Sunday, July 26, 2015

Big Bad Blog Video Theater-Elizabeth Phillips vs Jessamyn Duke

Here's the video for Elizabeth Phillips vs Jessamyn Duke from last night's UFC show in Chicago. It aired on UFC Fight Pass so a lot of fans didn't see it. Elizabeth is a teammate of Juliana Pena at Sikjitsu in Tacoma. You can hear Juliana screaming through the entire fight. After Elizabeth lost her last fight by split decision to Milana Dudieva, she almost was fired for complaining about the judging and the UFC. Just for the record, that fight stunk the joint out. But she got a reprieve. Jessamyn looked terrible losing to Leslie Smith in her last fight. Going back to her Invicta days, I thought Jessamyn was overrated and she hasn't shown me anything to make me change that. She now trains with Josh Barnett which could help her eventually. This fight could be her last chance. Basically, Elizabeth won the first two rounds and almost finished the fight a couple of times with ground and pound. But she pooped out and Jessamyn roared back in round three after Barnett read her the riot act. She did well enough to probably save her job. But it wasn't a 10-8 round. I scored it 10-9 and I thought the judges would score it that way too. Despite Joe Rogan's usual misinterpreting the effectiveness of submissions, Jessamyn controlled the round but she was never close to a finish. She needs to do that in all three rounds. So Elizabeth Phillips wins by unanimous decision. Elizabeth even had a nip slip at the end of the fight. The fan reaction to nip slips cracks me up because it's happened before and it will happen again. Of course fans are blaming the new Reebok uniforms. But if you watch carefully, for some reason Elizabeth grabbed her own top and that's what dislodged it. And just for the record, the uniforms are blah and the terms of the Reebok deal will hurt the UFC when trying to sign fighters who can make more money elsewhere. I believe it will be changed eventually by necessity when a fighter the UFC wants won't sign because of the Reebok deal. Enjoy the video!

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