. Aldo was able to bring his complete arsenal of tools with the counter punching, leg kicks, and bodywork all just flowing freely through his mind and to his body. The closest we have seen to a classic Aldo performance in years and it has people talking about his chances for a title now.
Post-fight he called out T.J. Dillashaw for a fight while the division waits on Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling to figure their business out.
What a run by Chris Curtis in the last month, he gets a stoppage win as an underdog again but this time against the surging Brendan Allen. He unleashed a flurry of hooks, uppercuts, and knees with Allen against the cage until he collapsed the referee was forced to step in.
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Curtis may find himself with another matchup quickly since he has escaped both fights with no visible injuries and with the promotion already making fun matchups for 2022, keeping Curtis warm is a benefit to everyone and made this an easy choice as one of the three stars from UFC Vegas 44.
The last star of the night was a tough one because as mentioned there are so many choices but we go with a throwback choice as “the Carpenter” turned back the clock.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) December 5, 2021
After being down in the scorecards after round one, Guida was able to secure a rear-naked choke against Leonardo Santos and secure his 17th career UFC win. It’s fun to know that as long as his brother is available to slap him pre-fight that we will always have his entertainment handy.