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UFC MONTHLY REPORT | OCTOBER 2023

The UFC Monthly Report Highlights Some Of The Best Performances From The Previous Month Of Action Inside The Octagon.

The UFC Monthly Report is a feature that will highlight some of the best performances from the previous month of action inside the Octagon, spotlighting outstanding finishes and fights, breakout competitors, and talented new arrivals, in an effort to keep track of competitors and performances that could end up on the Half-Year and Year-End Awards.

After September marked the close of a 17-week run of events, October followed with three events — two at the UFC APEX - to end a four-game home stand in Las Vegas, and the annual trip to Abu Dhabi, where UFC 294 rocked Etihad Arena.

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As has been the case all year, the events of the past month offered plenty of options to choose from when handing out this month’s hardware, though there were a couple obvious selections that will mostly garner serious consideration in the year-end awards races.

Here’s a look back at the high points from inside the Octagon in October in the latest edition of the Monthly Report.

Breakout Performance: Jonathan Martinez (UFC Vegas 81)

Jonathan Martinez reacts after his victory against Adrian Yanez in a bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 14, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
Jonathan Martinez reacts after his victory against Adrian Yanez in a bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 14, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

This was the kind of performance that Martinez has needed throughout his steady climb up the bantamweight ranks.

While he delivered a nearly identical effort two fights earlier against Cub Swanson, the fact that it came against a veteran relocating to the 135-pound weight class for the first (and seemingly only) time lessened the impact of his second-round stoppage win. For one reason or another, his unanimous decision victory over the always dangerous Said Nurmagomedov didn’t really resonate either, which made his pairing this month with Adrian Yanez critical.

Jonathan Martinez reacts after his victory against Adrian Yanez in a bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 14, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
Jonathan Martinez reacts after his victory against Adrian Yanez in a bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 14, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Despite entering on a five-fight winning streak and being stationed ahead of the Dana White’s Contender Series grad in the rankings, Martinez felt like the B-side heading into the contest, but quickly showed that he was the superior talent. Just as he did to Swanson 364 days earlier, Martinez attacked the lead leg of Yanez early, often, and with impunity, leaving him limping noticeably by the end of the first round and incapable of continuing by the midway point of the second.

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Martinez isn’t someone that has a large social media presence or even all that much to say in his post-fight interviews, but he’s now on a six-fight winning streak in what is arguably the deepest and most talent-rich division in the UFC. He’s 10-2 over his last dozen fights, with one of those setbacks coming by split decision in a fight just about everyone believes he won, and his main card felling of Yanez should put him in a position to share the Octagon with another ranked opponent next time out.

If you were sleeping on Martinez before this, I’m sure he has your full and undivided attention now.

Honorable Mentions: Joe Pyfer, Nate Maness, Michel Pereira, Melissa Dixon, Ikram Aliskerov, Shara Magomedov

Submission of the Month: Muhammad Mokaev def. Tim Elliott (UFC 294)

 Muhammad Mokaev of Russia punches Tim Elliott in a bantamweight fight during the UFC 294 event at Etihad Arena on October 21, 2023 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
Muhammad Mokaev of Russia punches Tim Elliott in a bantamweight fight during the UFC 294 event at Etihad Arena on October 21, 2023 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

As a sucker for a good ninja choke, I was tempted to tap Said Nurmagomedov here, but the ramifications of Mokaev’s victory at UFC 294 make it stand out even more.

Entering the fight with five victories in as many UFC appearances and facing a ranked opponent for the first time, the 23-year-old rising star calmly and patiently registered the biggest win of his career in Abu Dhabi, submitting Elliott in the third round with an arm-triangle choke.

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This was positioned as a major test for Mokaev and the ascending prospect passed with flying colors, navigating a pair of close, competitive rounds to emerge as the much fresher of the two in the third, where he’s had a penchant for putting people away. He never looked bothered in the moments where Elliott was having success earlier in the fight, cooly extracting himself from a couple different submission attempts that looked like they could be troublesome.

Muhammad Mokaev of Russia reacts after his victory over Tim Elliott in a bantamweight fight during the UFC 294 event at Etihad Arena on October 21, 2023 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
Muhammad Mokaev of Russia reacts after his victory over Tim Elliott in a bantamweight fight during the UFC 294 event at Etihad Arena on October 21, 2023 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Early in the third, Mokaev hit a beautiful peak-out to wrestle Elliott to the canvas before chipping away with short shots until the arm-triangle setup presented itself. Though it seemed like he might be restricted by his proximity to the fence, the youngster floated over to the choking side and deepened the squeeze, quickly drawing out the tap from Elliott.

As it turned out, he needed the finish, as Mokaev was down two rounds on two of the three scorecards heading into the final stanza.

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Now 11-0 with one no contest for his career, Mokaev rose into the Top 10 with the victory, and is the type of exceptional talent that could very well spend the better part of the next decade in that group.

Honorable Mentions: Pyfer vs. Abdul Razak Alhassan, Said Nurmagomedov vs. Muin Gafurov

Knockout of the Month: Islam Makhachev def. Alexander Volkanovski (UFC 294)

 Islam Makhachev of Russia reacts after his knockout victory against Alexander Volkanovski of Australia in the UFC lightweight championship fight during the UFC 294 event at Etihad Arena on October 21, 2023 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
Islam Makhachev of Russia reacts after his knockout victory against Alexander Volkanovski of Australia in the UFC lightweight championship fight during the UFC 294 event at Etihad Arena on October 21, 2023 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chr

There couldn’t be any other choice.

Makhachev entered his lightweight championship rematch with Volkanovski looking to make it crystal clear to all those that questioned the outcome of their first meeting or heaped praise on the featherweight boss that he was the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport, and then made his point in the most emphatic way possible.

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Just over three minutes into the UFC 294 main event, Makhachev unleashed a left high kick that struck Volkanovski flush, shaking his equilibrium and sending him to the canvas. The lightweight champion was quick to pounce and unload a torrent of follow-up blows, leaving referee Marc Goddard no choice but to step in and halt the action.

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The tremendous image captured by UFC photographer Chris Unger of Makhachev walking away, a single finger pressed against his lips, silencing the crowd and the critics while Volkanovski laid against the fence getting medical attention perfectly encapsulates the performance and the moment for the champion, who turned 32 on Friday.

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Makhachev is now 4-0 in Abu Dhabi, with each of his last three victories coming by way of stoppage, including a pair of championship wins. After years of being heralded as the one to follow Khabib Nurmagomedov, the current champ is now forging his own path of destruction through the lightweight division, just like his friend and coach did before him.

Honorable Mentions: Bobby Green vs. Grant Dawson, Drew Dober vs. Ricky Glenn, Maness vs. Mateus Mendonca, Terrance McKinney vs. Brendon Marotte, Aliskerov vs. Warlley Alves, Mike Breeden vs. Anshul Jubli

Fight of the Month: Edson Barboza def. Sodiq Yusuff (UFC Vegas 81)

Edson Barboza golpeia Sodiq Yusuff na luta principal do UFC Vegas 81. (Foto por Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
Edson Barboza golpeia Sodiq Yusuff na luta principal do UFC Vegas 81. (Foto por Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

In the first minute of this fight, Yusuff hurt Barboza bad — like “Herb Dean could have certainly stepped in and stopped the fight and no one would have really argued against it” bad — and after the opening five minutes, you would have been hard pressed to find many people outside of Barboza’s team and his most ardent loyalists that would have believed the Brazilian veteran would survive to the end of the contest.

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Those first five minutes felt like Father Time had finally chased down the 13-year UFC veteran, as the power coming at him from his younger opponent seemed as if it was too much for Barboza to handle.

So how’s this for an M. Night Shyamalan-level twist for you: not only did Barboza not get finished, but he won every subsequent round to claim a unanimous decision victory with scores of 48-46 twice and 49-46 once to post his second straight win.

 Edson Barboza of Brazil battles Sodiq Yusuff of Nigeria in a featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 14, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
Edson Barboza of Brazil battles Sodiq Yusuff of Nigeria in a featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 14, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

This was a fight won on tenacity and veteran force of will as much as anything else, and becomes another impressive entry in the otherworldly slate of fights and highlights Barboza has amassed over the course of his UFC tenure. He clipped Yusuff with his signature spinning wheel kick at one point and actually distanced himself from his younger opponent as the fight wore on, ramping up his output over the final two rounds.

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Yusuff will surely learn from this effort and be better for having gone through it, while Barboza simply continues to be an extraordinary talent holding down a place in the Top 15, happy to throw down with whoever the UFC puts in front of him.

Honorable Mentions: Christian Rodriguez vs. Cameron Saaiman, Dixon vs. Irina Alekseeva, Khamzat Chimaev vs. Kamaru Usman

UFC Fight Night: Yusuff vs Barboza took place live from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 14, 2023. See the Final Results, Official Scorecards and Who Won Bonuses - and relive the action on UFC Fight Pass!