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Acquainted faces. Acquainted locations.
The UFC became support in Las Vegas for the 14th time this year and support within the T-Mobile Area for the main time since March to position on a 12-bout mask topped by a five-bout pay-per-look card.
UFC 276 became headlined by a pair of championship bouts matching middleweight kingpin Israel Adesanya in his fifth defense in opposition to No. 2 contender Jared Cannonier and featherweight titleholder Alexander Volkanovski participating within the company’s 15th trilogy in opposition to the person from whom he won the belt and defended it once, Max Holloway.
It became Adesanya’s sixth time headlining a UFC pay-per-look extravaganza since arriving to the promotion in 2018 and Volkanovski became making his seventh look on a pay-per-look card since he debuted within the Octagon in 2016.
ESPN and ABC shared coverage for the preliminary portions of the mask before turning issues over to ESPN+ for the PPV bouts. The trio of Jon Anik, Daniel Cormier and Joe Rogan worked the grunt desk from beginning to total whereas Megan Olivi handed the comfort of the room for breaking news and relish items.
The B/R fight sports activities team became in explain as well to approach support up with the definitive list of winners and losers from the three-tiered mask. Scroll by to seek what we came up with and fell free to descend a realizing or two of your have within the feedback fragment.
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Adesanya is the finest middleweight within the arena.
However whereas there became no associated advice that Cannonier
became deserving of one thing tiresome the unanimous resolution loss he became handed in
Saturday’s main match, it became equally apparent that the leisure price in
the champion’s most up-to-date look ended when the fight began.
Adesanya arrived at the Octagon after a lengthy, methodical
stroll whereby he paid homage to the WWE’s iconic “Undertaker” personality,
total with the wrestler’s familiar theme song and an urn etched with Cannonier’s
Cormier referred to it as the finest walkout he’d ever
considered and it became no query scrumptious to the wrestling company’s royalty within the
audience, including longtime company czar Vince McMahon.
Silent, when the 25 minutes of would-be fight ended, the
Adesanya became given margins of 49-46, 49-46 and 50-45 on the
three real scorecards—matching B/R’s four rounds to one scoring—but by no device doggedly
pursued the KO or submission he claimed before the fight that he’d stable.
did Cannonier procure the mayhem he’d promised, as a substitute seeming pronounce material to protect
on the open air, the assign he became consistently tagged with jabs, crosses and kicks.
He once quickly charged and created clinch instances but became
by no device ready to stable a takedown or land a major combination of punches.
“It became two gargantuan coaches and two gargantuan groups,” Adesanya acknowledged. “They’d a upright sport realizing. It became in fact laborious to earn my 2nd-level ways
going. They’d a upright realizing.”
Now that he’s 5-0 in opposition to the cease three contenders within the
division and also has a victory over No. 6, Adesanya became pointed in his
post-fight callout of Alex Pereira, who beat him twice as a real kickboxer—including
once by knockout.
Pereira KO’d the fourth-ranked middleweight, Sean Strickland,
elsewhere on the main card and came to cage-aspect for the main match.
“Subsequent time,” Adesanya acknowledged, “I attach you on skates.”
Cormier is truly intrigued by the prospect.
“Pereira has the power to position him out,” he acknowledged. “Now we relish
considered that. There would possibly be heaps of energy for that fight.”
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Their first consequence became beautiful. The 2nd became
And now that they’ve fought a third time, one aspect looks definite about Volkanovski and Holloway.
There would possibly seemingly furthermore now not can relish to mute be a fourth fight.
Volkanovski scored the most conclusive victory of their featherweight title trilogy in Saturday’s co-main match, busting up the challenger’s face and forever flustering him with tempo, accuracy and device on the device to a definite unanimous resolution in his fourth title defense.
All three judges scored it 50-45.
B/R agreed with their name, giving Volkanovski all five
“Volkanovski has by no device regarded higher,” Cormier acknowledged.
“This has in fact been a virtuoso efficiency. He’s correct
doing every little thing finest.”
The ranking pushed the champion’s document to 25-1 and became his 12th straight since arriving to the UFC in 2016. The dozen wins in a row is the 2nd-longest active inch within the company tiresome welterweight champ Kamaru Usman’s 15 straight since 2015.
He’d overwhelmed Holloway by unanimous resolution at UFC 245 in 2019 and by a atomize up resolution at UFC 251 seven months later. Five of six scorecards across the 2 fights yielded 3-2 margins in rounds.
This time, Holloway became left a bloody mess whereas falling to 19-7 within the UFC, even though he’s mute now not misplaced a non-title fight in nine years.
“Max Holloway is an absolute beast. That depth he brought, I needed it,” Volkanovski acknowledged. “I do know I’m the finest, I correct needed to remind myself.”
Top-of-the-line to such an extent, he acknowledged, that a transfer up the ladder to gentle-weight is liable to be subsequent.
“I wish to be busy,” he acknowledged. “I earn now not mediate this division can withhold me busy.”
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Strickland acknowledged the total upright issues.
The fourth-ranked middleweight contender derided comparatively
untested main-card foe Pereira as merely a kickboxer and insisted he’d
stroll straight to him without a scenario about firepower.
He did exactly as he promised. And it got him knocked out.
“You would possibly seemingly seemingly’t stand in entrance of that man,” Rogan acknowledged. “Of us
mediate they earn it, but this man does that to the finest kickboxers on earth. He’s
got that nuclear option. You would possibly seemingly seemingly furthermore’t manufacture that mistake.”
Though Strickland had spent half of a round employing his
approach of assorted, all it took became one sinister sequence. It arrived as he stepped
ahead, raised his left knee and dropped his upright hand, and chanced on himself on
the receiving cease of a lead left hook from the Brazilian that despatched him spinning
to the floor.
One subsequent Pereira shot, a stinging upright hand, landed before
Strickland got up and precipitated referee Jason Herzog to set apart him from additional
punishment at 2: 36 of the main round.
“I don’t care whatever he acknowledged. I don’t take dangle of one thing
personally,” Pereira acknowledged. “We had a solid approach.”
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Robbie Lawler became doing issues 40-year-olds earn now not earn. Particularly if they’re 40-year-broken-down outdated champions with out a in fact associated UFC victory in loads of years.
He became plodding ahead, busting up 33-year-broken-down foe Bryan Barberena’s face and consistently rattling him with thudding blows.
Looks that Barberena became in a position to some particular issues, too.
The Tennessee-essentially essentially based welterweight survived an preliminary five minutes below Lawler’s signature “Relentless” punishment then rebounded with some return fire of his have, sending the ex-champ backward with elbows and following with a decisive barrage of punches.
Within the crash, it became a upright hook that despatched Lawler reeling to the cage and a subsequent 10-punch combination that precipitated a wave-off by referee Designate Smith at 4: 47 of Round 2.
“He became done,” Cormier acknowledged. “He became completely done.”
It became Barberena’s third straight ranking and ninth in 15 UFC fights.
“It is every little thing I dreamed of and more,” he acknowledged. “He’s an absolute yarn. It is an absolute honor to be in right here and fight
with him. I didn’t wish to destroy an excessive amount of energy. I knew he became gargantuan
durable, but I also realizing, ‘I will not let up, that is my chance.'”
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Upon the arrivals of Sean O’Malley and Pedro Munhoz to the Octagon within the gap fight of the pay-per-look card, fans at the T-Mobile Area sat support and waited for fireworks.
However aside from unfettered violence to replicate pre-fight verbal enmity, the opponents as a substitute engaged in a prolonged alternate of tactical feinting before a surprising 2nd-round ending.
Plot back became, it wasn’t a dramatic KO or a gorgeous submission.
Rather, an incidental stamp creep from the ring finger on O’Malley’s left hand into Munhoz’s upright stamp before every little thing assign led to a delay after which to a earn when Herzog and a cage-aspect physician definite that Munhoz became unable to continue.
The true time became 3: 09 of the 2nd round.
The consequence announced by Bruce Buffer: a comprehensively unsatisfying no-resolution.
It became the main real washout in 17 fights for O’Malley, who became facing the main ranked fighter of his profession. Munhoz arrived ranked ninth at bantamweight to O’Malley’s 13th.
“Neatly, that is now not exactly the device you have to open a pay-per-look, that is for definite,” Cormier acknowledged.
“I earn now not mediate any individual right here, no matter who you had been rooting for or making a bet on, would possibly seemingly seemingly be jubilant about this.”
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It became the jiu-jitsu transfer that launched a thousand grimaces.
From the moment Julija Stoliarenko got putting specialist Jessica-Rose Clark to the mat and zeroed in on her left arm, it became a matter of time before the submission came.
For the document, it became 42 seconds. And if repeated video replays are indicative, there could be a valid upright chance that a broken arm or a badly dislocated elbow became the price.
Clark’s prompt tap-out gave the Lithuanian bantamweight her first UFC ranking after three losses and allowed her to rating as the early mask’s ultimate underdog, cashing in as a +140 proposition (bet $100 to ranking $140) on the DraftKings pre-fight moneyline.
Maycee Barber (-315, over Jessica Gaze) and Andre Muniz (-340, over Uriah Hall) followed Stoliarenko with early prelim wins from the favourite situation, as did Dricus Du Plessis (-165, over Brad Tavares), Ian Garry (-190, over Gabe Inexperienced), Jim Miller (-190, over Donald Cerrone) and Jalin Turner (-140, over Brad Riddell) by the cease of the prelim card.
Bets on all seven favorites before the main card would relish yielded a $435 revenue whereas wagers on every of the seven underdogs would relish incurred a $460 loss.
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For a moment as a minimum, Miller became younger and at the cease of his sport.
Facing off with Cerrone within the rematch of a 2014 scrap, the Current Jersey tough man took ultimate thing a pair of “Cowboy” drag after a head kick and went upright for the throat.
The 38-year-broken-down straight away seized the revenue with a guillotine that every and every attacked Cerrone’s neck and left his arms immobile and unable to flee. Primarily, all Cerrone would possibly seemingly furthermore earn to level his give up became wriggle his fingers all by Smith to total it.
The cease came at 1: 32 of the 2nd round and it soon grew to turn out to be a more monumental moment when Cerrone, who’d entered even with Miller at 23 UFC wins apiece, dropped his gloves within the center of the cage to signal his retirement after 16-plus years as a real.
“I earn now not take care of it anymore,” he acknowledged. “It is laborious for me now. I scurry to be a well-known person, toddler. It is some distance time to bow out but I had one hell of a profession.”
Indeed, Cerrone exits with 38 UFC fights, including a KO ranking over Miller of their preliminary fight in Atlantic City, but hadn’t scored a victory since outpointing Al Iaquinta in Would possibly per chance per chance merely 2019.
As for Miller, he’s now the sole UFC document-holder with 24 wins in 40 fights and he’s won three straight by earn since shedding on the scorecards in opposition to Joe Solecki 15 months within the past.
“It feels gargantuan, but it surely’s laborious to coach that. We’re gonna miss (Cerrone),” Miller acknowledged.
“I knew that this fight would be particular and I would possibly seemingly furthermore earn that guillotine in my sleep. I felt that it became there and I went for it.”
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With the total consideration that is followed Barber by what relish now been eight fights within the UFC, it be laborious to compute that she’s barely a month past her 24th birthday.
Nicknamed the “Future,” the ambitious flyweight took any other step in direction of what she insists will seemingly be a belted ending—beating outdated title challenger Gaze by unanimous resolution.
Two scorecards gave her 29-28 margins and a third noticed it 30-27.
B/R agreed with the dissenter and gave Barber all three rounds.
Gaze took off her gloves within the aftermath and announced her retirement after 12 real years, making it two veterans (along with Cerrone) exiting within the main six fights.
“I mediate it be time,” she acknowledged.
“I’ve won within the Octagon. I’ve misplaced within the Octagon. I’ve spent my 20s and most of my 30s doing this and now I wish to seek what the comfort of the arena looks to be adore.”
It became Barber’s third straight ranking and sixth in eight fights since graduating from Dana White’s Contender Sequence in 2018. She won her first three, misplaced two in a row and suffered a major knee injure and has since defeated Miranda Maverick, Montana De La Rosa and Gaze.
“The final time I fought right here I got conducted of the Octagon,” she acknowledged, “so that you simply would possibly earn a ranking feels unheard of. I’m 24 years broken-down and I’m literally mute a child in this sport. I scurry to creep the title and turn out to be the flyweight champion.”
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Israel Adesanya def. Jared Cannonier by unanimous resolution (49-46, 49-46, 50-45)
Alexander Volkanovski def. Max Holloway by unanimous resolution (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
Alex Pereira def. Sean Strickland by KO (punches), 2: 36, Round 1
Bryan Barberena def. Robbie Lawler by TKO (punches), 4: 47, Round 2
Pedro Munhoz and Sean O’Malley fought to no resolution (physician stoppage), 3: 09, Round 2
Jalin Turner def. Brad Riddell by submission (guillotine choke), 0: 45, Round 1
Jim Miller def. Donald Cerrone by submission (guillotine choke), 1: 32, Round 2
Ian Garry def. Gabe Inexperienced by unanimous resolution (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Dricus Du Plessis def. Brad Tavares by unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Early Preliminary Card
Andre Muniz def. Uriah Hall by unanimous resolution (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Maycee Barber def. Jessica Gaze by unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Julija Stoliarenko def. Jessica-Rose Clark by submission (armbar), 0: 42, Round 1
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