High Stakes for Rolando Dy’s Second Chance
Fighting in the hallowed Octagon is Rolando Dy’s dream “since Day One.” However, Dy will have to literally fight for his dream to stay alive, as he was given another chance to remain in the roster of the premier MMA league.
Dy revealed that the UFC already decided to cut him last month. “[Nakatanggap] kami ng email sa UFC na they will cut me. So, okay, tinanggap namin ‘yon,” Dy shared. (We received an email from the UFC that they will cut me. So, okay, we accepted that.)
But Dy’s UFC tenure is not over just yet; he received another email from the UFC, asking him to fight on a two-week notice. And although it was a very steep mountain to climb, Dy agreed to fight Wuliji Buren in the preliminary card of UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs Gastelum, in his opponent’s home of Shanghai, China.
Since making his Octagon debut last June, Dy has yet to taste victory inside an Ultimate Fighting Championship cage. Dy showed fire in the opening round of his debut fight against veteran Alex Caceres, but he was TKO’d due to an eye injury that he suffered in the second round.
He then had a shot at redemption three months later, but he was beaten by Japanese Teruto Ishihara via unanimous decision in the undercard of UFC Saitama.
How Did Rafael Dos Anjos Fair Against Tarec Saffiedine?
After enduring three main card bouts that went the distance, many people would probably remember Holly Holm’s third-round head kick KO of Bethe Correira as the highlight of UFC Fight Night Singapore. While it’s hard to argue against that, perhaps a lot of you would agree that Rafael dos Anjos’ welterweight debut against Tarec Saffiedine was the most intriguing of the main card bouts. A former champion moving up or down in weight is always an interesting prospect. The perennial question of whether they retain their speed or power, among other attributes, could be glimpsed during their debut in the new weight class. And so, here’s our breakdown of RDA’s welterweight debut performance.
Many critics point to the size differential between lightweights and welterweights in general as an obvious disadvantage for Dos Anjos. Saffiedine in particular enjoys a significant height advantage over RDA, and he is not shy about using his range to maim his opponents with kicks. Last night, we saw RDA neutralize Saffiedine’s range by cutting the Octagon and making Tarec fight in the clinch. Dos Anjos would move forward and use his signature left body kick and right leg kick to keep Saffiedine in the pocket. He would then slug with the Belgian to get close enough for the clinch. Inside the clinch, RDA fires powerful knees that visibly bucked Tarec’s midsection. Dos Anjos’ inclination to target the body paid dividends as Saffiedine showed incredible agility whenever RDA went headhunting, but could not escape the Brazilian’s left body kick which repeatedly found its home throughout the three-rounder.
“It’s business nowadays. If you don’t talk, you don’t get anywhere.”
Ever since his famous/infamous mic drop during UFC London’s post-fight press conference, interest in Gegard Mousasi has steadily increased among news sites and fight fans. For someone who has perpetually been described as quiet, calm, and stoic, this version of Mousasi caught everyone off guard, surprising even the current middleweight champion Michael Bisping, at that time sharing the card with him and having just defeated the great Anderson Silva. “I’ve never seen so much personality out of Gegard,” said Bisping during the said presser. “I like this Gegard. Look at this guy. You’ve got a snappy shirt on.”
What came after was a string of victories – all four coming by way of KO/TKO – that catapulted the former Strikeforce, Dream, and Cage Warriors champion into the Top 5 of the middleweight division and very much into title contention.