UFC Fight Night 155: Urijah Faber and Germaine de Randamie show the kids how it’s done with quick wins

Germaine de Randamie stops Aspen Ladd in 16 seconds

Former UFC women’s featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie made quick work of exciting prospect Aspen Ladd on Saturday night’s main event at UFC Fight Night 155.

Right off the bat, Aspen Ladd fought aggressively and sought to take the fight to her Dutch opponent.

But de Randamie had a vicious right cross waiting for Ladd, knocking her down to the floor.

De Randamie went to ground to deliver some follow-up blows and Ladd appeared able to defend herself, but referee Herb Dean stepped in and called a stop to the fight after just 16 seconds.

Ladd and the Sacramento fans in attendance protested what they thought was a premature stoppage, but that there’s not a whole lot they can do about the result.

For the record, ex-UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley felt Dean saved Ladd from undue punishment.

De Randamie moves to 9-3 and could well be facing champion Amanda Nunes once again for a rematch after the latter essentially cleaned out her division.

 

Faber returns from retirement in style, knocking out Ricky Simon in front of hometown crowd

“The California Kid” Urijah Faber turned back the clock at 40 years old to knock out highly-touted bantamweight prospect Ricky Simon in front of his hometown crowd in Sacramento.

And it took just 46 seconds.

Simon looked to pressure Faber towards the cage early, but Faber had a vicious overhand right waiting for him.

When that landed, Simon’s legs turned to jelly and Faber was absolutely relentless in his pursuit of the finish on the ground.

After the startled Simon received one-too-many hammerfists to the head, referee Mike Beltran called the fight off, awarding Faber his first ever knockout win in the UFC and the first time he’s done that since 2007.

Many raised their eyebrows when they heard Faber was returning to the cage following his retirement in 2016, but this performance was beyond impressive for the bantamweight.

Faber called out double champion Henry Cejudo after his win. Could Faber be on a collision course with Cejudo?

 

UFC Sacramento: Aspen Ladd vs. Germaine de Randamie full results:

Women’s Bantamweight: Germaine de Randamie def. Aspen Ladd by TKO (punches) at 0:16 of round one
Bantamweight: Urijah Faber def. Ricky Simon by TKO (punches) at 0:46 of round one
Featherweight: Josh Emmett def. Mirsad Bektic by TKO (punches) at 4:25 of round one
Middleweight: Karl Roberson def. Wellington Turman by split decision after three rounds
Middleweight: Marvin Vettori def. Cezar Ferreira by unanimous decision after three rounds
Light Heavyweight: John Allan def. Mike Rodriguez by by unanimous decision after three rounds
Featherweight: Andre Fili def. Sheymon Moraes by KO (punches) at 3:07 of round one
Women’s Bantamweight: Julianna Pena def. Nicco Montano by unanimous decision after three rounds
Featherweight: Ryan Hall def. Darren Elkins by unanimous decision after three rounds
Bantamweight: Jonathan Martinez def. Pingyuan Liu by KO (knee) at 3:54 of round three
Women’s Strawweight: Brianna Van Buren def. Livia Renata Souza by unanimous decision after three rounds
Bantamweight: Benito Lopez def. Vince Morales by unanimous decision after three rounds

 

 

 

 

 

Jake Hughes

Jake Hughes

Jake Hughes is an MMA writer who has covered the sport since 2013 for publications such as Vice Sports, Fightland, Sherdog and now Fighters Only, where he serves as freelance digital editor.