UFC 165 kicked off today, which featured an exciting bantamweight bout between heavy-hitters Mitch Gagnon and Dustin Kimura. Both were looking to get a win in hopes of moving up the ladder, which is currently being reigned by Dominick Cruz and Renan Barao.
Coming into this fight, Gagnon was looking to showcase his skills and get back in the action, as it had been a little over a year before he had competed. This was due to some injuries suffered during training camp. Gagnon started off with a bang against Kimura, landing goods shots to the body. He would eventually stuff a takedown from Kimura, locking up a guillotine submission. Kimura refused to tap and instead went unconscious.
This was a huge win for Gagnon, as it was in his hometown of Canada, and it was a sterling performance from Gagnon from start to finish. He is now 10-2 in his overall fighting career, and he made a huge statement tonight, as Kimura has looked so dominate and sported an undefeated record prior to this fight.
Gagnon is a huge bantamweight for the division, and his boxing seems to be coming along nicely. Couple this with his submission sills, and you have a dangerous bantamweight who could potentially fight for a title after several more impressive wins. It will be interesting to see who the UFC matches him up with next, but Gagnon proved tonight he still has a lot left in his fighting career. Whether it’s on the feet or on the ground, Gagnon is a very dangerous opponent.