UFC Fight Night 201 Winners and Losers
On Saturday night, the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas hosted Fight Night.
Just a week after the promotion played to a sold-out crowd in Texas, only two of the 24 fighters on the show had a ranking number next to their name.
It was a five-round battle between 205-pounders Johnny Walker and Jamahal Hill against the Winter Olympics, NBA All-Stars, NHL hockey, and college basketball.
For ESPN, Jon Anik, Dominick Cruz, and Paul Felder ran the broadcast table, while Laura Sanko handled breaking news and features and Din Thomas handled technical analysis.
Jamahal Hill strutted menacingly around the cage.
He flexed his chest muscles and screamed into every camera he could find.
In a battle of ranked 205-pound contenders, the 30-year-old light heavyweight landed the most effective punch of a 12-bout card, a right hand high on the head of opponent Johnny Walker.
Stop doubting me, Felder. “I'm great. I just wanted to jump in and start a new conversation. It's time to change the conversation about me.
The proper exit strategy took Hill about a half-round to come up with and implement with the punch that looped over a lax Walker jab.
Walker collapsed backward into the cage after it grazed his left temple. At 2:55, Hill jumped in and landed a flush right hand on his jaw.
“I changed it up and moved forward,” Hill said. “It was difficult hitting him as a southpaw. It was timed. It landed safely. If that didn't work, I had another.”
Hill had 10 wins, 1 loss, and 1 no-contest in a career that began in 2017.
Sweet dreams, Johnny Walker. “Jamahal ‘Sweet Dreams' Hill is a new light heavyweight contender.”