Fight Of The Night: Drew Dober vs Bobby Green
Fans had this fight circled on their calendar as soon as it was announced and it surely did not disappoint. From the opening bell, there was nonstop action with both lightweights throwing damaging and powerful strikes, until one finally clicked for Drew Dober in the second round
It was a back-and-forth battle in the first round, with Bobby Green coming out more successful and landing more of his punches, doing some damage to Dober’s face. The fast-paced exchanges continued in the second round with Dober continuing to eat Green’s punches, but also securing some of his own as well. Green was backed up against the fence halfway through the round when Dober threw a left hand that landed just right, putting Green out. It was Dober’s third stoppage win of 2022 and exciting fight for fans the whole time.
Performance Of The Night: Alex Caceres
Featherweight Alex Caceres made sure to end the year on a high note, knocking out Julian Erosa in the first round. The two opponents started off the round exchanging some strikes and feeling each other out, when Caceres threw a left hand. But “Bruce Leeroy” wasn’t done there, following up the punch with an unexpected high kick that sent Erosa down to the canvas. With the win, Caceres is now tied for 5th most wins in UFC featherweight history with 10.
Performance Of The Night: Michal Oleksiejczuk
Michal Oleksiejczuk is making himself one to watch in the middleweight division after earning back-to-back stoppage wins since moving to 185. Early in the matchup, Oleksiejczuk found himself on the ground against Cody Brundage, which led to Brundage settling into back mount shortly after. This was no problem for “Hussar” who fought Brundage off, ending up in top position. After this, there was no looking back as Oleksiejczuk started raining shots down on Brundage, forcing referee Mark Smith to step in.
UFC 282: Błachowicz vs Ankalaev
December 10, 2022 | T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
- Fight Of The Night: Darren Till vs Dricus du Plessis
- Performance Of The Night: Santiago Ponzinibbio
- Performance Of The Night: Ilia Topuria
- Performance Of The Night: Raul Rosas Jr.
- Performance Of The Night: Jairzinho Rozenstruik
- Performance Of The Night: Edmen Shahbazyan
- Performance Of The Night: Chris Curtis
- Performance Of The Night: Billy Quarantillo
- Performance Of The Night: TJ Brown
- Performance Of The Night: Cameron Saaiman
Attendance: 18,455 (Sold Out)
29 consecutive sellouts with full capacity.
Fight Of The Night: Darren Till vs Dricus Du Plessis
Dricus Du Plessis and Darren Till put on an entertaining, back-and-forth bout with crucial stakes in the middleweight division. In the first round, Du Plessis stormed Till and beat the Scouser up agains the cage for most of the first round. However, Till responded in the second and saw plenty of success on the feet with Du Plessis slightly fatigued until the South African secured a takedown. In the final frame, Du Plessis turned up the pressure, and when he secured a takedown in the center of the cage, he climbed to Till’s back and earned a quick rear naked choke submission.
Performance Of The Night: Santiago Ponzinibbio
Facing Alex Morono, who replaced Robbie Lawler on short-notice, at a catchweight of 180-pounds, Santiago Ponzinibbio bounced back from a slow start to get a comeback victory. In the third round, Ponzinibbio cashed in on a steady diet of leg kicks and found a less mobile Morono in front of him. That allowed the Argentine to land a cannon of a right hand that froze Morono and earned the stoppage win.
Performance Of The Night: Ilia Topuria
In his first crack at the featherweight top-10, Ilia Topuria passed his toughest test with flying colors against Bryce Mitchell. “El Madator” seemed a step ahead all night, landing cracking punches and stuffing Mitchell’s myriad takedown attempts. In the second round, Topuria hurt Mitchell on the feet before getting him to the ground and getting the submission win to push his UFC record to 5-0 and 13-0 overall.
Performance Of The Night: Raul Rosas Jr.
Eighteen-year-old phenom Raul Rosas Jr. looked comfortable under the bright lights in T-Mobile Arena, earning a debut stoppage win over Jay Perrin. Early in the first frame, Rosas Jr. secured a takedown, took Perrin’s back and sunk in a rear naked choke becoming not only the youngest fighter to compete in the UFC, but the youngest one to win.
Performance Of The Night: Jairzinho Rozenstruik
In a blink, Jairzinho Rozenstruik halted his 2-fight losing skid with a 23-second knockout win over Chris Daukaus. “Bigi Boy” blitzed the American and eventually found the final shot that sent Daukaus clattering to the canvas.
Performance Of The Night: Edmen Shahbazyan
For the first time in three years, Edmen Shahbazyan is in the winner’s circle. “The Golden Boy” turned in a proficient effort against Dalcha Lungiambula. In the second round, Shahbazyan crashed into his opponent with a knee and swarmed punches and elbows to earn the finish.
Performance Of The Night: Chris Curtis
“The Action Man” did it again. After a couple rounds of waiting for his moment, Chris Curtis caught one of Joaquin Buckley’s high kicks and planted a straight punch that sent Buckley to the mat. After a few follow-up shots, the ref stopped the fight and presented Curtis with his 30th professional victory.
Performance Of The Night: Billy Quarantillo
Welcoming Alexander Hernandez to the featherweight division, Billy Quarantillo bounced back from getting split open in the first round and poured on the pressure in the second frame. Quarantillo upped his output and eventually overwhelmed Hernandez to get the second-round stoppage.
Performance Of The Night: TJ Brown
In a gritty back-and-forth fight, TJ Brown got a third-round submission win over Erik Silva. Brown seemed to have an upper-hand on the feet early but elected to grapple. Eventually after some success from Silva, Brown secured a takedown and locked in a tight arm triangle.
Performance Of The Night: Cameron Saaiman
After having a point deducted due to an illegal knee, debutant Cameron Saaiman rallied and responded with a TKO victory over Steven Koslow. It was a nice result for a young Contender Series alumn after dealing with some adversity in a close fight.
Fight Of The Night: Stephen Thompson vs Kevin Holland
Holland started off fast, bringing the fight to “Wonderboy” and connecting with powerful shots that gave him the round 1 nod. Even though the judges didn’t give Thompson the first round, his kicks caused an apparent injury to Holland’s right hand – which limited Holland for the rest of the bout.
Rounds 2-4 all belonged to the karate king, as the 39-year-old started pouring on the damage. Thompson basically hit Holland with everything but the kitchen sink, but Holland wouldn’t fall until the final moments of the fourth round. Holland’s coach Bob Perez checked in on his fighter between rounds and determined that Holland was no longer fit to fight – giving Thompson the TKO victory.
It was such an impressive bounce back performance for Thompson, who really needed to have a big win after dropping his last two fights. The win proves that Thompson still has every bit of what it takes to compete with the welterweight elite.
Performance Of The Night: Sergei Pavlovich
If you didn’t know, you do now. Sergei Pavlovich is absolutely the real deal and is going to find himself competing in a massive fight the next time he steps into the Octagon.
Pavlovich extended his knockout streak to five straight with his sub-minute KO of Tai Tuivasa. It was an epic fight for as long as it lasted, but it was all Pavlovich.
The win firmly puts Pavlovich on a short list of the fighters who are within reach of a shot at Francis Ngannou’s title.
Performance Of The Night: Roman Dolidze
What a year for Roman Dolidze. The Georgian middleweight’s ascension has been fast and furious. Three finishes in 2022, including his short notice win over Jack Hermansson at UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs Holland was his most impressive yet.
Dolidze faced some adversity, as Hermansson got off to a good start before Dolidze turned the tables in the second round. He was able to get a calf slicer that he turned into a ground and pound position. Hermansson was essentially trapped and Doldize started pouring on the punches. It was brilliant, scary, impressive and those three words might best sum up Dolidze.
UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs Spivac
November 19, 2022 | UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada
- Performance Of The Night: Kennedy Nzechukwu
- Performance Of The Night: Muslim Salikhov
- Performance Of The Night: Jack Della Maddelena
- Performance Of The Night: Natalia Silva
Performance Of The Night: Kennedy Nzechukwu
Just hours ahead of his co-main event Kennedy Nzechukwu found out he was moving up to the main event. The light heavyweight adjusted accordingly and delivered the biggest win of his career so far, knocking out Ion Cutelaba.
The finishing sequence came at the start of the second round, after Cutelaba had dominanted much of the first frame. Nzechukwu connected with a perfectly timed knee and followed up with a barrage of strikes that overwhelmed Cutelaba.
Big things are ahead of one of the division’s brightest up-and-comers.
Performance Of The Night: Muslim Salikhov
“The King of Kung Fu” lived up to his nickname in his bout with Andre Fialho.
Muslim Salikhov made it 5 wins in his last 6 fights as he finished Fialho with strikes, many of which were beautiful spinning techniques. He stunned Fialho time and time again in the second and continued that momentum in the final round. Eventually a spinning wheel kick forced the referee to step in a protect Filaho.
Performance Of The Night: Jack Della Maddalena
If you haven’t seen welterweight Jack Della Maddalena in action yet, you’ve been missing out. The Perth, Australia native made it a perfect 3-0 with three first round finishes when he knocked Danny Roberts at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs Spivac.
Della Maddalena’s pressure and striking was too much for Roberts and showed why he’s one of the – if not the hottest prospect in the division.
Expect to see him compete next in his hometown at UFC 284 in Perth.
Performance Of The Night: Natalia Silva
The hype behind flyweight Natalia Silva is real. She backed up her impressive win over Jasmine Jasudavicius with a beautiful spinning back kick TKO win over Tereza Bleda.
It was just the fifth finish in UFC history stemming from spinning back kick and showed UFC brass that Silva is ready for a big step up in competition.
UFC 281: Adesanya vs Pereira
November 12, 2022 | Madison Square Garden in New York City
- Fight Of The Night: Dustin Poirier vs Michael Chandler
- Performance Of The Night: Alex Pereira
- Performance Of The Night: Zhang Weili
Gross Total Revenue: $11,562,807.77
Attendance: 20,845 (Sold Out)
27 consecutive sell outs with full capacity.
- 2nd highest grossing event in Madison Square Garden history.
- UFC now holds the #1 and #2 highest grossing MSG events all time.
- UFC 281 is the 5th highest grossing event in UFC history.
Fight Of The Night: Dustin Poirier vs Michael Chandler
In a fight that lived up to every expectation set from the moment it was announced, lightweights Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler had fans out of their seats for the entire 12 minutes the fight lasted.
Heavy leather was thrown by both men throughout the entirety of the first round. With the second round controlled almost entirely by Chandler, "The Diamond" displayed his jiu-jitsu prowess in the third when he came out of a scramble having taken Chandler's back, locking in a rear-naked choke to end the fight with three minutes to go.
The grudge match went in favor of the No. 11 pound-for-pound fighter in the world this time, but it's a safe bet to say that fans around the world would love to see this one run back.
Performance Of The Night: Alex Pereira
After a week filled with tension surrounding the past meetings between former champion Israel Adesanya and the new middleweight king Alex Pereira, the main event inside Madison Square Garden delivered in a big way.
Pereira, down on the scorecards heading into the fifth and final round, was dealt a handful of adversity throughout only his fourth fight in the UFC. Proving the doubt surrounding his ability to survive the championship rounds, "Poatan" emptied the tank and came away with a finish over one of the most brilliant technical fighters the sport has ever seen. After securing his third career victory over "The Last Stylebender," Pereira will bring middleweight gold back to São Paolo.
Performance Of The Night: Zhang Weili
Zhang Weili reclaimed strawweight gold inside the world's most famous arena after defeating Carla Esparza with a second-round victory by way of rear-naked choke, becoming the third consecutive champion to hold the title twice, joining Esparza and Rose Namajunas.
"Magnum" navigated a chaotic first round filled with striking and grappling with the poise of a champion before countering an Esparza takedown attempt in the second, advancing to a crucifix position which cleared the way for a clean submission just over a minute into the second round.
Performance Of The Night: Mario Bautista
Mario Bautista capped off his excellent 2022 campaign with a dominant victory over Benito Lopez. From start to finish Bautista was all over Lopez, peppering him on the feet until he was able get Lopez to the canvas. He started dropping huge elbows that forced Lopez to squirm into a triangle.
From there, Bautista locked in an armbar and secured the 9th armbar submission from a triangle in UFC history.
Big things are up for the rising bantamweight and it will be interesting to see who he’s matched up with next.
Performance Of The Night: Tamires Vidal
What a debut for Tamires Vidal. She danced her way to the Octagon and danced her way out with a TKO victory over Ramona Pascual that stemmed from a big knee to the body.
It was only the third TKO in UFC women’s history that stemmed from a knee strike. It’s always good to add your name to the likes of Ronda Rousey and Germaine de Randamie in your debut – the $50k bonus isn’t too shabby either.
Performance Of The Night: Polyana Viana
It took less than a minute for Polyana Viana to take care of business against Jinh Yu Frey. The Brazilian strawweight connected on a furious combo of strikes that dropped Frey to the floor and made it an early night for Viana.
Only former champion Jessica Andrade and Rose Namajunas have more strawweight finishes than Viana.
Performance Of The Night: Neil Magny
Neil Magny passed Georges St. Pierre on the all-time welterweight wins list at UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs Lemos. Magny’s 20th win came in third round of his intense bout with against Daniel Rodriguez when he locked up a d’arce choke.
It was a great moment for Magny, who has been one of MMA’s true nice guys since joining the UFC in 2013. Not only did he pass GSP but he did it in style.
35-years-young and Magny still has plenty more in the tank to keep adding his record.
Performance Of The Night: Roman Dolidze
There is nothing quite like adding a highlight reel knockout to your resume, and that’s exactly what middleweight Roman Dolidze has done in each of his last two fights. This time, it came against Phil Hawes in devastating fashion.
In the second round Dolidze put the pressure on Hawes, landing a furious four punch combo that put Hawes completely out on the canvas. It was terrifying and certainly helped Dolidze make his case to add a number next to his name.
Performance Of The Night: Tresean Gore
What a bounce back win for Tresean Gore. The Ultimate Fighter season 29 finalist has been self-admittedly learning on the job. Well, the middleweight prospect proved he’s taken some lessons in snatching necks when he locked in a crazy guillotine choke against Josh Fremd.
Early in the second round, Gore grabbed ahold of Fremd’s neck and held on for dear life as Fremd tried just about everything to get Gore off of him. It didn’t work. It was the perfect confidence booster for Gore and puts him into a great spot heading into 2023.
Performance Of The Night: Steve Garcia
There’s always been plenty of hype around featherweight Chase Hooper – and for good reason. But UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs Allen was Steve Garcia’s time to shine. “Mean Machine” started off fast, landing huge strikes that pushed the pace from a fight into an all-out brawl.
Garcia continued to get the best of Hooper, dropping him three times in the just a matter of minutes and forcing the referee to jump in and put an end to the onslaught. Garcia’s performance was equal parts jaw dropping and impressive.
Performance Of The Night: Christian Rodriguez
Finally competing at his proper weight class, flyweight Christian Rodriguez reminded people why he’s a hot prospect. Rodriguez handled Joshua Weems with ease, submitting the submission guy with a rear naked choke in the first round.
It was a great way for Rodriguez to get his first UFC victory and prove that there are plenty of great things on the horizon for the 24-year-old.
UFC 280: Oliveira vs Makhachev
October 22, 2022 | Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi
- Fight Of The Night: Sean O'Malley vs Petr Yan
- Performance Of The Night: Islam Makhachev
- Performance Of The Night: Belal Muhammad
Attendance: 13,400 (Sold out, 26th consecutive sell out for full capacity since the pandemic)
Fight Of The Night: Sean O'Malley vs Petr Yan
Hanging with former champion Petr Yan from start to finigh, Sean O’Malley laid to rest once and for all the doubt that he should be in high-level bantamweight bouts. Yan and most of the capacity crowd of Etihad Arena seemed to disagree with the split decision victory awarded to “The Suga Show,” but one thing that was undeniable: it was arguably the most entertaining 15 minutes of the event, setting the table perfectly for the main and co-main championship bouts.
Performance Of The Night: Islam Makhachev
Islam Makhachev would never try to convince you that his fights are easy, but he continued to make it look easy as he cruised to becoming the 12th undisputed lightweight champion over Charles Oliveira.
Looking crisp both on the feet and on the mat, Makhachev tied the longest active UFC finish streak (5) with a bit of poetic justice, submitting the all-time submission leader for the victory. Following a post-fight faceoff, it appears the new champion will defend his new belt in Perth, Australia in February, where he’ll attempt to keep featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski from becoming the latest two-division UFC champ.
Performance Of The Night: Belal Muhammad
With the energy of seemingly the entire Etihad Arena at his back, Belal Muhammad put on perhaps the best performance of his career, taking out Sean Brady on the feet with an avalanche of unanswered strikes.
In handing Brady his first professional defeat, Belal Muhammad's 9-fight unbeaten streak (8 wins, 1 NC) is currently the second longest such streak in the welterweight division (Edwards, 11). It continues his increasingly bulletproof case that he’s near the front of the line for a welterweight title shot.
Fight Of The Night: Jordan Wright vs Duško Todorović
Jordan Wright and Duško Todorović fought to a Fight of the Night performance despite the bout only lasting into the second round. Wright initiated the clinch early and secured a takedown. From there, Wright spent most of the round in Todorović's guard, but stayed busy enough to win the round on all three judges' scorecards.
In the second round, however, Wright looked exhausted. Todorović turned the tide, unleashing a flurry of strikes with the majority hitting the target. Todorović took the fight to the mat and began landing ground and pound of his own until the referee stepped in to stop the fight. For the back-and-forth nature of this fight, it was clearly deserving of FOTN honors.
Performance Of The Night: Jonathan Martinez
Bantamweight Jonathan Martinez played spoiler for Cub Swanson's 135-pound debut. Per usual, Martinez blasted kicks throughout the entire duration of the bout, switching high and low to always leave the UFC Hall of Famer guessing. Towards the end of the first, Martinez landed a vicious knee that dropped Swanson to the mat. Managing to get back to his feet, Swanson lasted until the bell despite being visibly damaged.
In the second, an inside low kick from Martinez crippled Swanson's lead leg. A few more follow up kicks sent Swanson back to down to the mat. Jumping on him and landing a few ground strikes, the referee was forced to step in and stop the fight. Martinez extends his win streak to four, with three of those wins coming already in 2022.
Performance Of The Night: Tatsuro Taira
22-year-old Tatsuro Taira earned his second UFC victory, extending his perfect record to 12-0 Saturday night. Taira showcased how well-rounded his skill set is for being so young, standing and trading on the feet and dominating in the grappling department.
In the second round, Taira dragged UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs Araújo opponent CJ Vergara to the mat and did well to advance positions and attack submissions. Towards the end of the round, Taira locked in an armbar as Vergara was trying to get back to his feet, forcing the tap. After this performance, Taira remains one of the most interesting and exciting prospects in the UFC and the flyweight division.
UFC Fight Night: Dern vs Yan
October 1, 2022 | UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada
- Fight Of The Night: John Castaneda vs Daniel Santos
- Performance Of The Night: Brendan Allen
- Performance Of The Night: Chelsea Chandler
- Performance Of The Night: Guido Cannetti
- Performance Of The Night: Joaquim Silva
Fight Of The Night: John Castaneda vs Daniel Santos
In UFC Fight Night: Dern vs Yan’s Fight of the Night, John Castaneda started off on the strong foot, landing heavy strikes at will that were visibly damaging opponent Daniel Santos. Despite being nearly dropped on numerous occasions, Santos kept up the pressure and weathered the storm until the end of the round.
In the second, the tide turned completely, as Santos began hurting a tired Castaneda up against the fence. In the clinch, Santos landed a knee right on Castaneda’s chin, sending him to the mat and earning the Brazilian an impressive come-from-behind KO victory.
Performance Of The Night: Brendan Allen
On the prelims, middleweight prospects Krzysztof Jotko and Brendan Allen hit the Octagon both trying to break into the rankings with a dominant performance. Allen found usual success in the grappling department, dragging Jotko to the mat and searching for submissions. Eventually, Allen was able to lock in a Rear-Naked choke late in the first round forcing Jotko to tap, earning Allen a performance bonus and third straight victory.
Performance Of The Night: Chelsea Chandler
Julija Stoliarenko came into UFC Fight Night: Dern vs Yan coming off an impressive armbar victory over Jessica Rose Clark at UFC 276 in July. UFC newcomer Chelsea Chandler, however, looked like she was a veteran of the promotion herself, securing a takedown only 15 seconds into the bout. Chandler was able to do work from mount position a few times throughout the round, but with under a minute left in the first, the ground and pound was too much for Stoliarenko to overcome and Chandler earned a debut TKO victory.
Performance Of The Night: Guido Cannetti
To open the card, the always exciting Guido Cannetti and Randy Costa hit center stage in an exciting bantamweight matchup. Coming off an impressive win over Kris Moutinho, Cannetti picked up right where he left off, landing vicious leg kicks that were lifting Costa off his feet. Capitalizing off a slip, Cannetti charged forward, taking control of Costa’s back. Just seconds later, with no hooks in, Cannetti secured a Rear-Naked choke and forced the tap from Costa.
Performance Of The Night: Joaquim Silva
On the prelims, Joaquim Silva and Jesse Ronson battled throughout the opening frame, but Silva found late success landing a jumping knee that forced a wobbled Ronson to try and take Silva down to wrestle and recover. In the second Silva went back to the same technique. Landing flush, Ronson fell to the mat and Silva landed ensuing ground and pound that forced the stoppage from the referee.
Fight Of The Night: Chidi Njokuani vs Gregory Rodrigues
Middleweights battled in Saturday Night’s co-main event at UFC APEX, as Chidi Njokuani and Gregory Rodrigues put it all on the line as soon as the fight began. The first notable, and near fight ending, strike that landed was a knee from Njokuani that opened a gruesome cut between Rodrigues’ eyebrows. Despite a horrific cut and taking a lot of damage from a very hard-hitting Njokuani, Rodrigues fought back, slugging it out with his dance partner for five straight minutes.
After peculation from the commentators whether the fight would be stopped from the Octagon side physician between rounds, Rodrigues took control and wore down Njokuani early in the second. Once they hit the mat, the fight was essentially over as Rodrigues landed vicious ground and pound until the referee stepped in to stop the fight. This marks another impressive comeback for “Robocop” and his fourth UFC win.
Performance Of The Night: Joe Pyfer
All week long, "Be Joe Pyfer," has echoed through the APEX walls in anticipation for his UFC debut. The Dana White’s Contender Series alum, who won his contract 8 short weeks ago in the main event of Season 6, Week 1, came out as if he’d been there 100 times.
It didn’t take long for Pyfer to find his range and start looking to land heavy strikes. With just under four minutes to go in the first round, Pyfer landed one devastating right hand that dropped UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs Song opponent Alen Amedovski to the mat. Only one follow up shot was needed for the referee to step in, earning Pyfer a first round KO victory.
Performance Of The Night: Damon Jackson
After learning that his brother had tragically passed away on Tuesday, Damon Jackson was fighting for more than just a victory against Pat Sabatini on Saturday. With his family by his side in the stands, Jackson delivered an emotional and impressive performance.
Shortly after the fight began, Jackson landed an upkick that stunned Sabatini, backing him up to the cage. Jackson closed the distance and took the fight to the mat. Jackson unloaded strikes from top position that went unanswered, forcing the stoppage from the referee. This earns Jackson his third win this calendar year and fourth straight in the UFC.
UFC 279: Diaz vs Ferguson
September 10, 2022 | T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
- Performance Of The Night: Nate Diaz
- Performance Of The Night:Jailton Almeida
- Performance Of The Night: Irene Aldana
- Performance Of The Night: Johnny Walker
Gross Total Revenue: $5,670,271.86 (Announced Live Gate)
Attendance: 19,125 (Sold Out)
25 Consecutive Sell Outs (With Full Capacity)
Performance Of The Night: Nate Diaz
After a wild turn of events on Friday, Nate Diaz was eventually paired with Tony Ferguson to headline UFC 279. As you’d expect, two legends hitting the main stage was primed for entertainment, and they both delivered.
At the start, Diaz got on the front foot early, finding his rhythm and putting together combinations. Towards the middle of the second round, Diaz opened a big cut on Ferguson’s left eye, the most damaging strike of the fight, which may have been the difference maker for the two judges that gave Diaz that round on the scorecards.
In the fourth round, after 15 minutes of purely striking, Ferguson tried to find success grappling and shot for a takedown. Diaz quickly grabbed a hold of Ferguson’s neck and locked in a guillotine choke.
This victory puts Diaz at 10 submissions in UFC history, tied for third all-time. Also, with 101 significant strikes landed tonight, Diaz moves into ninth place in UFC history with 1,544 significant strikes landed for his UFC career.
Performance Of The Night: Jailton Almeida
Amidst the controversies and fight changes in the last 24 hours, Jailton Almeida is another UFC 279 athlete that fought someone on short notice. Dana White’s Contender Series Season 6 athlete Anton Turkalj stepped in on short notice for Shamil Abdurakhimov to face the surging Brazilian coming off two first round finishes.
Almeida shot for a takedown 10 seconds into the fight and was in control from there on out. Turkalj did well to get to his feet on a few occasions, but Almeida was always one step ahead and immediately dragged Turkalj back to the mat.
Late in the round, Almeida started landing heavy strikes from top position, forcing Turkalj to turn onto his stomach. Taking his back, Almeida sunk in the rear naked choke forcing the tap. With this win, Almeida has now earned three consecutive first round finishes in the UFC, the second longest such active streak behind only Sergei Pavlovich's four-straight round one finishes.
Performance Of The Night: Irene Aldana
After over a year since her last fight, Irena Aldana picked up right where she left off against Macy Chiasson. In the first round, the second the fight went to the mat, Aldana was in complete control. Constantly searching for armbar submissions, Chiasson needed to make all the right moves to last until the horn.
In the second, the script flipped entirely. The fight went to the ground once again, yet Chiasson was in control forcing Aldana to constantly defend strikes and submission attempts. Chiasson was in control with Aldana on her back, but the second the American tried moving to her feet and breaking away, Aldana landed an upkick to the liver, dropping and finishing Chiasson. Aldana earns the third upkick knockout in UFC history, joining previous finishes by Jon Fitch and Niko Price. It's the first of these three to target the body.
Performance Of The Night: Johnny Walker
Opening the main card, Johnny Walker bounced back from his defeat to Jamahal Hill in February, earning his first submission victory since joining the UFC in 2018. Barely 30 seconds into the first round, Cutelaba took Walker down but couldn’t deal too much damage from top position.
Halfway through the round, Walker reversed positions and went to work, landing vicious ground and pound strikes until Cutelaba could find his way to his feet. Walker immediately took his opponents back, took him to the ground and started searching for submissions. Cutelaba defended well, but Walker was eventually able to sink in the rear naked choke with just over 20 seconds to go in the first.
UFC Fight Night: Gane vs Tuivasa
September 3, 2022 | Accor Arena in Paris, France
- Fight Of The Night: Ciryl Gane vs Tai Tuivasa
- Performance Of The Night: Benoît Saint-Denis
- Performance Of The Night: Abus Magomedov
Gross total revenue: €3,420,422 (Announced Live Gate)
Attendance: 15,405 (Sold Out)
24 Consecutive Sell Outs (with full capacity)
Fight Of The Night: Ciryl Gane vs Tai Tuivasa
In the second-round things went from calculated to insane as Tuivasa connected on a haymaker that dropped Gane to the canvas and as “Bam Bam” followed up Gane was able to get to his feet, shake off the cobwebs, and then turn the tide with a massive body kicks. The strikes had Tuivasa hurt badly and put the entire arena in a frenzy. Somehow both fighters survived the second frame and moved on to the third.
That’s where Gane would eventually force Tuivasa to crumble as he went back to the body kicks before connecting with devastating punches to put an end to the most memorable night in French MMA. It was simply a beautiful night that ended in incredible fashion.
Performance Of The Night: Benoît Saint-Denis
Lightweights Benoît Saint-Denis and Gabriel Miranda brought the heat, with both fighters swinging for the fences from the opening bell.
But tonight, was for the French and Saint-Denis would not be denied. He was able to land huge shots to close out the first and fold Miranda quickly to start off the second. The performance got the entire crowd screaming and cheering for the former French Special Forces officer.
Performance Of The Night: Abus Magomedov
It took 19 seconds for middleweight newcomer Abus Magomedov to announce his presence to UFC fans. Magomedov hit UFC Paris opponent Dustin Stoltzfus with a perfect front kick to the face and then followed up with powerful strikes that put Stoltzfus out.
It was a flawless start to Magomedov’s UFC career and he’s definitely someone that folks need to keep their eyes on.
UFC 278: Usman vs Edwards 2
August 20, 2022 | Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah
- Fight Of The Night: Paulo Costa vs Luke Rockhold
- Performance Of The Night: Leon Edwards
- Performance Of The Night: Victor Altamirano
Gross Total Revenue: $4,297,655.42 (Announced Live Gate)
Attendance: 18,321 (sold out)
23 consecutive sell outs with full capacity
Vivint Arena live event gate record
Fight Of The Night: Paulo Costa vs Luke Rockhold
With some bad blood simmering, Paulo Costa and Luke Rockhold engaged in a chaotic, bloody and stunning 15-minute war that ended in a unanimous decision win for “The Eraser” and the end of Rockhold’s career.
The first round started with Costa applying his patented pressure, and the Brazilian busted open Rockhold’s nose early. Rockhold, to his credit, stood firm and found some openings as well. He switched levels and grappled Costa, who engaged with him on the mat enthusiastically. The second round showed more of the same, and it seemed like Costa was turning the momentum around and Rockhold withered, but the former champion bit down on his mouthpiece and showed his toughness for the remainder of the fight. It was a one-sided decision, but one that also reminded everyone of Rockhold’s grit one more time before he called it a career.
Performance Of The Night: Leon Edwards
My, oh my, Leon Edwards. “Rocky” flipped the MMA-world on its head with a fifth-round head kick to knockout pound-for-pound king Kamaru Usman and become the welterweight champion of the world.
The strike seemingly came out of nowhere. For the better part of five rounds, the game Birmingham-representative did his best to thwart Usman’s pressure, but the champion was cruising to a decision. Until, that is, Edwards feinted and lifted his left leg to Usman’s head, ending the fight with less than a minute to go, becoming the first Jamaican-born UFC champion and the second UK champion ever.
Performance Of The Night: Victor Altamirano
Despite some early adversity, Victor Altamirano displayed his superior power and speed to turn the tide and earn a first-round stoppage over Daniel Da Silva. As Da Silva built momentum, Altamirano hit the Brazilian with a knee to the body that crumpled him, and he was able to find the ground-and-pound finish shortly afterward.
UFC Fight Night: Vera vs Cruz
August 13, 2022 | Pechanga Arena in San Diego, California
- Fight Of The Night: Nate Landwehr vs David Onama
- Performance Of The Night: Marlon Vera
- Performance Of The Night: Tyson Nam
Gross Total Revenue: $1,735,904.91 (Announced Live Gate)
Attendance: 12,804 (Sold Out)
22 Consecutive Sell Outs (with full capacity)
Highest grossing sporting event in Pechanga Arena history
Fight Of The Night: Nate Landwehr vs David Onama
Pechanga Arena in San Diego was on its feet at the final bell of Nate Landwehr vs David Onama, giving a roaring standing ovation upon realizing they had just witnessed an instant classic and possible frontrunner for 2022 fight of the year honors. Before reading the scorecards, announcer Joe Martinez uncharacteristally compelled the crowd to stand up and give a second deafening ovation, which they eagerly supplied.
The scorecards, including one 28-28 tie, tipped in favor of Landwehr this evening, but it’s still shocking the fight went the full 15 minutes. Wild, weird, and violent, both men had their moments, flush with showboating, barroom-style brawling and the pure will of survival makes this sport such an unpredictable joy.
Performance Of The Night: Marlon Vera
Marlon Vera remains one of the deepest, most dangerous threats at 135-lbs and his main event KO victory over former champion Dominick Cruz perfectly embodied why.
Despite being down on the scorecards heading into the fourth round, the Ecuadorian dug deep and stayed patient until he could find a home for his trademark kicks, the same kicks that have stymied nearly every opponent he’s faced in the division.
The stunning low-kick KO that brought the raucous crowd to its feet earned Vera the most bantamweight finishes in UFC/WEC combined history. He’s tied for second overall in bantamweight victories (12, the same as champion Aljamain Sterling), and he’s still only 29 years of age.
Performance Of The Night: Tyson Nam
After a frustrating string of cancelled fights and a loss, Tyson Nam came roaring back with a stellar first round KO victory over Ode Osbourne that sealed his first Octagon victory since 2019. Timing some jumps he saw from his opponent, Nam capitalized with some veteran timing of his own, dropping Osbourne before the clock hit three minutes.
“When I seen him do it, I said ‘Ok, he’s going to do it again.’ And when he did it again, I had a sudden surge,” he explained, pointing to his bicep, “to whip this thing again.”
“I’m back,” he added. “I know this feeling from before.”
Fight Of The Night: Thiago Santos vs Jamahal Hill
Despite finishing past opponents far cleaner, a back-and-forth battle is just what Hill needed as he propels toward the top of the light heavyweight division and could potentially face former champion Jan Blachowicz, who he called out post-fight.
Performance Of The Night: Geoff Neal
In a fight that striking fans have been dreaming of for years, Geoff Neal delivered his most impressive performance to date, defeating No. 6 Vicente Luque by knockout in Round 3.
It didn’t take long for Neal to let his hands fly, swarming Luque with heavy strikes early and often that visibly damaged "The Silent Assassin". Executing a lot of patience, Neal didn’t charge in for the finish, and bided his time until he could eventually drop Luque for the third and final time of the night at 2:01 of Round 3.
Performance Of The Night: Mohammed Usman
On the biggest stage of his professional mixed martial arts career, Mohammed Usman shined in his The Ultimate Fighter Season 30 finale against Zac Pauga. After a close first round that offered little to no insight on the future of the bout, it took 36 seconds into round 2 for Usman to shut the lights out.
Landing a check left hook, Pauga was out on his feet before Usman landed the final blows of the bout that sealed the deal. Usman’s victory makes him an interesting proposition for UFC heavyweight contenders.
Performance Of The Night: Bryan Battle
On a night where The Ultimate Fighter had its two finals showcased on prime time, the TUF 29 winner Bryan Battle stunned the APEX crowd with a jaw dropping 44 second, head kick knockout against Takashi Sato.
With the highlight reel finish, Battle extends his UFC win streak to three and sends a message to the welterweight division that he's a rising contender eager to rise the ranks.
UFC 277: Peña vs Nunes 2
July 30, 2022 | American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas
- Fight Of The Night: Brandon Moreno vs Kai Kara-France
- Performance Of The Night: Alexandre Pantoja
- Performance Of The Night: Drew Dober
Gross Total Revenue: $4,455,691.00 (Announced Live Gate)
Attendance: 19,442 (Sold Out)
21 Consecutive Sell Outs (with full capacity)
Highest Grossing Single Night Event in American Airlines Center History
Fight Of The Night: Brandon Moreno vs Kai Kara-France
A rematch nearly three years in the making concluded with Mexico's Brandon Moreno claiming his spot as the interim UFC flyweight champion following a third-round finish over Kai Kara-France of New Zealand.
After a back-and-forth first round, Moreno did solid work of evading Kara-France's pressure and right hand to advance to an exciting third round. In the third, Moreno was cut under his eye by the Kiwi following a sweep and short sequence of heavy ground-and-pound strikes, but it didn't stop him from landing a perfect kick flush to the liver, dropping Kara-France before finishing him off with strikes from the top before referee Herb Dean stepped in with just 26 seconds to go in the third round.
A potential fourth fight in the Moreno-Figueiredo saga was set up inside the Octagon when the undisputed flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo joined Moreno for a short but respectful faceoff, adding that he'd like to unify the flyweight division in his native Brazil.
Performance Of The Night: Alexandre Pantoja
With interim flyweight gold on the line later in the night, Alexandre Pantoja staked his claim at a crack at the title himself when he blitzed Alex Perez and sunk in a first-round submission less than two minutes into the opening frame.
From the jump, Pantoja jumped on Perez, peppering him with punch and swarming him wholly. Soon, Perez backed up and Pantoja executed a beautiful back-take, locking in the body triangle while Perez stood against the cage and focused on fighting hands. Pantoja remained furious in his attempts to finish the fight, and locked in a rear naked choke that wasn’t under the chin but put enough pressure on Perez’s jaw and neck to get the tapout victory.
Performance Of The Night: Drew Dober
Colorado’s Drew Dober said he always brings his chin and his heavy left hand to the Octagon, and he also relied on his grittiness to get a knockout win over Rafael Alves in the third round.
After weathering the early storm from the explosive Alves, Dober started to work Alves’ body as the Brazilian tired. Although Alves slugged it out with Dober to end the second, Dober clearly had gained momentum and control of the fight. The high pace continued in the third round, and seemingly out of nowhere, Dober connected with a perfectly placed left hook to the body that melted Alves and earned Dober another stoppage victory.
Performance Of The Night: Paddy Pimblett
Paddy Pimblett delivered an exhilarating performance for the London crowd once again, submitting Jordan Leavitt in the second round.
Earning his second consecutive submission and third finish inside the Octagon, the fan-favorite continues to look better each time he makes the walk. Putting on the pressure early, Pimblett tried numerous submission attempts, dragging Leavitt to the mat. In the second round, Pimblett landed a hard knee while looking for a submission and dragged Leavitt to the ground. Quickly taking his back, Pimblett locked in the rear naked choke that forced the tap from his opponent.
Performance Of The Night: Molly McCann
In her second trip to London this year, Molly McCann earned her second knockout victory. Landing heavy strikes early and often, it wouldn’t take long for McCann to damage Hannah Goldy.
Backing Goldy up against the cage, McCann landed a spinning back elbow that stunned her opponent. "Meatball" followed up with a barrage of strikes that stopped the fight at 3:52 of the first round.
Performance Of The Night: Nikita Krylov
Nikita Krylov made quick work of UFC Hall of Famer and two-time light heavyweight title challenger Alexander Gustaffson in just over a minute.
Dropping Gustaffson in the opening seconds, Krylov showed an instant advantage on the feet. Despite Gustaffson briefly getting back to his feet, Krylov kept up the pace and secured his second knockdown soon after. Following up with a barrage of heavy ground-and-pound strikes, there was no choice but for referee Marc Goddard to stop the fight.
Performance Of The Night: Jonathan Pierce
After a first round that saw Makwan Amirkhani find slight success securing takedowns, Jonathan Pierce withstood the pressure and started to sway the momentum in the second frame.
Losing the striking battle on the feet, Pearce took Amirkhani down and found success through a barrage of punches and knees. Returning to the mat later in the round, Pearce stayed in control with his striking, landing relentless strikes until the bout was stopped at 4:10 of round 2.
UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs Rodriguez
July 16, 2022 | UBS Arena in Long Island, New York
- Fight Of The Night: Matt Schnell vs Sumudaerji
- Performance Of The Night: Amanda Lemos
- Performance Of The Night: Li Jingliang
- Performance Of The Night: Punahele Soriano
- Performance Of The Night: Ricky Simon
- Performance Of The Night: Bill Algeo
- Performance Of The Night: Dustin Jacoby
ATTENDANCE: 16,979 (sold out)
*18th-Consecutive Sell Out (with full capacity)
**Highest Grossing Event in UBS Arena History
Fight Of The Night: Matt Schnell vs Sumudaerji
Matt Schnell vs Sumdaerji is one of those fights we’ll be talking about for a long, long time. Both flyweights went right to it, with both fighters finding success on the feet and on the canvas. But it was the second round where things went from intense to insane.
Sumaderji started connecting with massive power shots in the center of the Octagon, including elbows in the clinch that made Schnell lose the stability in his legs on more than one occasion. Despite the damage Schnell never backed down, as a matter of fact he chose to walk through Sumaderji’s punches and elbows until was able to connect with his own haymakers.
He then secured a well-timed takedown and immediately mounted and started pouring on strikes. This forced Sumudaerji to scramble and end up in top position, where Schnell tossed up a triangle choke that would put Sumudaerji out.
It was beyond wild, and it was all heart from both fighters ‘til the end. What a scrap.
Performance Of The Night: Amanda Lemos
A statement performance was exactly what strawweight contender Amanda Lemos needed and it’s exactly what she accomplished against Michelle Waterson-Gomez at UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs Rodriguez.
Lemos settled in nicely against Waterson-Gomez, finding her range and looking dangerous on the feet in the first round. In the second round she took advantage of a Waterson-Gomez take down and secured a deep guillotine that would force Waterson-Gomez to tap. It was a brilliant submission and showed just how well-rounded and talented Lemos is.
Performance Of The Night: Li Jingliang
Li Jingliang found a home for his right hand and landed back in the win column by knocking out Muslim Salikhov. It was a competitive bout for the welterweights until Li broke through connecting on a perfect shot that put Salikhov off-balance. Li pressued Salikhov but took his time setting up the knockout shot that dropped Salikhov for good.
With the performance, “The Leech” reminded the world once again why he’s a fan favorite.
Performance Of The Night: Punahele Soriano
When fans see Punahele Soriano on a card, they should just expect a show.
Soriano and Dalcha Lungiambula brought it in the first frame of their middleweight showdown. Early in the second round Soriano threw a massive left hand that made Lungiambula crumble. He followed it up with a few extra strikes and referee Dan Miragliotta stepped in.
After two losses in a row it was the perfect showing for Soriano, who hopes to get back in the Octagon before 2022 comes to an end.
Performance of the Night: Ricky Simon
Ricky Simon was an underdog entering his UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs Rodriguez bout with rising undefeated prospect Jack Shore. That didn’t sit well with him, so he made sure to show why people need to be putting some more respect on his name.
Simon used his grappling to set up some power strikes that would go on to hurt Shore in the second round. Simon pounced, quickly sinking in an arm triangle choke that forced Shore to accept his first defeat.
It was a statement performance for Simon, who is more than deserving of a big fight in the talented bantamweight division.
Performance of the Night: Bill Algeo
Two weeks ago Bill Algeo had to deal with an opponent change after Bill Quarantillo was forced out of their match-up due to injury. That didn’t stop Algeo from putting on an impressive performance with late replacement Herbert Burns.
Algeo survived a quick takedown and submission attempt from Burns in the first round but then flipped the script. Algeo dominated Burns for the remainder of the round, connecting with big ground and pound shots. At the end of the round Burns barely was able to get up and make it back to his corner.
To start the second Algeo put his foot on the gas and pressured Burns back down to the canvas and after some more landed strikes, Burns was no able to return to his feet. It was a strange finish to the fight but it didn’t take away anything from Algeo, who has made a real name for himself in the featherweight division.
Performance of the Night: Dustin Jacoby
Don’t look now, but Dustin Jacoby’s unbeaten streak sits at seven. The UFC light heavyweight has walked through adversity on his way to a top 15 ranking and establishing himself as a real player at 205lbs.
Jacoby’s blistering KO of Da Un Jung was an impressive one and sets him up perfectly for a big fight the next time we see him walk to the Octagon.
Fight Of The Night: Michael Johnson vs Jamie Mullarkey
Two fighters who consistently provide fans with thrilling bouts delivered as they stepped in the cage to open up the main card.
Late in the first round, Michael Johnson dropped Jamie Mullarkey with a hard left hand, but Mullarkey was able to recover quickly and earn a knockdown of his own moments later to close out the opening five minutes. As time went on, Mullarkey hit his stride, landing accurate strikes with volume while evading power shots from Johnson. In the final round, both fighters slugged it out, but it was Mullarkey who came away with a close split-decision victory.
Performance Of The Night: Rafael Fiziev
In the main event Rafael Fiziev proved that he belongs in the UFC lightweight division's top-10, defeating former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos by TKO in round 5.
Showing off exceptional striking skills through three rounds, Fiziev consistently landed the harder strikes more often than his opponent. Heading into the fourth and fifth rounds, dos Anjos' durability and cardio started to shift the fight in his favor. However, Fiziev's power carried into the final round, dropping dos Anjos with a left hook. Jumping on top and landing ground-and-pound, Fiziev closed the show before the the fight went to the judges.
Performance Of The Night: Chase Sherman
In the only heavyweight fight on the card, Chase Sherman vs Jared Vanderra delivered fast-paced action for as long as it lasted.
Heading into the bout on a four fight skid, Sherman showed technical striking, hurting Vanderra often with heavy shots. As both fighters were finding their timing, Sherman finally rocked Vanderaa and swarmed him up against the cage, unloading on his opponent until referee Mark Smith stopped the fight.
UFC 276: Adesanya vs Cannonier
July 2, 2022 | T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
- Fight Of The Night: Bryan Barberena vs Robbie Lawler
- Performance Of The Night: Alex Pereira
- Performance Of The Night: Jalin Turner
- Performance Of The Night: Julija Stoliarenko
ATTENDANCE: 19,649 (sold out)
*18th-Consecutive Sell Out (with full capacity)
**7th-Highest Grossing Event in UFC History
Fight Of The Night: Bryan Barberena vs Robbie Lawler
For as long as it lasted, these two delivered a non-stop brawl in a phonebooth. Lawler found success early and often, landing huge shorts that caused significant damage to Barberena. But no matter what he hit Barberena with, he couldn't drop the diamond chinned farmer. Barberena turned on the heat in the second, connecting with massive elbows that put Lawler on skates. Barberena kept the pace as the round neared and end and was able to put Lawler out on his feet. It was one of those fights that was a scrap from the first second to last.
Performance Of The Night: Alex Pereira
In his toughest test to date, jumping from unranked opponents to the UFC middleweight division’s No. 4 contender Sean Strickland, Alex Pereira passed with flying colors. With only 40 total strikes landed between the two fighters’, it didn’t take long for “Poatan” to land the fight ending strike.2 minutes and 36 seconds into the first round, Pereira landed his patented left hook, followed by two straight right hands that connected flush as Strickland was falling to the canvas.
Pereira’s win was as decisive as he could’ve hoped and shows UFC fans that his technique and power from his kickboxing career translates well to MMA. Earning his second Performance of the Night in only three UFC fights, Pereira has become one of the division’s most entertaining up-and-comers.
Performance Of The Night: Jalin Turner
Jalin Turner expected Brad Riddell to try and turn their lightweight bout into one of his trademark wars. But it would only take "The Tarantula" 45 seconds to put an end to that theory. Turner used his crisp striking to hurt Riddell early before jumping on a guillotine choke that Riddell never saw coming.
It was Turner's fifth victory by finish in a row and likely earned him a spot in the lightweight top 15. It was a perfect performance and showed that Turner is absolutely ready to tangle with the top tier fighters at 155 pounds.
Performance Of The Night: Julija Stoliarenko
UFC 276 couldn’t have started off with a more exhilarating performance from Julija Stoliarenko, who earned an armbar finish 42 seconds into the opening round. Her submission marked the second fastest in the women’s bantamweight division.
Facing Jessica-Rose Clark, Stoliarenko faced adversity despite how little time the fight lasted. Clark landed a flush right hand that stumbled Stoliarenko momentarily. Once she recovered, Stoliarenko immediately took Clark to the mat and locked in the finish. Riding a three-fight losing streak heading into this bout, a Performance of the Night was exactly what Stoliarenko needed to get her career back on track.
UFC Fight Night: Tsarukyan vs Gamrot
June 25, 2022 | UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada
- Fight Of The Night: Arman Tsarukyan vs Mateusz Gamrot
- Performance Of The Night: Shavkat Rakhmonov
- Performance Of The Night: Josh Parisian
- Performance Of The Night: Thiago Moises
Fight Of The Night: Arman Tsarukyan vs Mateusz Gamrot
Two of the UFC's lightweight division's rising stars battled for five full rounds in the main event at UFC Fight Night: Tsarukyan vs Gamrot. Early in the fight, neither fighter would give up a position on the mat, constantly scrambling out of pressure and getting back to their feet. Arman Tsarukyan began finding his range, landing numerous hard body kicks and jabs.
Entering the third round Mateusz Gamrot started to use his elite wrestling game to take down Tsarukyan in close rounds that were competitively very even. As Gamrot was finding his flow, Tsarukyan landed the hardest strike of the night, a spinning back fist, that momentarily dropped Gamrot before he bounced back to his feet.
In the end, Gamrot was just able to edge out Tsarukyan on all three judges' scorecards, 48-47. The back-and-forth nature of this main event made it clear that these two were destined for earning Fight of the Night honors.
Performance Of The Night: Shavkat Rakhmonov
In the biggest fight of his UFC career, the unbeaten Shavkat Rakhmonov proved he belonged among the elite at 170-pounds, submitting Neil Magny by guillotine with only two seconds left in the second round. Catching a Magny kick in the opening minute of the fight, Rakhmonov was able to secure the takedown and land ground-and-pound as Magny was seeking a submission from his back. Another dominant performance from "Nomad" makes him a scary proposition for the welterweights ahead of him.
Performance Of The Night: Josh Parisian
Non-stop action from the only heavyweight fight on the card made for a thrilling back-and-forth bout that saw both fighter's on the cusp of being finished. But in the second round, Josh Parisian was able to take Alan Baudot to the mat twice, eventually ending up in full mount landing relentless strikes that eventually forced the TKO stoppage.
Performance Of The Night: Thiago Moises
The gameplan for Thiago Moises was clear from the start: take Christos Giagos down. Despite bringing Giagos to the mat briefly, Moises found his success on the feet, taking Giagos' back and sinking in the rear naked choke only three-minutes into the first round. After losing two consecutive fights, this win puts Moises' career back on track as he looks to soon make it back into the lightweight rankings.
UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs Emmett
June 18, 2022 | Moody Center in Austin, Texas
- Fight Of The Night: Kattar vs Emmett
- Performance Of The Night: Roman Doldize
- Performance Of The Night: Phil Hawes
- Performance Of The Night: Cody Stamann
- Performance Of The Night: Ricardo Ramos
- Performance Of The Night: Jeremiah Wells
- Performance Of The Night: Adrian Yanez
- Performance Of The Night: Kevin Holland
- Performance Of The Night: Gregory Rodrigues
- Performance Of The Night: Joaquin Buckley
GATE: 1.93M USD
ATTENDANCE: 13,689 (sell out)
We are barely halfway through the prelim card in Austin when we knew it was going to be tricky to figure out who was going to get performance bonuses, as fight after fight ended in stellar, show-stopping finishes. Before the night was over, it would tie six other UFC events for the most KO/TKO finishes. So rather than try to pick from such a wealth of prime performances, the UFC brass opted—as they did in Singapore—to give each of the nine finishers a bonus.
Oh, and there was a Fight of the Night.
Fight Of The Night: Kattar vs Emmett
Just like the fights that came before it, the main event with Calvin Kattar and Josh Emmett did not disappoint. Punches were thrown in the first round, with both fighters finding their footing. It was a back and forth battle, as the knees, elbows and jabs were starting to bloody up both Kattar and Emmett throughout the fight.The featherweights went to war until the final horn, neither giving up despite the fatigue that could be seen from both sides. In the end, Emmett came out victorious with a split decision.
Performance Of The Night: Kevin Holland
Kevin Holland got his second straight finish in his second stint at welterweight and he looked brilliant doing it, banging vet Tim Means to the mat and securing a sweet D’arce choke.
Peformance Of The Night: Joaquin Buckley
Buckley reminded Austin audiences of his why he’s one of the most thrilling prospects in the middleweight division, eventually doing so much visible damage to his opponent Albert Duraev that doctors were forced to end the onslaught.
Performance Of The Night: Gregory Rodrigues
Rodrigues put the sting of a controversial split decision loss in the rearview mirror with a stellar effort against Julian Marques in a wild one-round battle.
Performance Of the Night: Adrian Yanez
In what might have drawn the loudest cheers of the night, Texan Adrian Yanez made quick work of Tony Kelley, rocking him with a series of blows that forced the referee to step in.
Performance Of The Night: Jeremiah Wells
He’s only been in the UFC for three fights, but Philly’s Jeremiah Wells has made each of them count. His dramatic KO of veteran Court McGee was his third consecutive finish.
Performance Of The Night: Ricardo Ramos
Of the five spinning-backfist knockouts in UFC history, Ricardo Ramos can now claim two of them when he needed just over a minute to finish Danny Chavez.
Performance Of The Night: Cody Stamman
Stamann looked like the best version of himself fight fans have ever seen as he blitzed Eddie Wineland and ended his evening in just 59 seconds.
Performance Of The Night: Phil Hawes
Welterweight contender Belal Muhammad Tweeted “Hawes got paws” during his KO victory, and it was probably the most succinct way to sum up and absolute punchers clinic over Deron Winn.
Performance Of The Night: Roman Doldize
Roman Doldize opened the show with a bang, ending Kyle Daukaus in just 73 seconds and causing the rest of the middleweights to take notice of his finishing power. Not a bad way to get things started in Austin, and a harbinger of things to come.
UFC 275: Teixeira vs Procházka
June 11, 2022 | Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore
- Fight Of The Night: Glover Teixeira vs Jiri Prochazka
- Performance Of The Night: Zhang Weili
- Performance Of The Night: Jake Matthews
- Performance Of The Night: Jack Della Maddalena
- Performance Of The Night: Maheshate
- Performance Of The Night: Silvana Gomez Juarez
GATE: 1,546,732 USD
ATTENDANCE: 10,787 (sell out)
Fight Of The Night: Glover Teixeira vs Jiri Prochazka
The UFC 275 main event bout between Glover Teixeira and Jiri Prochazka lived up to all the hype, as both men laid it on the line for nearly all 25 minutes. The back and forth affair featured just about everything a fan of mixed martial arts could hope for. There was wrestling, submission attempts, striking, ground and pound, and intense moments.
In the end, it was Czech Republic's Prochazka that sunk in a rear naked choke with under a minute remaining and forced Teixeira to tap. It was Prochazka's crowning moment and it was well-earned. What a fight and what a way to become the champion of the world.
Performance Of The Night: Zhang Weili
Zhang Weili's put a exclamation point on her two-fight series with Joanna Jedrzejczyk, knocking her out in stunning fashion. The knockout happened in the second, when Weili avoiding a strike from Jedrzejczyk and followed up her defensive maneuver with a spinning backfist that Jedrzejczyk never saw coming. Jedrzejczyk fell the to canvas and that was all she wrote.
It was the perfect performance from Weili and puts the former champion right back in the mix for the strawweight title.
Performance Of The Night: Jake Matthews
"The Celtic Kid" got it done in a big way at UFC 275, knocking Andre Fialho out in a welterweight firefight. Matthews let the hands fly and connected with power shots on multiple occasions that helped him wear Fialho out. That's when he landed a couple huge punches in succession and put Fialho out. It was a great performance and showcased that he's still adding to his game.
Performance Of The Night: Jack Della Maddalena
The sophomore UFC performance from Jack Della Maddalena was just as impressive as the first. Maddalena picked his shots carefully in the first minute of the bout, hitting veteran Ramazan Emeev with a huge body shot that sent him crumbling to the floor. Jack Della Maddalena is the real deal folks.
Performance Of The Night: Maheshate
Getting a stunning KO win in your UFC debut is the right way to introduce yourself to UFC fans worldwide. That's exactly what Dana White's Contender Series graduate Maheshate did at UFC 275. He landed a picture perfect punch that turned off the lights for opponent Steve Garcia. Welcome to the show.
Performance Of The Night: Silvana Gomez Juarez
Silvana Gomez Juarez halted her two-fight skid with an astounding KO of Liang Na at UFC 275. Juarez landed a beautiful combo that sent Na reeling and Juarez followed up quickly before Na could recover. Juarez put together the finishing touches with a few extra punches and got back into the win column in style.
Fight Of The Night:
It was a back-and-forth battle with Almeida throwing kicks in the first round, and Trizano striking back with a hook that sent the Brazilian stumbling. The two went to work in the second round, with the blood piling on to both fighters. 55 seconds into the final round the referee stopped the fight after Almeida continued to lay the punches onto Trizano.
Not a bad way to start your UFC career.
Performance Of The Night:
In 15 professional wins, Karine Silva has a 100% finishing rate, and she kept that stat intact in style as secured just the second D'Arce choke submission in women's UFC history in the first round vs compatriot Poliana Botelho.
It’s hard to imagine a more perfect debut for the Brazilian, who punched her ticket to the UFC on the last season of Dana White’s Contender Series.
“Happiness and pride fill me right now,” she would say backstage. “I love this.”
Performance Of The Night:
Ode’ Osbourne took the old cliché that fighters don’t get paid for overtime to heart on his way to earning the sixth fastest knockout in UFC flyweight history. Need only one minute and one second to dispatch Zarrukh Adashev that began with a bomb of an overhand right that sent his opponent to the mat.
“We’ve been working that all camp,” he said of the strategy. “Being patient, then sniping those hooks…it worked to out to a tee.”
Fight Of The Night: Santiago Ponzinibbio vs Michel Pereira
When the matchmakers put this welterweight bout on UFC Fight Night: Holm vs Vieira they knew what they were doing. They knew that they had two warriors who wouldn’t back down an inch.
That’s what fight fans got when Santiago Ponzinibbio and Michel Pereira collided in the Octagon. For 15 minutes the two threw down, mixing a variety of striking attacks until the final bell tolled. It was a very close fight, but Pereira earned the split decision nod and extended his win streak to five in a row. It was an impressive performance and showed that Pereira absolutely deserves to be fighting welterweights with numbers next to their name.
Performance Of The Night: Chidi Njokuani
How do you follow up a 16 second KO in your UFC debut? How about a devastating walk off elbow KO?
That’s exactly what Chidi Njokuani did. He showed that he is not only a real deal but a someone that is going to knocking on the door of the middleweight rankings sooner rather than later. It took Njokuani 15 years to finally make it to the UFC and he’s making the most of it now that he’s here.
Performance Of The Night: Chase Hooper
The “Dream” is alive. Chase Hooper went back to the drawing board and came back with some new skills. 11 months away from competing was the move for Hooper, who displayed improved striking and ground and pound in his but with Felipe Colares.
It was obvious that Hooper’s time in South Carolina training with Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson paid off and he was able to turn in his best UFC performance to date.
Fight Of The Night: Katlyn Chookagian vs Amanda Ribas
Flyweight’s No. 1 contender Katlyn Chookagian risked her position in the flyweight division fight Brazilian upstart and top-10 strawwight Amanda Ribas, and the two engaged in a scrappy, back-and-forth affair that saw Chookagian on the winning-end of a split decision.
Ribas started the fight quickly and got into Chookagian’s face. From there, Ribas was able to toss Chookagian to the mat and gain some control time. Chookagian rose to her feet with less than two minutes left, though, and made the most of it with high volume to end the round. The second round saw the same pace and patterns, except this time, Chookagian managed her distance and cracked Ribas with several heavy combinations before Ribas once again tossed Chookagian to the ground. Chookagian fought to her feet and landed several straight-as-an-arrow right hands to end the second round.
The third round was contested almost entirely on the feet with Chookagian in control. With a minute left, Ribas emptied the tank scoring a takedown and engaging in a thrilling exchange with “Blonde Fighter” until the final horn. In the end, Chookagian did enough to keep her top ranking while Ribas certainly put both strawweight and flyweight on notice.
Performance Of The Night: Ryan Spann
“Superman” came out victorious over “Hulk” as Ryan Spann weathered a marauding Ion Cutelaba in their co-main bout.
Spann connected with heavy shots early, including a big right hand that forced a takedown from Cutelaba. Spann returned to his feet, and they scrambled once again. As he circled out of Cutelaba’s grasp for a second time, Spann locked up a guillotine choke forcing Cutelaba to swiftly tapout mideway through the first round.
Performance Of The Night: Manuel Torres
Contender Series alum Manuel Torres put together an impressive Octagon debut with his knockout win over Frank Camacho.
The fight got going early as Torres and “The Crank” exchanged a few bombs. After getting into the clinch, Torres got some space and began to piece up Camacho. As Camacho charged in with an overhand right, Torres intelligently slid back and countered with a two-punch combo that sent Camacho crumbling to the canvas and forcing the ref to stop the fight in the first round.
UFC 274: Oliveira vs Gaethje
May 7, 2022 | Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ
- Fight Of The Night: Brandon Royval vs Matt Schnell
- Performance Of The Night: Michael Chandler
- Performance Of The Night: Andre Fialho
Gross Total Revenue: $6,127,962.13
Footprint Center Event Gate Record
Attendance: 17,232 (Sold Out)
15 Consecutive UFC Sell Outs with full capacity
Fight Of The Night: Brandon Royval vs Matt Schnell
A fight involving Brandon Royval is nearly always a barnburner, and his matchup against perennial top-10 contender Matt Schnell fell right in line with the rest for as long as it lasted. Schnell dropped Royval with a right hand early, but par for the course, Royval recovered and escaped a submission attempt to snatch up his own guillotine that ended the fight a little more than two minutes into the affair.
Schnell tapped, and Royval called for a fight with a title contender.
Performance Of The Night: Michael Chandler
Michael Chandler continues to deliver fireworks, this time turning in one of the most stunning knockouts of the year with a front kick that put Tony Ferguson to sleep in the second round.
The fight wasn’t without adversity for Chandler. Ferguson looked in his best form since his losing skid began, and he dropped “Iron” with a left hand. Chandler recovered and stemmed the momentum with a big-time double-leg takedown. Early in the second round, Chandler followed Ferguson as he circled and fired a front kick that looked like an NFL punter to Ferguson’s chin. It was the ninth front-kick knockout in UFC history and perhaps the most devastating.
Performance Of The Night: Andre Fialho
In his third fight of 2022, Andre Fialho produced a clean knockout over Cameran VanCamp in the first round of their fight.
After Fiahlo got stung early, he recovered to line up a check hook that caught the reckless VanCamp and folded him midway through the first round. Fialho immediately called for another fight this year – which would be his fourth – requesting a spot on the Singapore-located UFC 275.
Fight Of The Night: Marlon Vera vs Rob Font*
In a crucial battle in the vaunted bantamweight division, Rob Font and Marlon “Chito” Vera duked it out for five rounds, and the Ecuadorian did enough to earn the decision win, likely setting him up for a top-5 matchup next.
To start the fight, Font peppered Vera with his patented jab, but Vera cashed some leg kicks in early to try slow down his opponent. Vera nearly matched Font’s output to stem the momentum built heading into the second round. The second and third round saw more of Font’s pace and volume, but at the end of each frame, Vera dropped Font to the canvas. First, with a sneaky left hook and then a slick knee to end the second and third frame on top, respectively.
Font battled in the fourth round, but Vera turned on the aggression and looked for the finish. Font thwarted him and landed some heat, but “Chito” remained unbothered. Vera dropped Font again midway through the fourth round, but Font survived. Font came out heavy early and often, but once again, Vera rocked the New Englander, but the horn sounded before the finish came.
*Rob Font weighed in above the non-title fight bantamweight limit of 136 pounds. As a result, Marlon Vera receives his portion of the Fight of the Night bonus, totaling $100,000.
Performance Of The Night: Joanderson Brito
Facing well-respected veteran Andre Fili, Joanderson Brito made a huge statement in earning a first-round TKO. Right away, the two got after it, and Brito landed a massive overhand right hand that spun Fili to the ground. Brito followed up well and earned the stoppage inside the first minute of the fight.
Performance Of The Night: Francisco Figueiredo
It took Francisco Figueiredo all of 78 seconds to earn a submission win over Daniel da Silva. After landing a body kick, Figueiredo found himself getting taken down but used the opportunity to scramble. In doing so, he locked up a kneebar, and quickly forced his opponent to tap.
Fight Of The Night: Dwight Grant vs Sergey Khandozhko
This was the sort of battle that could serve as the definition for the Fight of the Night bonus; a back-and-forth, razor-close battle that was either combatant’s glory for the taking. From the opening bell, both Sergey Khandozhko and his opponent Dwight Grant came at each other with bad, bad intentions. Taking turns dropping each other under a sea of haymakers, the fight could have ended at any moment before it actually did in the second round, when Khandozhko scored his 12th KO/TKO career victory in his first fight since 2019.
Performance Of The Night: Jessica Andrade
It only took former UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Jéssica Andrade one round to prove why she’s still one of the best in whatever division she competes in. In the main event of UFC Vegas 52, Andrade took on rising contender Amanda Lemos, who was looking to make a name off the former champion.
In the opening moments of the fight, Lemos was the one who was applying the pressure with kicks and striking. After slipping one of Lemos’s punches, Andrade was able to secure a standing arm triangle. Lemos fought the submission for a few seconds against the cage but would ultimately tap out. The former champion couldn’t have asked for a better return to the 115-pound division.
Performance Of The Night: Claudio Puelles
Claudio Puelles just might have to change his nickname again. "The Prince of Peru" snatched his third submission win via knee bar (most in UFC history) in the biggest moment of his career. His co-main event showcase versus Clay Guida shows just how dangerous Puelles is to other lightweights and why he's someone you might not want to take down. Big things are up next for Puelles.
Fight Of The Night: Mayra Bueno Silva vs Wu Yanan
When the scorecards were read in favor of Mayra Bueno Silva at the conclusion of her bout with Wu Yanan, Silva erupted in shrieks of relief and joy. Joy for the win, and relief because despite the unanimous nod, few would have been surprised with any combination of outcomes given how close the contest was throughout. A wild, back-and-forth brawl of competing stylees, Wu’s high-cardio, unorthodox angles were met with Silva’s slick Muay Thai and heavy counter-punching. As the cliché goes, it was the fans who were the real winners after being treated to 15 straight minutes of brilliant, heart-pounding MMA.
Performance Of The Night: Drakkar Klose
With his wife, Cortney Casey, and their young son, Kingston, in attendance, Drakkar Klose put on one of the great performances on the lightweight’s career to date. Absent from the Octagon for nearly two years—partially due to bizarre faceoff injury from Jeremy Stephens last year—Klose didn’t show the slightest ounce of ring rust as he preceded to tee off on Brandon Jenkins, who hung around in the match much longer than any man probably should. Commentator Daniel Cormier watched in awe as Jenkins ate shot after shot and wondered aloud “How is this kid still standing?” Shortly after that comment, he was no longer standing and Klose celebrated the triumph with his family.
Performance Of The Night: Andre Fialho
After coming out on the wrong side of the scorecards in his UFC debut, Portugal’s Andre Fialho got back to his trademark finishing style with a thrilling TKO victory over Miguel Baeza near the end of the first round. Baeza looked particularly sharp for most of the first frame until Fialho found a home for some mean uppercuts that set the table for a massive left hand that sent “Caramel Thunder” to the mat where he was met with some fierce ground and pound to seal the deal.
UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie
April 9, 2022 | VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida
- Fight Of The Night: Gilbert Burns vs Khamzat Chimaev
- Performance Of The Night: Alexander Volkanovski
- Performance Of The Night: Aleksei Oleinik
Gross Total Revenue: $3,550,053.07
Attendance: 14,605 (Sold Out)
14 Consecutive Sell Outs with full capacity
Fight of the Night: Gilbert Burns vs Khamzat Chimaev
The People’s Main Event delivered on its immense expectations as welterweight contenders Gilbert Burns and Khamzat Chimaev went to war for three rounds.
With questions and hype buzzing around Chimaev, Burns gave the phenom everything he could handle early, stuffing takedowns and cracking right back with “Borz.” The pace was high with a combination of heavy exchanges and entertaining grappling scrambles. Late in the first round, Chimaev switched to a southpaw stance and dropped Burns with a power jab. “Durinho” recovered in the second, and the two resumed their wild striking.
At the end of the round, Burns potentially landing the best shot of the night in the second round when he unleashed a sweeping right hook that dropped Chimaev before Chimaev ended the round with a takedown. Chimaev bounced back and continued with heavy pressure, and although it seemed like Burns was fading, the two continued to battle to the end much to the joys of the Floridian crowd. Ultimately, the judges gave Chimaev the unanimous decision victory, solidifying the young upstart as a real contender in the division.
Performance of the Night: Alexander Volkanovski
“The Great” got one step closer to putting “est” at the end of his moniker with a clinically dominant performance in his third defense of his title. From the jump, Volkanovski controlled the pace of the fight against Chan Sung Jung, peppering “The Korean Zombie” with jabs from distance and consistently disrupting his rhythm. Volkanovski put all his skills on display, taking Jung down at will and cracking him with punches up top. Even as Jung got more aggressive, Volkanovski coolly countered, and in the third round, Volkanoski dropped Jung with an emphatic right hand and huge follow-up shots. Although Jung made it out for the fourth round, it didn’t take long for Volkanovski to put the finishing touches on his masterpiece, earning the stoppage seconds into the frame.
Performance of the Night: Aleksei Oleinik
Heavyweight submission wizard Aleksei Oleinik provided a vintage performance to pick up yet another tapout win and his 60th professional win with a first-round scarf hold against Jared Vanderaa. It was a classic performance from the 44-year-old as he waited for his chance to get to the ground and methodically worked his way to a neck-crank variation with just over a minute left in the first frame.
Fight of the Night: Matt Brown vs Bryan Barberena
When this fight was rebooked for Columbus, Ohio everyone knew exactly what the world was going to get out of Matt Brown and Bryan Barberena – A slugfest where two tough guys willing to beat the snot out of each other until the final bell. And that’s exactly what these two welterweight veterans delivered to a sold-out crowd at Nationwide Arena.
It was three rounds of powerful elbows in the clinch and nothing but heart. Brown mixed in some well-timed takedowns and was able to cause some damage when he had Barberena on his back, but it was clear that Barberena was the fresher fighter as the fight was coming down to the wire. Barberena put it on Brown in the final moments, in what was a closely contested bout for the entire 15 minutes.
The performance was enough for Barberena to play spoiler and ruin Brown’s homecoming party by taking the fight via Split Decision. Even with a disappointing result for Brown there was nothing for “The Immortal” to hang his head about, it was one hell of a fight by two true warriors.
Performance of the Night: Curtis Blaydes
When you’re in need of making a big statement, sometimes you must do the unexpected. That’s exactly what Curtis Blaydes did against Chris Daukaus in Columbus. Blaydes didn’t rely on his wrestling one bit, as a matter of fact, he didn’t even fake a shot attempt.
Instead, the Team Elevation product and heavyweight title contender stood with Daukaus and knocked him out. It was impressive and truly showed that Blaydes has ever tool at his disposal to be competing for a UFC heavyweight title.
Performance of the Night: Chris Gutiérrez
“El Guapo” struck again and this time he printed his name in the UFC history books. Chris Gutiérrez connected with a beautiful spinning backfist that sent Batgerel Danaa to the canvas. He followed up that backfist with some hammerfists and some ground and pound before Danaa could clear the cobwebs.
It was the 9th TKO in UFC history stemming from a spinning backfist and extended Gutiérrez’s unbeaten streak to seven in a row. With the win, Gutiérrez becomes the only fighter in UFC history to have a TKO by spinning backfist and by leg kicks.
UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs Aspinall
March 19, 2022 | O2 Arena in London, United Kingdom
- Performance Of The Night: Tom Aspinall
- Performance Of The Night: Arnold Allen
- Performance Of The Night: Paddy Pimblett
- Performance Of The Night: Molly McCann
- Performance Of The Night: Sergei Pavlovich
- Performance Of The Night: Makwan Amirkhani
- Performance Of The Night: Ilia Topuria
- Performance Of The Night: Paul Craig
- Performance Of The Night: Muhammad Mokaev
Performance of the Night: Muhammad Mokaev
“Uncle Dana; 50 Gs!” beckoned Muhammad Mokaev after opening the UFC London card—and his UFC career—with a beautiful 58 second guillotine choke, set up by a perfectly timed knee to the chin of his opponent Cody Durden. It was the second fastest submission in the history of the flyweight division.
Both men had been jawing at each other during fight week, and it was Manchester’s Mokaev—perhaps the most decorated amateur fighter in the UFC—who backed up his words. At 21, he dreams of being the youngest UFC champion, and with a few more performances like he had tonight, he might have a chance.
Performance of the Night: Paul Craig
It was a story arc that almost perfectly mirrored Paul Craig’s fight in the very same building four years earlier vs Magomed Ankalaev. After taking a severe beating for three rounds, Craig pulled out a last-second submission when his opponent dared to go to the ground with him.
RELATED: Paul Craig Post-Fight Interview
Fast forward to 2022, and it was Nikita Krylov seemingly having his way with the Scotsman, landing absolute sledgehammers to Craig’s head while he lay flat on his back in the Octagon. Commentator Paul Felder remarked that Craig even looked like he might be out. But as Krylov went to the ground to finish his attack, that was where “Bearjew” seemed to be lying in wait as he executed a brilliant triangle choke from his back. Truly another bonus-worthy effort if ever there was one.
Performance of the Night: Ilia Topuria
Five inches shorter, seven inches less in reach advantage and down on all the scorecards heading into the second round weren’t enough factors to deter Spain’s Ilia Topuria from upsetting English favorite Jai Herbert in front of the stunned O2 crowd.
RELATED: Ilia Topuria Post-Fight Interview
A clean right hand just over a minute into the second round sent Herbert to the canvas and sent Topuria to the microphone where he wasted no time in calling out another hometown favorite, Paddy Pimblett, with whom he has been beefing with of late. Judging by the reaction of the crowd, he’s not the only one who would welcome that fight.
Performance of the Night: Makwan Amirkhani
Makwan Amirkhani got back to doing what he does best: winning by anaconda choke. Needing only 57 seconds vs England favorite Mike Grundy, "Mr. Finland" earned his third anaconda choke submission in UFC competition and his third in three wins. Only lightweight champion Charles Oliveira has as many. It was also the rare UFC bout that featured no punches landed.
"If you give me your head I will take it home," Amirkhani would say backstage. "I feel unstoppable."
Performance of the Night: Sergei Pavlovich
Sergei Pavlovich returned after almost three years away and earned a first-round stoppage of Shamil Abdurakhimov. Pavlovich spent the early part of the fight feelings things out before cracking his foe with a right hand. After Abdurakhimov recovered, Pavlovich uncorked another right hand and swarmed his opponent earning a stoppage with less than a minute left.
With only one professional loss and twelve first-round knockouts, the heavyweight is steadily gaining ground on the division’s elite.
Performance of the Night: Molly McCann
With her spinning back elbow knockout of Luana Carolina, Molly McCann became just the fourth UFC fighter to earn that distinction (she joins Ricardo Ramos, Dong Hyun "Stun Gun" Kim, and Jiri Prochazka).
RELATED: Molly McCann Octagon Interview
Wielding visible emotion from the start with the apparent entirety of O2 Arena behind her, there was a feeling from the first punch landed that McCann wasn’t going back to Liverpool without a win.
"I've got them Irish/Scouse lungs in me, so I'm ready to punch all night," she would say after the win, but she only needed a shade over two rounds to set up the early frontrunner for best KO of 2022.
Performance of the Night: Paddy Pimblett
With perhaps the biggest pop of any fighter on the UFC London card, Liverpool’s Paddy Pimblett made his walk to the Octagon with the weight of massive expectations and he delivered on every one of them with his first round submission of Kazula Vargas. It’s impossible at this point to ignore that a star is very much in the making.
RELATED: Paddy Pimblett Post-Fight Interview
“It’s the beginning, the middle and the end that you get from him,” said commentator Michael Bisping as Pimblett made his way back to the locker room through a sea of adoration and high-fives. “He hypes the fight like nobody else. The walkouts are incredible. The fights deliver excitement, and then afterwards on the microphone as well. He really is the complete package.”
Performance of the Night: Arnold Allen
There’s no denying the heart and the ability that Dan Hooker has to take punch, but he met the wrong opponent for his return to featherweight as he encountered a buzzsaw named Arnold Allen.
RELATED: Arnold Allen Octagon Interview
“These boys woke up and chose violence,” shouted UFC announcer John Gooden as both men swung for the fences from the opening bell. It was Arnold, however, that controlled the speed and the output. Unable to escape the barrage, the referee stepped in to stop the onslaught before the first frame was finished. Capping a nine-fight win streak, Allen is now an undeniable problem at 145 lbs. He called out Calvin Kattar as a possible next opponent in his post-fight interview.
Performance of the Night: Tom Aspinall
After a night that featured finish after finish, it was difficult to imagine what either man in the main event could do to top it, but Tom Aspinall rose to the challenge. With the added pressure of fighting in front of UFC fans for the first time in his career—at home no less—the rising heavyweight phenom set to work battering Alexander Volkov with his speed before landing him on his back and submitting him with a straight arm lock less than four minutes into the fight.
RELATED: Tom Aspinall Octagon Interview
Knocking on the door of a top five ranking, the pride of Manchester called out Tai Tuivasa, noting that it wasn’t only Aussie’s who enjoyed celebrating with a beer after a win, as Aspinall himself proceeded to do with fans as he left the Octagon.
Performance of the Night: Cody Brundage
There aren’t many comebacks like the one we saw from Cody Brundage at UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Ankalaev. Usually comeback wins involve a fighter rallying from being dropped or nearly submitted, not many comebacks happen after taking nearly 50 unanswered strikes.
That’s what Brundage was able to against Dalch Lungiambula. Brundage was getting battered along the fence, hoping that Lungiambula would either get tired or make a mistake. Lungiambula threw a flurry of punches then went in for a shot and Brundage saw his shot. He pulled the guillotine and was able to finish the fight.
It tied for the fourth biggest statistical comeback finish in UFC middleweight history. What a way to get your first career UFC win.
Performance of the Night: Azamat Murzakanov
Azamat Murzakanov’s UFC debut wasn’t perfect, but the undefeated Russian was able to weather the storm brought on by light heavyweight prospect Tafon Tchukwi and make a splash at the start of the third round.
Murzakanov executed a beautiful flying knee that dropped Tchukwi instantly to the canvas. There weren’t any other strikes needed and just like that, Murzakanov moved to 11-0 and is on the right track to find footing in the division.
Performance of the Night: Khalil Rountree Jr.
After a strong first round against Karl Roberson, Khalil Rountree Jr. would put away Roberson in opening moments of the second round via TKO . To start the second-round, Rountree immediately put the pressure on Roberson. Once Rountree sensed he had Robeson hurt, the Las Vegas-native would unleash another barrage of heavy strikes that would eventually drop Roberson to the canvas.
As Roberson attempted to get back to his feet, Rountree would land a powerful body kick that would force Roberson too cover up. Referee Herb Dean would call a stop to the contest 25 seconds into the round.
Performance of the Night: Song Yadong
For his first co-main event inside the Octagon, Song Yadong would rise to the occasion, delivering a first round knockout against UFC veteran, Marlon Moraes. The spotlight and attention seemed to have little affect on Song, as he looked more than confident against the veteran.
It only took Song two minutes to finish the job in Las Vegas. If he is to have another impressive performance against a ranked opponent, Song could easily finding himself challenging for a world title next.
UFC 272: Covington vs Masvidal
March 5, 2022 | T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
- Fight Of The Night: Colby Covington vs Jorge Masvidal
- Performance Of The Night: Kevin Holland
- Performance Of The Night: Maryna Moroz
Gross Total Revenue: $6,760,000
Attendance: 19,425 (Sold Out)
11th-Consecutive PPV Sell-Out
Fight of the Night: Colby Covington vs Jorge Masvidal
While the bad blood between Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal may not be settled after tonight, Colby Covington was the one to walk away with his hand raised.
In the opening moments of the first round, Masvidal attempted to land his patent flying knee, but Covington would stay clear and respond with a few shots of his own. Covington was relentless with his pressure and takedown attempts, eventually getting Masvidal down to the canvas for a brief moment. Masvidal started the second round much stronger, landing clean kicks. In the midst of a clinching battle, Covington would land a low knee that would bring the fight to a brief holt.
Entering the championship rounds, Covington’s gas tank and conditioning was proving to be too much. Covington’s strikes were finding their home, but with 90 seconds left in the round, Masvidal would land a flush right that would send Covington to his knee for a brief moment. Masvidal wasn’t able to capitalize on the opening due to fatigue, as Covington was able to quickly shake off the cobwebs to get back in the fight.
In the final round, Covington continued with his pressure and would eventually get Masvidal back to the mat. Masvidal would get back to his feet briefly but would have no answer for Covington’s wrestling. In the final seconds, Covington was able to land some ground and pound strikes before the bout came to an end. Covington and Masvidal would stand to their feet and continue the trash talk, even after the fight concluded. All three judges would give the win to Covington, putting a brief end to one of the most heated rivalries the Octagon has seen.
Performance of the Night: Kevin Holland
"Big Mouth" backed up the talk in his UFC welterweight debut. Kevin Holland and Alex Oliveira went back and forth in a highly competitive first round but it was all Holland off the jump in the second. A perfect connection put Oliveira down on the canvas and Holland turned up the heat raining a combination of punches and elbows that ended the fight.
It was a great introduction to the welterweight division for Holland and only exciting things are on the horizon for one of UFC's most entertaining fighters.
Performance of the Night: Maryna Moroz
Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal weren't the only two fighters with some bad blood at UFC 272. Maryna Moroz and Mariya Agapova traded words for before they made it to the Octagon, but it was Moroz who backed up the talk. Moroz executed her gameplan of strong grappling mixed with submission attempts in route to a beautiful arm triangle submission win.
The win was Moroz's first submission win in seven years and helped her regain her footing in the flyweight division.
Fight of the Night: Ji Yeon Kim vs Priscila Cachoeira
Flyweight fireworks went off inside the UFC APEX at UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs Green. Both Ji Yeon "Firefist" Kim and Priscila "Zombie Girl" Cachoeira lived up to their nicknames, putting on a three-round stand-up showcase.
Each woman had their moments in the fight, with Kim connecting early and often with her crisp combos and counterstrikes. Cachoeira relied on her powerful strikes to hurt Kim and while some of her shots missed the mark, the ones that found home made a big impact.
Heading into the third frame it was anyone's fight, and as they approached the mid-way of the round it seemed like Kim had things under control. That's when Cachoeira hit her third maybe fourth wind and started throwing elbow after elbow after elbow, busting Kim open and ending the final round in an intense flurry.
The judges saw the spectacular fight as a Unanimous Decision for Cachoeira, giving her three wins in her last four UFC bouts.
Performance of the Night: Wellington Turman
Just a few weeks after his bout with Rodolfo Viera was cancelled, Wellington Turman made the most of his opportunity to face Misha Cirkunov at UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs Green. The Brazilian middleweight bounced back from a tough first round in which he absorbed a handful of ground and pound strikes with a stunning armbar win in the second round. Turman threw up the armbar in what felt like an instance, forcing Cirkuno to tap immediately. It was a big win and a definite step in the right direction for Turman.
Performance of the Night: Arman Tsarukyan
Islam Makhachev wasn't the only ranked lightweight to get a dominate TKO victory at UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs Green. Arman Tsarukyan dominated Joel Álvarez from start to finish, utilizing his grappling to hold the Spaniard to the canvas and drop devastating elbows on his opponent. One of which, caused a terrible gash on Álvarez's nose that made it difficult for Álvarez to see. It also marked the beginning of the end for Álvarez, as Tsarukyan went directly back to the gameplan in the second round.
Tsarukyan pressured Álvarez right off the bat, was able to get him briefly into a crucifix position and then pour on shots that the referee couldn't ignore. It was a picture perfect performance and proved that Tsarukyan is more than a prospect, he's a contender.
Performance of the Night: Jamahal Hill
Sweet dreams, indeed. Jamahal Hill followed up his ultra-impressive KO win over Jimmy Crute with a walkoff KO win over Johnny Walker. Hill showed that he's more than ready for the bright lights by handing some big kicks early from Walker before connecting with a perfect straight right that made Walker's body go stiff as a board. Hill followed up with a devastating strike and put the lights out on Walker.
It was a perfect showcase for one of the rising stars in the light heavyweight division. Big things are coming for Hill in 2022.
Performance of the Night: Kyle Daukaus
After a frustrating couple of months, Kyle Daukaus was charged up and ready to make a statement. He did just that by submitting Jamie Pickett with a D'Arce Choke in the final second of the first round. Receiving a bonus was the cherry on top and definitely helped make up for lost time.
Daukaus told Paul Felder in the Octagon after the win that he wants to be known as 'The D'Arce Knight' going forward and he's certainly a fighter that people should have their eyes on going forward.
Performance of the Night: David Onama
David Onama made his UFC debut on short notice up a weight class against Mason Jones. It was a very hard-fought and close bout but the performance proved that Onama deserved to be in the big show. With his stunning comeback KO win over Gabriel Benitez at UFC Fight Night: Walker vs Hill, it's clear that Onama is the real deal and is one of the hottest prospects in the featherweight division.
Performance of the Night: Stephanie Egger
Back-to-back finishes have put Stephanie Egger on the map as a real player in the women's bantamweight division. At UFC Fight Night: Walker vs Hill she was able to put away Jessica-Rose Clark just two minutes into the second round with an impressive Armbar. She transitioned through the scramble and proved that she's not a fighter that her future opponents will want to get mixed up with on the canvas.
UFC 271: Adesanya vs Whittaker 2
February 12, 2022 | Toyota Center in Houston, Texas
- Fight Of The Night: Douglas Silva de Andrade vs Sergey Morozov
- Performance Of The Night: Tai Tuivasa
- Performance Of The Night: Jared Cannonier
Gross Total Revenue: $4,302,301.92
Top Grossing Event in Toyota Center History
Attendance: 17,872 (Sold Out)
Fight of the Night: Douglas Silva de Andrade vs Sergey Morozov
“This is a great fight,” exclaimed announcer Daniel Cormier midway through the second round of the bout between Douglas Silva De Andrade vs Sergey Morozov, and truer words have never been spoken. Houston fans not in their seats, and the home audience not yet in front of their televisions missed a wild back-and-forth brawl that might have ended ten or more times before it did when de Andrade sunk in the rear naked choke and Morozov—who wouldn’t tap—went unconscious with his eyes open.
The Brazilian de Andrade was mostly on the receiving end of the melee in the first frame, not only losing the round on all three judge’s scorecards, but even receiving an 8 from one judge.
“It's only over when it's over, and it wasn't over,” he said.
Fired up and reborn in the second round, he repaid the favor to a game Morozov in a performance that made the Toyota Center sound like it was at capacity in only the third fight of the evening.
“I love you Houston,” he exclaimed upon winning, before beseeching Dana White for the bonus he had to know was coming his way.
Performance of the Night: Tai Tuivasa
As dangerous as Tai Tuivasa is, it felt almost unthinkable that he would KO Derrick Lewis in front of his raucous hometown Houston crowd, particularly after eating some of Lewis’ trademark strikes for a round and half, and yet that’s precisely what the Australian did.
Jumping from No. 12 to No. 3 in the process, Tuivasa now has the second longest active UFC win streak in the heavyweight division with his 5th consecutive win (the champ, Francis Ngannou, has 6), and became only the 24th fighter in UFC history with a streak of five or more consecutive finishes.
Despite it being Lewis’ house, Tuivasa has endeared himself to fans worldwide, even those in Houston, who were more than happy to share his trademark shoeys along their way back to the locker room and beyond to celebrate his new status in the heavyweight elite.
Performance of the Night: Jared Cannonier
There was a moment in the final seconds of the first round when Jared Cannonier every so lightly started to make the gesture to tap out from Derek Brunson’s tight choke. Perhaps realizing he only needed to hang on for a few more seconds, he resisted. It was the right choice.
Armed with the knowledge he came within a whisper of losing a potential title shot, Cannonier exploded in the second round, hurting Brunson (who had looked fantastic) and putting him on the retreat before finishing the veteran in a flurry of elbows and strikes that simultaneously prompted the referee to step in and Brunson’s corner to throw in the towel. In the post-fight presser, UFC president Dana White agreed that Cannonier’s efforts warranted the next shot at champion Israel Adesanya.
Fight of the Night: Julian Erosa vs Steven Peterson*
Julian Erosa added $100k to his wallet at UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs Strickland when he faced Steven Peterson in an epic featherweight bout. Peterson missed weight so he was ineligible for a bonus when he missed weight. Erosa proved once again that he is in the mix when he faced Peterson at UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs Strickland. Erosa demonstrated his well-rounded skills in an exciting back-and-forth match-up featuring plenty of spinning attacks, scrambles and big moments.
Erosa will look to add another bonus to his resume the next time that he makes the walk to the Octagon in 2022.
*Steven Peterson weighed in above the featherweight limit of 146 pounds and as a result, forfeited his Fight Of The Night Bonus to Julian Erosa.
Performance of the Night: Chidi Njokuani
The long road to the UFC paid off for Chidi Njokuani when he knocked out Marc-Andre Barriault in just 16 seconds. It was a massive statement for Njokuani and proved that although it took him a while to get to the big show, he absolutely belongs.
Performance of the Night: Shavkat Rakhmonov
More eyes need to be on Shavkat Rakhmonov. At 15-0 with a 100% finish rate, he truly is one the top prospects in the welterweight division. His spinning hook kick KO over Carlston Harris is just proof that he is going to be a contending at the top of the division sooner rather than later.
UFC 270: Ngannou vs Gane
January 22, 2022 | Honda Center in Anaheim, California
- Fight Of The Night: Brandon Moreno vs Deiveson Figueiredo 3
- Performance Of The Night: Said Nurmagomedov
- Performance Of The Night: Vanessa Demopoulos
Attendance: 17,387 (Sold Out)
California Gate Record (MMA)
Top Grossing Event in Honda Center History
Fight of the Night: Brandon Moreno vs Deiveson Figueiredo 3
Before the fight had even reached the final round, the growing chorus both inside the Honda Center and on social media was near unanimous: give us a fourth fight. And when an emotional Deiveson Figueiredo got his hand raised at the end, it’s what he wanted too. He even offered for the fight to be in Mexico.
“Thank you so much, Brandon Moreno,” Figueiredo said as he cradled his championship hardware, adding “Today is my day.”Over the course of 25 full minutes it was a veritable game of inches, with the momentum seesawing between both men in the same manner that made their first meeting an instant classic. If the fight had lasted thirty seconds longer, who knows? But when the final horn sounded, it was the Brazilian who had done just enough extra work to reclaim his flyweight belt.
Performance of the Night: Said Nurmagomedov
There’s an old saying in combat sports that you don’t get paid for overtime and Said Nurmagomedov seems to understand that as well as anyone. Before it seemed his opponent Cody Stamann even knew what was happening, the Russian locked in the choke and then rolled to get the submission. At 47 seconds, it was the third-fastest submission in the history of the 135-lb ranks. In the densely talent-packed bantamweight division, Nurmagomedov made many sit up and take notice with his fourth win in five UFC fights.
"Wow," said TSN's Aaron Bronsteter on Twitter following the win. "Said Nurmagomedov just ran through Cody Stamann, which is incredibly difficult to do."
Performance of the Night: Vanessa Demopoulos
After surviving a right hand that would have sent most folks into the shadow realm, Vanessa Demopoulos, in her own words “woke up” on the mat in the early prelims and had the calm presence of mind to work Silvana Gomez Juarez into a beautifully executed arm bar.
So happy was Demopoulos to get her first UFC victory that she did some impressive splits and jumped into the arms of Joe Rogan as he interviewed the jubilant strawweight.
“I don’t have enough fingers and toes to tell you how awesome it feels,” she would say backstage. “These are the things that I’ve dreamed of. These are the things that I spoke into existence.”
Fight of the Night: Calvin Kattar vs Giga Chikadze
The first main event of 2022 delivered on almost all its promises as Calvin Kattar and Giga Chikadze stood toe-to-toe for all 25 minutes in an absolute war.
Kattar got into Chikadze’s face early and switched his stances to mitigate the opportunity for Chikadze to fire off a body kick flush. Chikadze adjusted accordingly, and he started to counter well moving backward. However, after Chikadze slipped on a kick, Kattar pounced and maintained control for the rest of the round. With the pressure working, Kattar wore Chikadze down some more over the next few rounds.
In the second and third rounds, Kattar switched to an elbow-heavy attack and sliced nasty cuts up on Chikadze’s face. He also stayed in perpetual forward motion, but when Chikadze had some space, he fired off heavy shots with his feet and hands. When Kattar shot for takedowns, the Georgian fended them off well. Although Chikadze had his moment of success, the story of the fight was Kattar. He pushed the pace all fight, showed off his slick boxing, mixed in grappling and punished Chikadze with elbows. His best shot came late – a spinning counter elbow that Chikadze somehow ate without so much as flinching. As the fight wound down, Kattar finally dropped Chikadze and finished the fight with furious ground-and-pound.
The judges gave Kattar the unanimous nod (50-45, 50-45, 50-44), a heck of a bounce-back win after a year away from action.
Performance of the Night: Jake Collier
Jake Collier delivered one of his better performances as a heavyweight with a first-round submission of Chase Sherman. Right away, Collier showed off his hand-speed to deliver the better shots early.
Sherman fired a kick, but Collier caught it and pushed Sherman to the canvas. From there, he poured on heavy ground-and-pound before taking Sherman's back and securing a rear naked choke. The victory was Collier's first submission win in the UFC.
Performance of the Night: Viacheslav Borshchev
There's simply no better way to make your UFC debut than getting an emphatic finish and walking away with an extra $50k in your pockets, and that's exactly what Viacheslav Borshchev did inside the UFC APEX with his first-round TKO over Dakota Bush.
Bush's strategy for unraveling the decorated kickboxer was set into motion pretty quickly, as he tagged the newcomer and took him down, but Borshchev remained calm and got the fight back to the feet, backing Bush against the cage before dropping him with a left hook to the liver, finishing the fight with a flurry of punches.
A bold statement for the Russian fighting out of Team Alpha Male, who shows promise to make waves in a stacked lightweight divsion.