It became potentially nothing in comparison with Dana White’s.
The UFC czar saw his monthly pay-per-gaze demonstrate grew to become upside down on the closing imaginable moment on Friday when would-be important eventer Khamzat Chimaev missed weight and necessitated fighter swaps in every of the cardboard’s top three bouts.
Chimaev’s long-established opponent, Nate Diaz, as one more hurt up within the principle event against used light-weight-grew to become-welterweight Tony Ferguson, whereas Chimaev dropped to the No. 2 slot against Kevin Holland. The foes on the starting up penciled in for Ferguson and Holland—Li Jingliang and Daniel Rodriguez—had been matched against every assorted in bout No. 3.
The total 13-bout demonstrate became broadcast are residing by ESPN+ with an announcing team of Jon Anik, Daniel Cormier and Joe Rogan, whereas Megan Olivi worked the room with feature pieces and breaking news. The B/R combat team became in station as nicely to compile the definitive list of the winners and losers from a tumultuous Saturday evening in Las Vegas.
Scroll thru to gaze what we came up with, and tumble a understanding or two within the feedback.
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Neither Diaz nor Ferguson is probably going to become world champions.
Nonetheless that does not imply, even with every a couple of years from age 40, they couldn’t establish aside collectively a compelling albeit without note organized battle into the principle-event rounds in front of an adoring crowd.
The ageing lightweights grew to become welterweights traded kicks, punches, and each so regularly out of the ordinary gestures thru three rounds before Diaz grew to become a Ferguson takedown strive into a guillotine choke attain at 2: 52 of Round 4 atop the UFC 279 demonstrate within the Nevada barren region.
It came within the closing combat of Diaz’s contemporary contract with the company, and he urged later on it’d be his closing for the time being as he moves forward with plans to change gears and judge over “one more sport.”
He never specified what sport it’d be, however Diaz has been connected to a imaginable crossover showdown with social media megastar-grew to become-boxer Jake Paul.
“I am going to head on the market, select over one more occupation and switch into the most productive at that,” he stated. “Then I am going to be correct the f–k encourage to obtain a UFC title.”
He and Ferguson had been somewhat even across 15 minutes of irregular combat before the finish came within the fourth following a chronic barrage of Diaz punches that had Ferguson reeling along the fence.
Ferguson made up our minds to charge in for a takedown and acquired Diaz to the mat, however Diaz wrapped his left arm below Ferguson’s throat within the arrangement and cinched within the submission strive along with his correct.
The victory by faucet became the 10th of Diaz’s occupation, giving him sole possession of fourth station in UFC historical previous, and the principle since he choked out Conor McGregor in 2016.
It became his first victory since 2019 after consecutive losses, and it became a fifth straight loss for Ferguson, who’s additionally no longer obtained since 2019 and suffered two KOs, two shutout choices and now a give up since.
“That s–t became fun,” stated Ferguson, whose left calf became bloodied after Diaz checked a leg kick and whose correct admire became gashed by a Diaz punch. A wonderful combat is what you wanted and what you bought.
“Four rounds of carnage.”
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Or no longer it’s an unpleasant lot cherish primitive-faculty wrestling.
Chimaev has succeeded within the previous as a hero. And Saturday evening, he thrived as a villain.
The Swedish-based totally mostly possibility missed weight by loads of pounds on Friday and became booed heavily by the T-Cell Area crowd on account of it. Nonetheless, he aloof handled his alternate in rapidly-fireplace vogue with a important-round submission of contemporary opponent Holland in only extra than two minutes within the co-important event.
“I am the most bad man here. I am coming for everybody,” Chimaev stated. “I am going to raze everybody.”
He no doubt looked the fragment against Holland, with whom he became all for a leisurely the curtain fracas that ended in the cancelation of a Thursday afternoon press convention.
The unbeaten supernova
charged across the cage and had Holland on the mat within five seconds and
never let him up, grinding him backward and forward across the mat before chasing a D’Arce
choke and in a roundabout way securing it to plan the give up at 2: 13.
“Attacking cherish that is honest sparkling the particular person doesn’t admire the leisure for you,” Cormier stated, “and that’s the rationale horrid. He took him down and made it gaze cherish he had no understanding what he became doing.”
Chimaev is ranked third within the UFC at 170 pounds and claimed he’d pursue every the welterweight and middleweight belts.
“I am going to obtain every belts,” he stated. “I am going to beat every guys and judge the titles encourage dwelling with me.”
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became in a imperfect, imperfect manner.
She became coming off a 2d round whereby she became taken down and battered for most of five straight minutes and chanced on herself flat on her encourage as soon as extra because the third round began against a momentum-fueled Macy Chiasson.
After which she
modified the combat. And perhaps the game.
Aldana drove a no longer easy heel kick into the correct facet of a standing Chiasson’s body, straight dropping her to her knees and rendering her unable to proceed as referee Jason Herzog and the broadcast team had been left in disturbed silence.
It became honest the third upkick stoppage in UFC historical previous and the principle to a sufferer’s body.
The finish formally came at 2: 21 of the third.
“She can admire modified the game,” Cormier stated. “We would possibly perhaps well gaze that as a formula now.”
Aldana had dominated the principle round with superior placing and in the case of bought a submission carry with an armbar, however Chiasson fleet recovered with the aforementioned domination within the 2d.
“We practice all kinds of arrangement, loopy and radiant,” Aldana stated. “It came up wide tonight.”
The combat became contested at a 140-pound catchweight after Chiasson had issues along with her weight lower. Aldana entered the day No. 4 at 135 pounds, whereas Chiasson became six spots on the encourage of at No. 10.
“It became a field to combat at that weight. She became very heavy,” Aldana stated.
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Welcome encourage to
the immense time, Johnny Walker.
The charismatic 6’6′ Brazilian became one of many UFC’s rising stars upon graduating from Dana White’s Contender Sequence and starting up his octagonal occupation with three straight first-round finishes.
Nonetheless all of it fizzled fleet, and with four losses in five subsequent fights—collectively with two first-round KOs and two wide choices—the one-time prospect had veered perilously shut to suspect.
And given the one-sided, grinding nature of the principle two minutes against Ion Cutelaba on Saturday, it wasn’t having a peek grand better.
Nonetheless Walker became in a situation to dawdle out and obtain to his feet by the halfway point of the principle round and fleet took Cutelaba down with a slam, then spent the subsequent two minutes chasing submissions before in the end locking within the rear-bare choke that ended things at 4: 37.
It became Walker’s 19th carry in 26 occupation fights as a legitimate, however honest his third submission carry and first since a guillotine choke carry in 2017. He’s obtained 15 times by KO.
“I am making improvements to,” he stated. “I are fervent to attain guys on the ground as one more of honest knocking them out.
“Or no longer it’s all about two phrases: dedication and consistency. With out dedication, you’re going to never launch, and without consistency, you’re going to never attain.”
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Having a guess the prelims is infrequently an true science.
The fighters in most cases admire lower profiles than their important-card contemporaries, that arrangement these of a speculative mindset must finish their homework to win.
Nonetheless the ability for income became there on Saturday evening.
Riding the underdog practice thru eight fights on early prelim/prelim playing cards became an very best challenge, thanks to 5 victories for B-facet fighters that yielded an total invent of $600.
Bets on all eight favorites would admire incurred a $780 loss.
Charismatic heavyweight Chris Barnett became the largest high-possibility, high-reward proposition, returning $415 on a $100 guess thanks to his stirring rally for a TKO against Jake Collier.
Joining him against the chalk had been strawweight Elise Reed, who went off at +145 for a scorecard defeat of Melissa Martinez; middleweight Denis Tiuliulin, who stopped Jamie Pickett in Round 2 as a +110 underdog; welterweight Yohan Lainesse, whose -105 billing became quite lower than the -115 billing of Darian Weeks before his spoil up-decision carry; and featherweight Julian Erosa, who became +175 before a scorecard defeat of Hakeem Dawodu.
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It would possibly perhaps well be a KO. It would possibly perhaps well be a submission.
Nonetheless one thing is definite about Jailton Almeida’s fights: They don’t closing prolonged.
The rising Brazilian megastar picked his 13th first-round attain in 17 legitimate wins, fleet taking down unhurried replace Anton Turkalj before battering him on the mat and cinching in a combat-ending choke after honest 4: 27 of the opening session.
The 31-year-primitive is 17-2 total and 3-0 within the UFC since a victory on Dana White’s Contender Sequence a year within the past. He’d debuted with the promotion as a gentle heavyweight however met Turkalj at a 220-pound catchweight and stated later on he deliberate to combat at heavyweight.
All 17 of his wins admire ended in two rounds or fewer with six KOs and 11 submissions. The rear-bare choke against a previously unbeaten Turkalj became his ninth carry by that manner.
He took Turkalj down within the principle 30 seconds and managed station throughout, switching between barrages of punches and pursuit of submissions. The finish came when a vulnerable Turkalj grew to become and blocked punches along with his fingers and fingers, leaving a gap for Almeida to sneak his correct arm around his foe’s throat and obtain a faucet within 10 seconds.
“He’s so patient and technical, and he’s such an thrilling contender in a expertise-rich division,” Rogan stated.
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Let’s face it, Chris Barnett doesn’t gaze the fragment.
He’s extra Michelin Man than muscle man and grew to become honest the 2d UFC heavyweight to fail to see weight when he scaled in at 267.5 pounds for a preliminary bout with Jake Collier.
Nonetheless it clearly became no longer about the Spaniard’s seems.
Barnett’s left admire became lower and swollen and his jaw regarded disfigured after a brutal first round, however he survived every the combat and a visit from the cage-facet physician to rally for a 2d-round attain of his Missouri-based totally mostly opponent to the pleasure of a aloof half-paunchy building.
“Me and dudes cherish Jake, that’s what we finish. That is why we’re on this,” Barnett stated. “We attain out here for you all and I treasure it. This suggests the sphere to me.”
Collier began the 2d round having a peek to proceed his barrage, however the momentum grew to become when Barnett stuffed a takedown strive and fleet scrambled to Collier’s encourage. He unloaded with a torrent of lefts and rights as Collier squirmed to live to verbalize the tale, however at closing had landed enough pictures without answer to power the hand of referee Mark Smith at 2: 24.
Barnett nicely-known the carry with a front flip that ended with him flat on his encourage, however giddy.
“I am a turtle shell,” Barnett stated. “You let me obtain your encourage and I am staying there.”
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On condition that in the case of every moment of two rounds had attain in stand-up positions, you’re going to admire understanding Danyelle Wolf, a multi-time newbie boxing champion, became faring nicely.
You would admire understanding tainted.
Though taller and longer than opponent Norma Dumont, the 39-year-primitive became on the fast finish of the placing battle across 10 minutes and in a roundabout way battered on the mat thru the closing five whereas dropping a wide decision by shutout ratings of 30-27, 30-27 and 20-26.
“She’s a nice boxer, however I am additionally a nice striker and I wanted to invent bound I introduced that out,” stated Dumont, who arrived to the featherweight bout because the UFC’s 15th-ranked bantamweight. “I am if reality be told proud that I struck honest as no longer easy as a high-stage boxer.”
Indeed, Wolf had obtained national ring titles in 2013, 2014 and 2015 however transitioned paunchy-time to blended martial arts after no longer getting a possibility to combat within the Olympics.
She debuted as a legitimate with a victory on Dana White’s Contender Sequence in 2020 and became on account of this reality awarded a contract, however became dropped twice in Round 2 against Dumont, collectively with the 2d time by a no longer easy correct hand that left her flat on her encourage.
Dumont bought things encourage to the ground early within the closing round and pummeled her throughout, leaving Wolf’s correct admire swollen and her nostril bloodied by the closing buzzer.
“I wanted to educate her one thing that is named jiu-jitsu,” Dumont stated.
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Nate Diaz def. Tony Ferguson by submission (guillotine choke), 2: 52, Round 4
Khamzat Chimaev def. Kevin Holland by submission (D’Arce choke), 2: 13, Round 1
Daniel Rodriguez def. Li Jingliang by spoil up decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Irene Aldana def. Macy Chiasson by KO (kick), 2: 21, Round 3
Johnny Walker def. Ion Cutelaba by submission (rear-bare choke), 4: 37, Round 1
Yohan Lainesse def. Darian Weeks by spoil up decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
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