Final Combating Championship (UFC) staged its first pay-per-view (PPV) occasion of 2022 with UFC 270 happening inside Honda Middle in Anaheim, Calif., final night time (Sat., Jan. 22, 2022). In the primary occasion, Francis Ngannou defeated Ciryl Gane through unanimous choice after 25 minutes of hard-fought motion to unify the Heavyweight titles (see it again here). Within the co-headlining act, Deiveson Figueiredo grew to become the Flyweight champion as soon as once more by defeating Brandon Moreno after a troublesome 5 rounds of back-and-forth fisticuffs (highlights).
Greatest Winner: Francis Ngannou
It wasn’t through one among his patented knockouts, however Ngannou bought the job executed in California by defeating his former coaching associate to as soon as once more turn into the undisputed king of the 265-pound division. In doing so, not solely did he lay sole declare to the “Baddest Man on the Planet” label, however he proved that regardless that he did look drained early on, he can dig deep to struggle a full 25 minutes, displaying off a few of his grappling abilities within the course of. Moreover, a win provides “The Predator” loads of leverage now that will probably be time to take a seat down with the UFC brass to speak a couple of contract extension. To make issues even sweeter, he might very effectively be trying ahead to a possible big-money showdown in opposition to Jon Jones.
Runner Up: Deiveson Figueiredo
As soon as once more, Figueiredo and Moreno placed on an amazing struggle for the followers that lasted the complete 25 minutes. After it was all stated and executed, “Daico” got here out on high to take residence the unanimous choice win, placing the collection at 1-1-1. It wasn’t simple, however Figueiredo got here out only a bit extra aggressive and crisp and in a lot better form than within the second struggle. Moreno regarded nice, too, however Figueiredo was seemingly one step forward the complete struggle. Now that’s he’s again on high, Figueiredo isn’t operating away from an inconceivable fourth straight bout in opposition to “Murderer Child,” who will undoubtedly settle for it ought to UFC matchmakers determine to go that route.
Honorable Mentions: Mentioned Nurmagomedov
Cody Stamann vowed to be the first man to stop Nurmagomedov, however not earlier than out-grappling him. Sadly for the powerhouse wrestler, he by no means bought the possibility as a result of Nurmagomedov put it on him from the soar to attain a lightning-quick submission within the first spherical that took all of 47 seconds. The victory improves Nurmagomedov’s document to 4-1 and places him on the quick monitor to make some noise in a really crowded Bantamweight division. He’s regarded nice up to now in his brief stint, and issues are solely trying up for the Dagestani.
Greatest Loser: Cody Stamann
Not solely did Stamann not again up his prediction of dominating Nurmagomedov earlier than ending him, he didn’t even make it out of the primary minute of the struggle. Nurmagomedov trapped Stamann in an air-tight choke that had him tapping for pricey life as quickly as he hit the canvas. What makes the defeat a bit extra essential is the truth that it was his third straight loss contained in the Octagon. He’s now simply 2-4-1 in his final seven fights. I don’t see Stamann getting reduce after his newest setback, but it surely undoubtedly places him on skinny ice going into his subsequent bout, which might be his final contained in the Octagon if he comes up brief yet one more time.
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