MMAjunkie's 'Fight of the Month' for January: A bloody barnburner

With another month full of MMA action on the books, MMAjunkie watches the best fights of January 2019: Here are the five nominees, arranged chronologically, and winners of the "Fight of the Month" award from MMAjunkie in January.

In the lower part of the publication, let us know if we are correct in your choice.

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The Nominees

Geoff Neal def. Belal Muhammad at UFC on ESPN + 1

Geoff Neal (11-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC) continued to shine early in his career in the UFC when he delivered three rounds of offense in Belal Muhammad (14-3, 5-2 UFC), that somehow could survive all that.

Neal used his entire skill set to bleed and beat Muhammad during 15 minutes of welterweight action. In the end, he left the octagon with the unanimous decision victory and his perfect UFC record still intact.

Donald Cerrone def. Alexander Hernandez at UFC on ESPN + 1

It turns out that Donald Cerrone (35-11 MMA, 22-8 UFC) was not interested in being the springboard of Alexander Hernandez (10-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) , after all.

After being bothered by the conversation of the younger man on the road leading up to the fight, Cerrone had the last laugh, bleeding Hernandez with punches before throwing him with a kick in the head and finishing the lightweight fight with strikes to incite unemployment.

Joseph Benavidez def. Dustin Ortiz at UFC on ESPN + 1

Joseph Benavidez (27-5 MMA, 14-3 UFC) repeated the story with another victory over Dustin Ortiz (19-8 MMA, 8-6 UFC) in his rematch of flyweight.

After making a decision for Ortiz in November 2014, Benavidez did it again with another unanimous decision in a matter that had to face a lot of wild transitions in the course of 15 minutes.

Adriano Moraes, def. Geje Eustaquio in ONE Championship 88

In his third fight for the title and in the first trilogy in the history of ONE Championship, Adriano Moraes (18-3) claimed the flyweight title of Geje Eustaquio (11- 7). [19659002] Moraes made a unanimous decision of Eustaquio, the favorite of the fans of the country of origin, in a round-trip fight. After dividing the results of his first fight in September 2014 and his rematch last June, Moraes got what could apparently be the last meeting with a solid performance in five rounds.

Juan Archuleta, def. Ricky Bandejas in Bellator 214

Ricky Bandejas (11-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) caught the attack of Juan Archuleta (21-1 MMA, 4-0 BMMA), but it was not enough to change of momentum in the cage before it was a bit late.

Archuleta fought his way through several shots to impose his will and win a unanimous decision of 29-28 (https://mmajunkie.com/ 2019/01 / bellator-214-results-juan-archuleta-defeats- ricky-trays-unanimous decision) on Bandejas, extending his winning streak to 17 fights and marking a successful return to the bantamweight division.

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The Winner: Geoff Neal vs. Belal Muhammad

Neal ended Belal Muhammad's four-fight winning streak with an excellent performance that ended in a unanimous decision victory.

Neal's takedown defense held firm throughout the fight, and his punches were on the mark when he bloodied and hit Muhammad in three rounds.

Geoff Neal I can finally say that I'm a UFC fighter & # 39; after the UFC victory in Brooklyn over Belal Muhammad

Geoff Neal of the UFC will not stop working on the server until he has $ 1 million in the bank

The final frame was his best work as he defeated the always daring Muhammad twice in the frame to secure scores of 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27 and remain undefeated in his career in UFC.

"I feel very good, I hate decisions, but Belal is a difficult opponent," Neal said after his victory. "I knew it was hard, and I was ready to make a decision." I have seen fights in which he has been wounded and has returned. I wanted an end, but I will make a decision. I'm happy to get the victory. "

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