UFC 277 on Saturday evening was an ideal providing. The bantamweight headliner was totally entertaining, and the flyweight co-headliner topped a brand new interim champion.
The preliminary portion of the card noticed Orion Cosce earn his first UFC win with a unanimous determination over Blood Diamond. The win was good, however what was nicer? The double backfist! Nonetheless not over it. Nicolae Negumereanu went berserk on Ihor Potieria, blitzing the newcomer with punches and knees up in opposition to the cage for a second-round TKO. That sequence was particularly violent, contemplating Potieria was and not using a mouthpiece for many of it. Joselyne Edwards earned a cut up determination in opposition to Ji Yeon Kim, who fell to 0-4 in her previous 4 appearances. Michael Morales saved his undefeated file intact and improved to 2-0 below the UFC banner with a third-round TKO of Adam Fugitt. Need a phrase of recommendation? Keep watch over this prospect. Drakkar Klose met a short-notice opponent in Rafa García, who he defeated by unanimous determination. Klose advised UFC colour commentator Joe Rogan he desires a struggle in opposition to Tony Ferguson subsequent to see ‘who the king of Michigan is.’ Not a nasty callout. Hamdy Abdelwahab went the gap with Don’Story Mayes for a cut up determination in his UFC debut. Drew Dober vs. Rafael Alves was a lot enjoyable! The early ‘Struggle of the Night time’ contender ended after Dober folded Alves with a brutal physique shot within the third spherical. Alex Morono outstruck Matthew Semelsberger over the course of three rounds. The ‘Nice White’ even closed up the left eye of ‘Semi the Jedi,’ who was pressured to go all out within the ultimate minutes of the struggle. Semelsberger practically ended issues with a flying knee that despatched Morono to the canvas, nevertheless it was not sufficient. Morono left the Octagon together with his fourth consecutive win.
The main portion of the card received off to an ideal begin as Magomed Ankalaev scored a second-round TKO of Anthony Smith. Ankalaev ground-and-pounded his method to victory after Smith appeared to endure a leg damage (replace: Smith advised reporters on press row he broke his leg throwing a kick within the first spherical). As a result of this was thought of a title eliminator, it will not be stunning to see Ankalaev get a championship alternative quickly. Alexandre Pantoja bulldozed Alex Perez! The ‘Cannibal’ wanted lower than two minutes to safe a neck crank on Perez, who was forced to tap. Pantoja stated in his post-fight interview that he was ‘prepared for the title,’ and it will be arduous to disclaim him after a efficiency like that. Sergei Pavlovich received a 55-second TKO over Derrick Lewis. Wow! The ‘Black Beast’ (and the gang in Dallas) disagreed with the stoppage, nevertheless it was nonetheless a win for Pavlovich. Brandon Moreno acquired gold once more with a third-round TKO of Kai Kara-France. Moreno vs. Kara-France 2 was a really shut struggle till the ‘Murderer Child’ completed it off with a physique kick and ground-and-pound. It appears like we’d get the first-ever tetralogy within the promotion as Moreno and UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo are poised to throw down once more. They shared a respectful second within the Octagon, too.
Amanda Nunes dominated Julianna Peña to reclaim her bantamweight championship. The ‘Lioness’ dropped the ‘Venezuelan Vixen’ a number of occasions and held her personal on the bottom for a clear sweep on the judges’ scorecards. And credit score to Peña, who was powerful all through that total struggle. She by no means stopped transferring ahead and wrapped Nunes up in a couple of submission makes an attempt, however to no avail. Now again on the throne, the champ-champ advised Rogan she desires some relaxation earlier than gearing as much as defend both of her titles once more.
Efficiency of the Night time: Drew Dober and Alexandre Pantoja
Nicolae Negumereanu def. Ihor Potieria by TKO (strikes) at 3:33 of Spherical 2
Michael Morales def. Adam Fugitt by TKO (punches) at 1:09 of Spherical 3
Drew Dober def. Rafael Alves by KO (physique punch) at 1:30 of Spherical 3
Magomed Ankalaev def. Anthony Smith by TKO (ground-and-pound) at 3:09 of Spherical 2
Alexandre Pantoja def. Alex Perez by submission (neck crank/face lock) at 1:31 of Spherical 1
Sergei Pavlovich def. Derrick Lewis by TKO (punches) at 0:55 of Spherical 1
Brandon Moreno def. Kai Kara-France by TKO (liver kick, ground-and-pound) at 4:34 of Spherical 3
Struggle of the Night time: Brandon Moreno vs. Kai Kara-France
Orion Cosce def. Blood Diamond by unanimous determination (29-28 x3)
Joselyne Edwards def. Ji Yeon Kim by cut up determination (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Drakkar Klose def. Rafa Garcia by unanimous determination (29-28 x3)
Hamdy Abdelwahab def. Don’Story Mayes by cut up determination (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Alex Morono def. Matthew Semelsberger by unanimous determination (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Amanda Nunes def. Julianna Pena by unanimous determination (50-45, 50-44, 50-43)