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The UFC became reduction within the pay-per-peek industry on Saturday night.
So it’s no shock that the mixed martial arts huge trotted out its A-crew to call the photography.
Blow-by-blow man Jon Anik ran level on a 3-man crew for the ESPN+ broadcast that integrated stalwart Joe Rogan and mature champion Dominick Cruz, and Rogan became clearly intrigued by the hypothesis of working one of these mountainous exhibit within the crowd-free ambiance on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
“I have been telling other folks that here is love an acoustic concert in desire to seeing a mountainous rock band in a mountainous enviornment,” he acknowledged. “Or no longer it’s an wonderful skills, and we’re fortunate to be here.”
Or no longer it is a staunch wager viewers will seemingly be announcing the an identical ingredient within the aftermath.
The 11-bout exhibit featured a compelling discontinue to a heavyweight title trilogy, an look by the fighter being touted as the promotion’s newest celeb and a list 36th look by a revered frail.
The Bleacher Story fight sports actions crew became in its customary Saturday night command to file your entire goings-on, and we dangle produced one more entire list of winners and losers from the exhibit.
Rob a survey at our thoughts and survey how they line up with your dangle takeaways.
Loser: Fairytale Endings
As heavyweights race, it’s the UFC’s model of Ali-Frazier.
And honest as took place within the boxing ring, the man that won the basic match never won all all over again.
Light champ-champ Daniel Cormier hoped to tear into the retirement sunset with one more Octagon coronation ceremony, but as a replace he became on the undesirable losing discontinue of a unanimous nod to incumbent Stipe Miocic within the third and presumably last match of their head-to-head sequence.
“It sucks. Being on the losing discontinue of two mountainous fights in a trilogy, it is a extraordinarily unhappy command to be in,” Cormier acknowledged. “But I will take care of it as I even dangle within the past.”
Cormier won the basic fight by opening-round KO in 2018 earlier than losing the rematch by fourth-round TKO twelve months ago. It became the 14th trilogy fight in UFC historical past, with finest one-third of the finales being won by the an identical fighter who won the basic one.
And it’s presumed to be Cormier’s last fight, as he instructed in a while.
“I’m no longer inquisitive in regards to the relaxation but titles,” he acknowledged, “but I compose no longer take into consideration there’ll be these alternatives.”
As for Miocic, it became his sixth title-fight win at heavyweight, equaling Randy Couture’s list.
Miocic became battered lifeless within the basic round by Cormier, who landed a sturdy overhand staunch with 15 seconds last within the session. Miocic rallied with strikes and extended advantages in clinch time alongside the fence within the 2nd and third rounds, and he badly bother Cormier with a flurry lifeless within the 2nd. Cormier became also damaged by a sprint to his left be conscious within the third and became clearly compromised the relaxation of the scheme in which, announcing in a while that he couldn’t survey the relaxation from the be conscious.
Silent, the ex-champ rallied within the fourth and held a slim edge in valuable strikes, and the fight perceived to tighten because it entered the last round. Cormier did land intermittently in these five minutes, but Miocic all all over again controlled issues when they dangle been in shut and never allowed a long rally.
He won 49-46—or four rounds to 1—on two scorecards and 48-47 (3-2 in rounds) on the third.
Bleacher Story also had it 48-47 for the winner.
“[Cormier is] a hell of a fighter. I need him nothing however the wonderful,” Miocic acknowledged. “He’s an wonderful champion and a tricky dude. But he obtained that first takedown and I obtained staunch reduction up, and I mediate he knew he’d be in bother if he obtained me in that command all all over again.”
Winner: The Chito Veil
Marlon Vera became savoring the put up-fight moment.
He wrapped himself within the Ecuadorian flag. He pointed at a cynical broadcast crew. He shouted at any microphone he might procure. And given what he’d honest accomplished, no person might blame him.
The prohibitive underdog brought the UFC’s newest hype prepare to a screeching discontinuance, driving a seemingly injured Sean O’Malley to the mat and landing a series of strikes that triggered a TKO stoppage from referee Herb Dean at 4: 40 of the basic round.
“Doubt me now. Assert something now,” Vera acknowledged. “All americans has an notion. But that would not topic. I’m a tricky man. The dog I even dangle in me is bigger than all these guys.”
O’Malley landed so a lot of low kicks and had Vera reacting to feints within the early going, but he noticeably reacted after stepping ahead awkwardly and performing to roll over his staunch foot.
The sequence impacted his spin, and he straight away went to his reduction after a subsequent replace of staunch hands. Vera straight away pounced, landing a sturdy left hand and a apply-up left elbow with O’Malley on the ground, then flurrying with three extra pictures earlier than Dean intervened.
O’Malley stayed on his reduction for so a lot of moments, became standing on one foot when the decent consequence became be taught and then left the cage home on a stretcher.
O’Malley had entered as the No. 14 bantamweight contender and became a minus-300 current. It became his first loss after 12 skilled wins and three within the UFC.
“Vera is a dedicated skilled mixed martial artist. He’s focused and in truth skillful, and he survived some very refined moments in that first round,” Rogan acknowledged. “Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera is a bona fide bantamweight contender.”
Vera landed 18 strikes to O’Malley’s 10 earlier than the finishing sequence.
“I’m a motivated man,” Vera acknowledged. “I wake up every morning with a mission.”
Loser: Honoring the Mustache
Junior Dos Santos is a mature UFC heavyweight champion and a frail of five title fights, and he had spoken currently about making one more flee toward the head of the division at age 36.
And when he arrived to the cage with a newly grown mustache, he did look in a position to roll reduction the years.
But Jairzinho Rozenstruik wasn’t having it.
Coming off an inglorious 20-2nd loss to Francis Ngannou, the plump Suriname native sturdily held his ground through a aggressive first round against Dos Santos, then landed a looping staunch that triggered the last sequence of a TKO win at 3: 47 of the 2nd round.
“All it takes is one shot within the heavyweight division,” Cruz acknowledged.
The mountainous men dangle been matching hand strikes and kicks for the basic three minutes of the decisive round earlier than they traded left hands alongside the fence. Rozenstruik followed his preliminary shot with a staunch, alternatively, losing Dos Santos to his knees. Rozenstruik pounced with one more sequence of lefts and rights, and, as Dos Santos started to gather reduction to his feet, landed one more left that triggered the appearance of referee Dan Miragliotta.
In the aftermath, the winner credited a dedication to conditioning.
“I wished to fight as rapidly as seemingly as rapidly as I misplaced,” Rozenstruik acknowledged. “We honest obtained reduction at it. This became the consequence I became looking to procure. I needed to construct it straight. Any longer, I’m reduction within the gym. Which that probabilities are you’ll well also procure me there everytime you win to dangle. The mission is to collect the title.”
Winner: Preserving the Faith
Daniel Pineda’s left be conscious became hideously swollen, and blood trickled from a decrease as he spoke.
However the injury didn’t diminish his electrical smile.
The 35-year-mature from Texas returned to the Octagon for the basic time in bigger than six years and made the return a memorable one with a detrimental 2nd-round TKO of heavy current Herbert Burns in their scheduled three-rounder at bantamweight.
Factual 3-4 in a seven-fight flee within the UFC from 2012 to 2014, Pineda had toiled within the shadows across extra than one promotions earlier than getting the call for a brief-glimpse return honest two weeks ago.
He acknowledged he decrease bigger than 20 kilos in that stretch, and he perceived to be in greater form as he controlled the opening round with inserting. He became decrease by a knee from Burns in that round but continued to land worthy blows on his feet earlier than focusing on mat work within the 2nd.
He reversed a Burns takedown three minutes in, gained a half-mount and locked his foe into a crucifix command and battered him with elbows and fists from the wonderful side. Burns became unable to maneuver, and his incapacity to approach reduction fireplace triggered a rescue from referee Effect Smith at 4: 37.
“Coming in here an underdog love this, getting the chance after six years out. Wow,” Rogan acknowledged. “Or no longer it is a mountainous, mountainous night for him, and he did a gargantuan job closing it out.”
Pineda landed 173 total strikes to 35, alongside with a 57-10 edge in valuable strikes.
“Y’all preserve counting me out and making a wager against me,” he acknowledged. “Man, it feels staunch. I’m aging, but I’m recuperating.’
Loser: Eclipsing the Cowboy
Jim Miller became a deserved topic of dialog.
On the least, the 36-year-mature Original Jersey native made his 36th jog to the Octagon, breaking a tie with Donald Cerrone for basically the most appearances in UFC historical past.
But as impressed as Vinc Pichel might additionally dangle been alongside with his gentle-weight rival, he became in no mood to lengthen the event past the decent introductions. So the 37-year-mature went about matching his frail opponent in his comfort zone on the mat, grinding and grappling his scheme to a unanimous-resolution victory over three aggressive rounds.
“It feels wonderful. I’m gargantuan stoked. I worked gargantuan laborious for this,” Pichel acknowledged. “Jim Miller’s a tricky, tricky dude. But somewhat about a other folks slept on me. I’m no glide on the ground. I will grapple with somebody.”
Certainly, though Miller became aggressive and dominant on the ground within the opening round, Pichel rallied for bigger than three minutes of preserve watch over time within the 2nd frame and all all over again won that statistic—2: 10 to 1: 07—to clinch the decision across the last five minutes.
Pichel also landed 26 strikes to Miller’s seven within the third round, bettering to 13-2 total and 6-2 within the UFC. Miller is 32-15 total and 21-14 with one no-contest within the UFC.
“That is a tall win for Vinc Pichel. The most practical-profile win of his occupation,” Cruz acknowledged. “He looked gargantuan. He looked love he did on the Excellent Fighter but grand extra seasoned.”
Winner: Delayed Gratification
It took Colombian Warrior Danny Chavez 14 years to attain the UFC, and if the put up-fight smile plastered across the 33-year-mature’s face became indicative, it became price the wait.
A winner in a World Legion FC title fight honest four weeks ago, Chavez happily turned his shock octagonal probability into trigger for event, too, defeating TJ Brown in a scintillating three-rounder at featherweight.
“It took a decade-and-a-half for Danny Chavez to gather here,” Anik acknowledged, “but he looked love he belonged tonight.”
Certainly, Chavez earned the unanimous resolution from the judges thanks to quickness and precision alongside with his fists and a devastating array of leg kicks that left Brown’s left leg bruised and swollen and compelled the 30-year-mature into a southpaw stance to give protection to the injured limb.
Chavez controlled the basic round and dropped Brown with a straight staunch within the 2nd, offering enough of a cushion to stand as a lot as a Brown rally within the last five minutes.
“He looked love a frail who eventually obtained the chance,” Rogan acknowledged. “You honest saw an stunning means build. I became very impressed.”
Chavez landed 45 p.c of his valuable-strike makes an attempt and scored all four of the fight’s takedowns.
“I have been doing this for 14 years, and I have been watching for the moment I might additionally gather here,” he acknowledged. “I felt staunch and I felt in gargantuan form.”
Loser: The Strawweight Division
This honest in: Virna Jandiroba is a real badass.
The 32-year-mature Brazilian became a brief-glimpse loser in her UFC debut against ex-champ Carla Esparza 16 months ago and then bounced reduction with a 2nd-round win in her apply-up effort final December.
But that became minute one’s stuff when put next with Saturday night’s third look, which the jiu-jitsu ace accomplished in no longer as a lot as two minutes against 15th-ranked strawweight contender Felice Herrig.
And in doing so, she build the relaxation of the 115-pounders on glimpse.
“I never hid from somebody the real fact that I dangle to be a UFC champion,” Jandiroba acknowledged, moments after the submission compose at 1: 44 of Round 1. “I survey myself ranked. If the UFC needs to construct me in, I could be ready.”
She completely looked the section from the initiate against the outgunned Herrig, getting her to the ground after faking a staunch hand and diving in for a double-leg takedown.
From there, she gained a fleshy mount and started punishing Herrig with elbows, and then locked her up in an armbar that resulted in a tapout and an intervention from referee Marc Goddard.
It became the fourth-fastest submission within the division’s historical past.
“That is some wonderful approach from a extraordinarily, very risky 115-pound woman,” Cruz acknowledged.
Winner: Staying on the Aspect road
Chris Daukaus is surely accustomed to the UFC. On the least, his brother Kyle is an alumnus of Dana White‘s Contender Series and made his dangle octagonal debut in June.
Nonetheless, when the 30-year-mature Chris obtained the call that he’d be integrated on Saturday’s exhibit, he didn’t exactly greet the records with grizzled steadiness.
Basically, the Philadelphia police officer became getting back from a piece shift after heart of the night when his mobile phone rang, and he acknowledged his reaction virtually ended the dream earlier than it started.
“It became loopy. I became driving home,” Daukaus acknowledged. “I rattling approach crashed my automobile on I-95.”
The frail of 11 pro fights steeled himself in time for action against fellow UFC newbie Parker Porter, erasing the gargantuan heavyweight with a 3-punch combination followed by a devastating staunch knee with 32 seconds last within the basic round of a scheduled three.
Outweighed by bigger than 20 kilos (264.5 to 241), Daukaus shook off so a lot of early Porter strikes earlier than taking preserve watch over with sooner hands and further right counters—an system perfected within the gym.
“He confirmed his killer instinct,” Anik acknowledged. “Now he is within the mountainous exhibit and has a undoubtedly promising future.”
Daukaus dropped Porter with a staunch hand from in shut at 3: 30 of the round, and then landed one more staunch to initiate up the last sequence and left Porter senseless with the knee shot that triggered an intervention from referee Herb Dean.
“You technique to Philly with the wonderful boxers on this planet and every little thing is gargantuan clear, gargantuan tight and gargantuan technical,” Daukaus acknowledged. “I will cease tight and return with crisp, clear punches.
“You clearly sport-realizing for every opponent, so we seen that he became going to throw neutral a minute bit wild punches, mountainous overhand followed by a mountainous left, so we stayed tight, every little thing down the heart.”
UFC 252 Corpulent Card Results
Stipe Miocic def. Daniel Cormier by unanimous resolution (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)
Marlon Vera def. Sean O’Malley by TKO, 4: 40, Round 1
Jairzinho Rozenstruik def. Junior Dos Santos by TKO, 3: 47, Round 2
Daniel Pineda def. Herbert Burns by TKO, 4: 37, Round 2
Merab Dvalishvili def. John Dodson by unanimous resolution (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Vinc Pichel def. Jim Miller by unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Virna Jandiroba def. Felice Herrig by submission (armbar), 1: 44, Round 1
Danny Chavez def. TJ Brown by unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Livinha Souza def. Ashley Yoder by unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Chris Daukaus def. Parker Porter by TKO, 4: 28, Round 1
Kai Kamaka def. Tony Kelley by unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Fight of the Night
Kai Kamaka vs. Tony Kelley
Performances of the Night
Daniel Pineda, Virna Jandiroba