By Zach Arnold | March 14, 2015
— Brian Martin (@TheBMartin) March 15, 2015
ESPN’s initial headline coming out of the UFC 185 main event was: dos Anjos embarrasses Pettis
UFC 185 on Saturday night in Dallas, Texas:
- Henry Cejudo defeated Chris Cariaso after 3R by unanimous decision.
- Heavyweights: Alistair Overeem defeated Roy Nelson after 3R by unanimous decision.
- Welterweights: Johny Hendricks defeated Matt Brown after 3R by unanimous decision.
- UFC Strawweight title match: Joanna Jedrzejczyk defeated Carla Esparza in R2 (4′17) by TKO.
- UFC Lightweight title match: Rafael Dos Anjos defeated Anthony Pettis after 5R by unanimous decision.
A lot of one-sided fights. And the heavyweight fight on the prelims with Jake Rosholt was… something. Mike Goldberg was hyping the UFC HW division as talent-filled. That… it is not.
As for the ladies’ title fight:
Carla Esparza looks completely gassed … 4 minutes into a 25 minute title fight.
— RJ Clifford (@RJcliffordMMA) March 15, 2015
This card had nowhere near the buzz despite, on paper, looking significantly more attractive than UFC 184 at Staples Center. There was a tip off that internal projections must not have been super hot:
One "tell" Fox reveals for UFC cards the suits don't think will draw big is no host crew at the show site.
— FightOpinion (@FightOpinion) March 15, 2015
Irregardless of how well this card drew (or didn’t) on PPV, I have all the respect in the world for what Rafael Cordeiro has accomplished as an MMA coach over the last two decades. He’s a Hall-of-Famer when it is all said and done. He simply manages to draw the best out of the fighters he works with. Well deserving of high praise & recognition. No matter how big the stage his fighters perform on, they do well. Kings MMA.
This Patrick Wyman feature at Sherdog from last February with Rafael Cordeiro is mandatory reading material.