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411’s UFC 274 Report: Oliveira Submits Gaethje

May 8, 2022 | Posted by Robert Winfree
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MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Charles Oliveira (155.5)* vs. #1 Justin Gaethje (155 lbs.)
(c) Rose Namajunas (115 lbs.) vs. #2 Carla Esparza (115 lbs.)
#5 Michael Chandler (156 lbs.) vs. #7 Tony Ferguson (155.5 lbs.)
Mauricio Rua (205.5 lbs.) vs. Ovince Saint Preux (205 lbs.)
Randy Brown (170.5 lbs.) vs. Khaos Williams (170 lbs.)
Donald Cerrone (155.5 lbs.) vs. Joe Lauzon (155.5 lbs.)

Danny Roberts (170.5 lbs.) vs. Francisco Trinaldo (170.5 lbs.)
Macy Chiasson (145.5 lbs.) vs. Norma Dumont (146.5 lbs.)*
#6 Brandon Royval (125.5 lbs.) vs. #9 Matt Schnell (125.5 lbs.)
#15 Blagoy Ivanov (253.5 lbs.) vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima (258.5 lbs.)

Andre Fialho (170.5 lbs.) vs. Cameron VanCamp (170 lbs.)
Tracy Cortez (125.5 lbs.) vs. Melissa Gatto (125 lbs.)
Kleydson Rodrigues (125.5 lbs.) vs. CJ Vergara (126 lbs.)
Ariane Carnelossi (115.5 lbs.) vs. Loopy Godinez (115 lbs.)
Fernie Garcia (135.5 lbs.) vs. Journey Newson (135.5 lbs.)

Hello everyone and welcome to 411mania’s LIVE coverage of UFC 274, I’m Robert Winfree and I’ll be your host for the duration. Tonight the UFC is back on PPV but the main event hit a hiccup yesterday at the weigh ins. UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira missed weight by half a pound and once the main event begins will no longer be the champion, if Justin Gaethje is able to beat Oliveira tonight then Gaethje will become the champion but should Oliveira win the belt will be remain vacant. It’s definitely less than ideal circumstances, but the fight itself is still the right kinds of crazy. The co-main event is a rematch some 7 years in the making, back in 2014 Carla Esparza defeated Rose Namajunas for the inaugural UFC strawweight title and now Namajunas is on her second reign going for her second title defense against a surprisingly resurgent Esparza. There’s also a lightweight fight between Michael Chandler and Tony Ferguson, this might be the last stand for Ferguson as a truly elite lightweight while Chandler is trying to get another crack at the belt. The other main card fights are nostalgia bait when Mauricio “Shogun” Rua rematches Ovince Saint Preux and two old veterans go to battle when Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone takes on Joe Lauzon. Further down the card it’s a lot more hoping for good action, but Brandon Royval vs. Matt Schnell has some potential, and Danny Roberts vs. Francisco Trinaldo is poised to overdeliver. Beyond that we’re hoping the very early prelims are better in practice than they are on paper.

UFC 274 comes to the world from the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. We’ve got Jon Anik, Joe Rogan, and Daniel Cormier on commentary. As for the rules, we’re under the newer set so you need both hands on the mat to be downed. There is the limited use of instant replay so it only applies to fight ending sequences. Also we’re in the 30 foot cage instead of the 25 footer that’s that the Apex.

Journey Newson has yet to notch an official win in the UFC, going 0-2 with 1 No Contest during his time in the promotion. Newson is in pretty dire straights here as a fourth failure to win probably ends his time in the UFC. Fernie Garcia brings a five fight winning streak into his UFC debut and now looks to capitalize on his lone chance to make a good first impression. The newcomer Garcia is the -130 favorite to +110 on Newson.

Bantamweight Bout: Fernie Garcia (10-1, 135.5 lbs.) vs. Journey Newson (9-3 1 NC, 135.5 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Garcia is two inches taller while Newson has half an inch of reach advantage. They touch gloves to get us going. Both men probe with kicks early as they circle. Newson lands a side kick to the face. Our first “woos” occur before the minute mark into the first round. More kicks from Newson miss, then Garcia cracks him with a couple of hooks in close. Garcia keeps stalking forward, but he’s not really cutting Newson off. Bit of a right from Garcia. Newson hits a double leg and gets on top, Garcia wall walks immediately. They fight in the clinch briefly before Garcia spins free. Newson lands a calf kick. Garcia lands a right hand. Stiff jab from Garcia, Newson seems to have settled down a bit. Body kick from Newson. Garcia lands a calf kick of his own, then avoids a shifting left hand. A right from Garcia lands in close. Newson side kicks the body. Garcia lands a right hand. Newson lands another calf kick. They clinch up and end the round there.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Garcia but a close one

ROUND TWO: Newson lands a combination of punches, Garcia backs him off with a counter right. A right from Newson lands. Newson lands a left hook then a calf kick. Garcia lands a calf kick then a follow up right hand. Bit of a slow motion wheel kick from Newson. Newson lands a right hand then a left hook that wobbles Garcia, but Garcia recovers quickly. Calf kick from Newson. Newson lands a side kick to the body. Calf kick from Newson lands. Garcia avoids a right hand and lands a hard right of his own. Bit of a left from Garcia. Garcia avoids a few kicks but he’s still struggling to find meaningful offense this round. Newson lands a calf kick, Garcia lands a right then a leg kick of his own. Garcia lands a body kick. Newson lands a couple of kicks while circling. Side kick to the body from Newson will basically end the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Newson, 19-19 overall

ROUND THREE: Newson resumes working long range kicks. They trade calf kicks then Newson hits a double leg. Garcia looks to wall walk, he gives up his back and Newson jumps on it with one hook in and lands punches. Garcia wall walks and they separate. Newson avoids a right hand. Bit of a right from Newson. Garcia lands a leg kick. Newson lands a body kick. Garcia blocks a few kicks then lands a calf kick. The cage work is a real problem for Garcia, he’s letting Newson circle freely and he’s missing punches because of Newson’s ability to relocate. Newson lands a right hand. Another side kick to the body from Newson. Newson lands a calf kick. Stiff right from Newson stuns Garcia for a second. More calf kicks from Newson then he lands a wheel kick. Garcia blocks a right hand to end the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Newson, 29-28 Newson overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Journey Newson via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)

Solid performance from Newson, who gets an interview. He says the kicking game was used to counter the boxing heavy approach of Garcia, and he doesn’t just want to be a wrestler. He puts over his coaches and training partners to close.

Unfortunate news, but the fight between Donald Cerrone and Joe Lauzon is off due to a Cerrone illness that’s non-COVID related and from the description sounds like food poisoning. Well that sucks, hopefully Cerrone recovers quickly. Now Randy Brown and Khaos Williams will open the PPV.

Ariane Carnelossi has gone 2-1 in the UFC and is on a two fight winning streak, if she can extend that streak to three here it could earn her a shot at a slightly more recognizable name next time out. Lupita Godinez has traded wins and losses while going 2-2 in the UFC, but she’s coming off of a win and could get her first UFC winning streak up and running tonight. Godinez is the -170 favorite while the +150 payout on Carnelossi is a tempting value bet.

Strawweight Bout: Ariane Carnelossi (14-2, 115.5 lbs.) vs. Loopy Godinez (7-2, 115 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: These two are the same height while Carnelossi has half an inch of reach advantage. They tie up quickly and Godinez lands a knee before they get free. Carnelossi is pressuring forward and looking to throw punches in the pocket. Again they get close and Godinez hits a foot sweep and gets on top. Carnelossi scrambles up but Godinez uses a front headlock to force her back down into half guard. Again Carnelossi looks to scramble back up but Godinez gets the ride position. Carnelossi keeps trying to come up on a single leg while Godinez uses a neck crank for some control. Godinez lands a few punches, she’s moving to the ride position more fully now. Some knees to the leg from Godinez as Carnelossi tries to wall walk. Carnelossi gets upright but a modified full nelson from Godinez lets her keep control and force a mat return. Again Carnelossi is up but Godinez is on her back and drags her back down and Carnelossi grabs half guard. Godinez threatens an arm triangle choke but there’s not a whole lot there. Punches from Godinez as she looks to pass but can’t quite get around the half guard. More punches and short elbows from Godinez. Some body shots are mixed in by Godinez as she keeps working from the top while the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Godinez

ROUND TWO: Godinez hurts Carnelossi with a punch hits a double leg to land in side control and lands elbows. Carnelossi tries to move to her knees, Godinez just rides her and keeps pouring on abuse. Knees to the body from Godinez as she moves to the ride position then looks for back mount. Both hooks in for Godinez and she starts looking for the choke. Carnelossi tries to explode into Godinez but Godinez reads it and gets on top in half guard. More elbows from Godinez then a few punches as she’s trying to attack a kimura. Godinez can’t quite get the double wrist lock as Carnelossi is defending her arm. Carnelossi moves to her knees but Godinez keeps riding her and landing blows. Godinez tries for an arm triangle as Carnelossi was rolling, she’s got the position locked up but Carnelossi is using her legs to keep Godinez from passing and really tightening things down. Godinez bails on the choke and lands punches and elbows as she moves to a front headlock position. The round ends as they fight up and break.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Godinez, borderline 10-8, 20-18 Godinez overall

ROUND THREE: Carnelossi starts coming forward, misses a right hand and Godinez hits a double leg into side control. Godinez moves to the ride position as Carnelossi rolls to her knees. Punches from Godinez as she’s riding Carnelossi. Carnelossi crawls towards the fence but she’s taking punches along the way. Carnelossi tries to invert for a leg attack but Godinez rolls with her and lands punches while retaining the ride position. Godinez keeps landing punches as Carnelossi sits against the fence and tries to set up a wall walk. More punches to the body and head from Godinez as Carnelossi wall walks. They clinch up and Godinez lands knees to the body and head then hits an elevated slam and gets back on top. Godinez lands body to head punches while working to pass a knee shield. Elbows from Godinez as she’s in half guard. Carnelossi keeps trying to work up to a hip but Godinez is riding and bludgeoning her with elbows. Godinez moves to a front headlock position, then lands punches as Carnelossi stands. A combination from Godinez lands, then she hits another double leg and spends the last couple of seconds punching Carnelossi from top position.

SCORECARD: 10-8 Godinez, 30-26 Godinez overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Lupita Godinez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26 x2)

Big performance from Godinez there, and she gets an interview as well. First she puts over her team and she’s just very happy for the opportunity and would be willing to fight next weekend if necessary. She talks about some of her preparation and feels she’s finally showing the results of that work. She calls herself the best in the world, people just don’t know it yet.

Kleydson Rodrigues has a six fight winning streak going and will be looking to extend that here while getting his first UFC win. CJ Vergara had a five fight winning streak snapped in his UFC debut last year, now he’s back in action and trying to get that critical first UFC win under his belt. Rodrigues is a rather heavy -350 favorite to +270 for Vergara.

Flyweight Bout: Kleydson Rodrigues (7-1, 125.5 lbs.) vs. CJ Vergara (9-3-1, 126 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Vergara has an inch of height and reach advantage. They touch gloves to get us going. Both men land lefts. Vergara is pushing forward, Rodrigues lands a couple of kicks while circling. Body kick from Vergara. Vergara lands a calf kick. Rodrigues misses a jumping knee. More leg kicks from Vergara, then Rodrigues lands a calf kick of his own. Rodrigues lands a glancing right hand. Vergara lands a left to the body. Rodrigues lands a punch then gets a takedown into full guard. Vergara wall walks but they’re still clinched. Some knees from Rodrigues then they trade and break. Body kick from Rodrigues then a calf kick. Vergara lands a left hook. Rodrigues misses a few strikes, he’s not quite got a read on the distance yet. Bit of a left from Vergara. Rodrigues lands a right hand. Bit of a combination from Rodrigues. Vergara is still coming forward and they trade lefts. Both men land body shots. Rodrigues lands a calf kick. Right hand and a left hook from Rodrigues land flush, Vergara just eats them and keeps coming forward. Vergara lands a jab. Bit of a body kick from Rodrigues closes the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Rodrigues

ROUND TWO: Vergara gets back on the forward pressure right away and lands a calf kick. Rodrigues tries a double leg but Vergara counters and gets on top in full mount then lands punches. A body kick from Vergara might have hurt Rodrigues that led to his poor takedown. They scramble on the mat and Rodrigues gets full guard. Vergara is squashing Rodrigues into the fence and looks to posture up. Some short elbows from Vergara land. More elbows from Vergara land. Rodrigues is really struggling to set up a wall walk, he’s content to try and use his guard and Vergara is landing blows consistently. Vergara lands some body shots then an elbow to the head. Vergara postures up and lands some right hands. Now Vergara elbows the body, and passes to full mount. Vergara unloads with punches, gets the back with both hooks in but Rodrigues uses his legs from turtle to explode up and get on top for a moment. They fight up to the feet and Rodrigues lands a spinning back fist. Vergara lands a calf kick. Rodrigues misses a spinning attack and eats a body shot to end the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Vergara, 19-19 overall

ROUND THREE: They touch gloves for the last round. Vergara starts pressuring forward again. Rodrigues definitely looks more fatigued of the two. Vergara avoids a combination and lands a couple of jabs. Knee to the body from Vergara then a partially blocked high kick. Rodrigues lands a right hand in close. Vergara lands an uppercut and a left hand behind it. Knee from Vergara pushes Rodrigues over, then he gets on top. Rodrigues uses a leg attack to force an awkward position, Rodrigues is on the back but has no hooks. There’s technically a bit of a calf slicer for Rodrigues if he wants it but he’s more worried about control. Vergara sits up and spins to get on top in side control. Vergara moves to full mount but he’s too quick doing so and Rodrigues counters to get on top in full guard. After a bit Vergara kicks free and stands but Rodrigues grabs a clinch and rides him back down. They scramble and Vergara lands a right hand as they reset. Both men land punches. Vergara lands a left to the body, Rodrigues didn’t like that. Rodrigues tries a takedown, Vergara defends and they wind up clinched then break after a knee from Vergara. Rodrigues lands a left hook then a body kick. They tie up and Rodrigues gets the back clinching as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Rodrigues, 29-28 Rodrigues overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – CJ Vergara via split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)

Hm, interesting scorecards as I’m not sure either the first or third were all that close but I’m not dying on that hill. Mic time for Vergara, he dedicates the win to a friend who passed and gives love to his son who’s in the crowd. This wasn’t the fight he wanted and puts over Rodrigues as a tough opponent. He wanted to use pressure and create chaos in the fight.

Tracy Cortez is on a nine fight winning streak that includes three wins in the UFC, if she can get another win here she’ll take a step towards ranked opposition in the relatively shallow flyweight division. Melissa Gatto is undefeated including two wins in the UFC, and just like her opponent she’s trying to make the difficult transition from prospect to contender. The odds lean towards Cortez at -140 to a +120 comeback for Gatto.

Women’s Flyweight Bout: Tracy Cortez (9-1, 125.5 lbs.) vs. Melissa Gatto (8-0-2, 125 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: These two are the same height but Gatto has three and a half inches of reach advantage. They touch gloves to get things going. Both women with some feinting early. Cortez lands a calf kick. Another calf kick from Cortez. Bit of a right from Gatto, then Cortez hits a double leg into full guard. Gatto attacks an armbar right away, Cortez defends but Gatto is being active with her guard. Cortez avoids another armbar attack but can’t get around the guard of Gatto. Cortez stands free and makes Gatto regain her feet. Bit of a right from Cortez. Gatto misses a few punches then eats a calf kick. They tie up and hit the fence, Gatto has the back standing and drags Cortez down then gets the back with both hooks in. Cortez looks to roll over and get on top, she does and Gatto gets full guard. Gatto is working her guard up again, she keeps attacking the armbar and Cortez seems to be prepared to defend that. Cortez lands a right hand. A few punches from Cortez land. Gatto attacks the arm again and Cortez has to stand free. They stand, clinch up, and the round ends in the clinch.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Cortez

ROUND TWO: They touch gloves again. Gatto lands a right hand. Bit of a leg kick from Cortez. Gatto lands some jabs and a right hand then tries a takedown that stalls out on the fence. Cortez lands a knee to the body and they break. Gatto gets back to pushing forward. Combination from Gatto lands. They trade lefts then Gatto lands a right. Gatto lands a body kick then a long right hand. Double leg from Gatto connects, Cortez sets up a wall walk right away and Gatto drags her back down and takes the back with one hook in. Gatto gets the second hook in and looks to flatten Cortez out. Punches from Gatto and she’s looking to open up a choke attempt. Cortez is hand fighting well thus far, but Gatto grabs an armbar from the back and looks to finish. Gatto extends the arm but Cortez is able to sneak her arm far enough through to get save and get on top. Cortez tries to pressure through the guard of Gatto but can’t pass. Gatto and Cortez trade punches on the mat, then Gatto tries another armbar but wont find it before the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Gatto, 19-19 overall

ROUND THREE: Bit of a right from Gatto, Cortez tries a takedown but Gatto avoids it. Both women land punches. Gatto is pressing the action at the moment. Another right from Gatto, then Cortez hits a double leg into full guard. Gatto cannot afford to spend a ton of time here. Cortez passes to half guard, she’s looking for mount but has to settle for north-south. Gatto rolls to her knees, then into full guard as she attacks an arm but wont finish the hold. Cortez lands a hammer fist. Gatto fights to her knees, she tries to roll through but Cortez smothers her. Now Gatto rolls for a knee bar, they wind up in 50/50 guard and Gatto tries for a heel hook then comes up on top. Cortez quickly fights to her feet and Gatto drags her down from the back. Gatto is after an arm triangle as they move to the side but she can’t keep the grip and Cortez gets on top in full mount. Cortez lands punches as Gatto hip escapes to half guard but Cortez is attacking an arm triangle choke. Now Cortez moves to side control but Gatto isn’t flat on her back and Cortez bails on the choke as Gatto gets full guard. Cortez just rides out the final seconds on top.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Cortez, 29-28 Cortez overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Tracy Cortez via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

Solid wrestling and scrambling from Cortez there. Cortez gets an interview, she plays with the crowd then says she worked hard every day to perform in front of her home town. She does the usual inspirational speech to close.

Andre Fialho has gone 1-1 in the UFC but he stopped Miguel Baeza in his last fight and now looks to build his first UFC winning streak and continue moving up the welterweight ranks. Cameron VanCamp is on a four fight winning streak coming into his UFC debut, if he’s able to slow down the building hype around Fialho it’ll be a great introduction to the UFC audience. Fialho is a large favorite at -425 to +320 for VanCamp.

Welterweight Bout: Andre Fialho (15-4, 170.5 lbs.) vs. Cameron VanCamp (15-5-1, 170 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: VanCamp is two inches taller but the reach is identical. Fialho stalks forward early and gets VanCamp to the fence quickly. Bit of a right from Fialho. Fialho lands a calf kick. Bit of a jab from VanCamp. VanCamp shows some kicks then misses a left hook. Fialho lands a right hand. They trade calf kicks. VanCamp is starting to show some stance switches. Fialho misses a left hook and VanCamp cracks him with a counter right, but when VanCamp tries to pressure and capitalize Fialho backs him off with a hard right hand. Fialho starts working his jab and they trade some calf kicks. Stiff jab from VanCamp, then Fialho floors him with a left hook when VanCamp tried an uppercut and we’re done here.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Andre Fialho via KO, punches, at 2:35 of Round 1

The First Round Finish Club thanks Mr. Fialho for his work this evening. Mic time for Fialho, he says he wasn’t focused early and got tagged a little because of it then thanks the UFC brass before saying he’d like to fight in Singapore when the UFC goes there later this year. This man just wants to fight all the time. He talks us through the finish then thanks some people in Portuguese.

Here’s a look at the finish. VanCamp tries a left hook right uppercut combination, but he doesn’t set it up or move his head and if you just kind of swing an uppercut in like this the counter hook on the same side is wide open every time. Fialho has a good left hook to begin with and here he times it well into a wide open punching lane.

Well that’s it for early prelims, though the rest of the prelims can still be found on ESPN+ as there’s something on ESPN running long they’ll also be on ESPN News until that wraps up.

Blagoy Ivanov has gone 2-3 in the UFC and is on a two fight losing streak, granted both were split decisions but he still needs a win rather badly to avoid the dreaded three fight skid. Marcos Rogerio de Lima is on a two fight winning streak and if he can get to three in a row here he could easily take Ivanov’s top fifteen ranking. Ivanov is your -140 favorite to +120 for de Lima.

Heavyweight Bout: #15 Blagoy Ivanov (18-4 1 NC, 253.5 lbs.) vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima (19-7-1, 258.5 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: De Lima has two inches of height and reach over Ivanov. Southpaw for Ivanov, and they start circling. De Lima has a high kick blocked. De Lima keeps firing kicks but he’s missing a lot of them. An inside leg kick from de Lima hits the groin so we’ve got a time out. Ivanov takes a shade under 30 seconds then we’re back to fighting. De Lima avoids a few punches then lands an inside leg kick. Both men swing wide punches in close but neither finds the target. De Lima lands a right hand. Ivanov avoids a left hook. De Lima with some punches to the body, then a bit of a left hook to the head. Ivanov tries a single leg, de Lima defends. Bit of a right hook from Ivanov. Ivanov lands a left in close. A lot of pressure from Ivanov now, he lands a left to the body. De Lima seems to be slowing a bit, Ivanov catches a kick and then forces a clinch on the fence. Both men land some blows in the clinch then separate. Inside leg kick from de Lima. Ivanov lands a left to the body, then they trade punches at the bell.

SCORECARD: 10-9 de Lima but a close one

ROUND TWO: Ivanov is still circling for this round. They trade punches. Ivanov punches into a clinch and they hit the fence. They jockey for position then separate without incident. De Lima lands a left to the body. Bit of a combination from de Lima, Ivanov doesn’t seem to care though. Ivanov tries a single leg then comes up and lands a left hand that gets de Lima backing up and they clinch again. Another single leg attempt from Ivanov but he can’t finish it. De Lima tries a trip and they just wind up breaking apart. Bit of a combination from de Lima but he’s fading under the pressure. Ivanov lands a couple of one two combinations. Body shot from Ivanov, de Lima lands a left hook but he’s not moving off of the fence and Ivanov is methodically chipping away at him. Ivanov lands a couple of punches and clinches again. Both men land some body work as they fight for position. Uppercuts are traded then they break. Ivanov starts coming forward again, de Lima lands a right hand. One two from Ivanov. Ivanov lands a left hand. Bit of a jab from de Lima but Ivanov forces another clinch. Ivanov with some dirty boxing in the clinch then they break. They’ll just stare away the final seconds.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Ivanov, 19-19 overall

ROUND THREE: Ivanov again pressures forward, this time he lands a left to the body. Some jabs from de Lima but he’s struggling to get away from Ivanov. They trade rights, then de Lima tries a double leg that stalls out on the fence. De Lima is cut from that last exchange. Ivanov fights for a front headlock, he’s using the guillotine threat to stifle de Lima’s threat. Things have stalled out enough and the ref breaks them apart. Ivanov gets right back to landing punches and pushing forward. De Lima finds himself on the fence again, takes some punches then clinches up. Ivanov spins de Lima into the fence, that cut on de Lima is under the right eye. A few punches land for Ivanov. Ivanov lands a left as they break. De Lima lands a couple of body shots. More pressure from Ivanov, de Lima lands a right hand and Ivanov does not care. Bit of a left from Ivanov. Ivanov punches into a clinch and lands some blows in close. They break without incident. Bit of a left from Ivanov. De Lima lands a body kick. Ivanov is forcing his way forward, de Lima hits a double leg against the fence and ends the round on top.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Ivanov, 29-28 Ivanov overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Blagoy Ivanov via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

I don’t know who thought that was a good fight to make, but that was not a very good fight. No interview for Ivanov.

Brandon Royval has gone 3-2 in the UFC and is coming off of a win, he’s trying to build another winning streak as well as leverage his win over Kai Kara-France to move up the flyweight ranks. Matt Schnell has been bouncing between flyweight and bantamweight during his time in the UFC, but at flyweight he last defeated Tyson Nam and is trying to continue his climb up the ranks with a win over another ranked opponent. Royval is your favorite at -260 to a +210 payout on Schnell.

Flyweight Bout: #6 Brandon Royval (13-6, 125.5 lbs.) vs. #9 Matt Schnell (15-5 1 NC, 125.5 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Schnell has two inches of reach advantage. They touch gloves to get us going. Both men start swinging early, Royval is fighting southpaw. They both land in close. Royval is trying to kick and keep things long. Body kick from Royval. Schnell keeps coming forward and looking to engage. Bit of a right from Schnell. Schenell lands a left. Royval lands a spinning attack but Schnell drops him with a right hand. Schnell gets on top, Royval tries to get a leg lock working but Schnell defends and keeps on top in full guard. Royval is looking for an omoplata, then he switches to a leg attack but Schnell grabs a front headlock and attacks an anaconda choke but loses the grip. Now Royval jumps on a guillotine and Schnell taps out.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Brandon Royval via Submission, guillotine choke, at 2:14 of Round 1

The First Round Finish Club thanks Mr. Royval for his work this evening. Mic time for Royval after that, he calls himself the most exciting flyweight then plays with the crowd. He talks us through the finish and puts over his coaches then says he would have beaten Brandon Moreno when they fought if his shoulder hadn’t popped out and says he wants the next title shot. He’ll probably need one more win but he’s not far away from the title picture.

Here’s the finish, this is a really nice guillotine choke. You can see how deep the arm gets around the neck and he probably could have finished this without closing the grip. Royval is a serious problem at flyweight.

Macy Chiasson has gone 5-2 in the UFC but she’s coming off of a loss and is trying to avoid her first ever losing streak. Norma Dumont missed weight for this fight, never a good thing, but she’s on a three fight winning streak and given the total lack of other featherweight fighters on the women’s side of things if she can win here she might be able to get a title shot. The odds are with Dumont at -225 to a +185 comeback for Chiasson.

Women’s Featherweight Bout: Macy Chiasson (7-2, 145.5 lbs.) vs. Norma Dumont (7-1, 146.5 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Chiasson is four inches taller with five inches of reach advantage. They touch gloves. A bit of stance switching from Chiasson as she circles. A lot of circling and feinting. Both women miss punches in close. Power hand punches go back and forth. They trade leg kicks. Bit of a right from Dumont. Dumont lands another right. Chiasson lands a left hand. Bit of a right from Dumont. They clinch up then break and trade punches. Chiasson is working front kicks to keep things long and mobile. Chiasson lands a right. Both women land punches in close. Chiasson avoids a spinning back fist and hits a takedown as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Chiasson

ROUND TWO: Chiasson gets back to using long range weapons right away. Leg kick from Chiasson. Dumont lands a body kick. They trade leg kicks then Chiasson lands a right hand and forces a clinch. Dumont lands a few knees. Chiasson gets a takedown but gets a bit too aggressive looking for the back and they scramble back up and into the clinch. Dumont avoids a takedown and grabs at a front headlock but they wind up just trading knees and punches in the clinch. Chiasson lands some knees to the thigh. They end the round in the clinch.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Chiasson, 20-18 Chiasson overall

ROUND THREE: Dumont comes out aggressive for this round, she lands a couple of rights and Chiasson shoots a double leg to stifle that. They wind up on the fence with Chiasson looking for a double leg. Chiasson moves towards the back as they fence wrestle but can’t get all the way around. Some knees from Chiasson as she’s stalling things out on the fence. Dumont lands a few punches in close but Chiasson is able to get low and hit a double leg, though Dumont wall walks right away. Chiasson lands knees to the thigh but things are stalling out again. Dumont reverses a trip attempt and lands on top. They scramble back up and Chiasson resumes hugging. Dumont spins free and cracks Chiasson with a few punches. Chiasson is reaching for clinches and Dumont can’t seem to get free despite having Chiasson hurt. They wind up hitting the fence again and Chiasson resumes holding and thanking the MMA gods that the ref is letting this stall without intervening. Dumont fishes for a guillotine attack, but wont find anything and time runs down.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Dumont, 29-28 Chiasson overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Macy Chiasson via split decision (28-29, 30-27 x2)

Those 30-27’s are full blown Clucky, no way Chiasson should have won the third round. Chiasson gets an interview, she wanted to show off her improved skills but wrestled a bit too much. The crowd is booing this, and Chiasson tries to suck up to the crowd with only mild success. She feels better at featherweight than bantamweight but she just wants to keep fighting and will go to either weight class.

Francisco Trinaldo has been with the UFC since 2012 and has gone 1-1 since moving up to welterweight, he is coming off of a win though and now he’s looking to build another winning streak. Danny Roberts is on a two fight winning streak though the most recent one was a controversial split decision, now he’s looking for the most recognizable name if he’s able to get past the grizzled veteran that is Trinaldo. This one closed as a -110 pick ’em.

Welterweight Bout: Danny Roberts (18-5, 170.5 lbs.) vs. Francisco Trinaldo (27-8, 170.5 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Roberts is four inches taller, has four inches of reach advantage and is nine years younger. Both men fighting southpaw. Trinaldo pushes forward right away, Roberts lands an inside leg kick as he’s circling. Roberts slips on a kick, they trade punches then clinch up and hit the fence. Trinaldo lands some uppercuts in close as they fight for position then he misses an elbow as they break. Bit of a left from Trinaldo. Roberts is trying to get his jab working but Trinaldo is still backing him up. Trinaldo lands a left. Both men land punches in close. Bit of a left from Roberts. Trinaldo lands a one two. Trinaldo lands a jab. Roberts starts working leg kicks. Clubbing left from Trinaldo lands. Left to the body from Trinaldo, there’s something going on in the crowd. Trinaldo lands a left to the body. Roberts lands a jab. Trinaldo lands a right hook, then they trade punches as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Trinaldo

ROUND TWO: Trinaldo lands a calf kick. They trade lefts in close but Roberts is hurt. Trinaldo pushes forward and looks for a takedown but Roberts defends and they break apart after Trinaldo landed an uppercut. There’s a cut around the right eyebrow of Roberts. Trinaldo keeps pushing forward, he lands a right hand in close and then a stiff left. A left from Trinaldo lands then a hard left to the body locks up Roberts for a second. Roberts reaches for a clinch, Trinaldo grabs a guillotine and forces him down with it then drops elbows from side control. Roberts is able to get half guard. Trinaldo attacks an arm triangle but there’s nothing here for him. Some lefts from Trinaldo land. Trinaldo passes to side control, but Roberts shrimps to get half guard back. Roberts scrambles to his knees, Trinaldo spins to his back and lands punches from the ride position as Roberts stands. They trade punches in the pocket before clinching again. They just hang out for the final couple of seconds.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Trinaldo, 20-18 Trinaldo overall

ROUND THREE: Trinaldo resumes pushing forward. Roberts lands an inside leg kick. Trinaldo lands a jab. Another jab from Trinaldo. Roberts misses a left hand, then forces a clinch and they trade knees and punches before settling down. Trinaldo is getting the better of the pocket exchanges as a general rule. Trinaldo lands a knee and they break. One two from Trinaldo. Roberts lands a leg kick. Both men miss lefts then they clinch again. Bit of a left from Trinaldo as they break the clinch. Trinaldo lands a left. Roberts misses a few strikes. Glancing left from Trinaldo. Roberts has a head kick blocked then he eats a right hook that leaves him wobbled but he’s able to get a clinch and wait. Trinaldo elbows his way out of the clinch and lands another left hand. Stiff jabs from Trinaldo now as he’s looking for a kill shot. Roberts lands a left and they trade more punches before clinching. Trinaldo lands a knee to the body and drives Roberts into the fence. Another knee from Trinaldo then they break. Both men swing punches in close and they’ll end the round clinched up.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Trinaldo, 30-27 Trinaldo overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Francisco Trinaldo via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)

No issues with a 10-8 for Trinaldo in the second. No interview for Trinaldo as we’re short on time and have to move to PPV.

Randy Brown has gone 4-1 in his last five fights and is on a two fight winning streak, if he can get to three in a row here it’ll indicate he’s found his footing in the UFC and could mean a bigger opportunity for his next fight. Khaos Williams has gone 4-1 in the UFC and is on a two fight winning streak, he’s likewise trying to move up the ranks by building a three fight winning streak. The odds closed at a -110 pick ’em.

Welterweight Bout: Randy Brown (14-4, 170.5 lbs.) vs. Khaos Williams (13-2, 170 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Brown is three inches taller with one inch of reach advantage. They touch gloves to get us going. Brown is switching his stance as he circles. Williams misses a few punches, he’s trying to engage from too far out right now. Inside leg kick from Williams, then he lands a body kick. Brown lands a side kick to the knee. They trade rights. Williams lands a jab. Brown with some front kicks then they clinch up. Both men land some blows then they break. Williams wobbles Brown with a glancing punch, he gets on top with a front headlock and looks for an anaconda choke. There isn’t much bite on the choke and Brown breaks the grip then they reset on the feet. Brown lands a body kick. Williams lands a leg kick. They clinch up, Brown lands a knee to the body. Williams lands some body shots and they break apart. Brown misses a jumping knee. Both men land punches in close, then Williams lands a calf kick. Brown reaches for a double leg, Williams defends then Brown grabs at a standing guillotine but Williams defends. Some knees from Brown as they end the round in the clinch.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Williams

ROUND TWO: Brown with some jabs then lands a right hand. Williams lands a leg kick. More jabs from Brown, he’s starting to open up and really work the range. Williams lands a body shot. A lot of stance switching from Brown now as he throws kicks to the body. Jabs from Brown connect as they’re still circling. More jabs from Brown and he avoids the counters. Brown checks a leg kick. Brown lands jabs from both stances as he’s coming forward. Williams tries to attack but they wind up clinched and he didn’t really land much. They break without incident. Brown lands a right hand and checks a calf kick. Williams misses some punches. Brown punches into another clinch and they hit the fence. Williams is stalling a bit in the clinch before they break. Brown lands a couple of jabs. Brown lands a right hand. Williams tries to force a brawl, Brown counters him and they clinch again. They run down the clock in the clinch.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Brown, 19-19 overall

ROUND THREE: Brown resumes fighting long, and lands a front kick to the face. Williams lands an inside leg kick. Bit of a right from Williams. Brown lands a combination of punches. Jabs from Brown. Another right from Brown lands. Brown keeps peppering Williams at distance with punches and kicks. Williams lands a calf kick. Brown avoids a few punches. Williams lands a right hand that sits Brown down and he gets on top in full guard. Brown hits a get up and then lands several rights. More punches from Brown, he knows he needs to get that knockdown back and is unloading. Brown misses a right hand and Williams gets a clinch. Some elbows from Brown then a knee as they break. Brown lands an elbow. They clinch up again, Brown lands some knees and uppercuts. Brown gets a double collar tie and lands knees before Williams gets free. Williams misses a Superman punch as the clock winds down.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Brown but a really close one, 29-28 Brown overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Randy Brown via split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)

The crowd disagrees with the decision but 29-28 for either man is perfectly acceptable. Mic time for Brown, he gives love to some friends and puts over Williams as a dangerous opponent but once he remembered his own abilities he got after things. To close he gives love to Jamaica.

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is a former UFC champion and a legend of the sport, he was last seen losing to Paul Craig in 2020 and now he’s trying to avenge a loss from almost 8 years ago. Ovince Saint Preux has gone just 2-5 in his last seven fights and recently lost a fight up at heavyweight, now he’s back at light heavyweight and is looking to repeat a past performance and prove he’s still a relevant figure in the division. The odds are with Saint Preux at -260 while Rua’s comeback sits at +210.

Light Heavyweight Bout: Mauricio Rua (27-12-1, 205.5 lbs.) vs. Ovince Saint Preux (25-16, 205 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Saint Preux is an inch and a half taller with four inches of reach advantage. They touch gloves, Saint Preux is fighting southpaw. Both men paw with the lead hand, then Rua lands an inside leg kick. Saint Preux lands a front kick to the body. Rua lands an inside leg kick then they trade punches. Bit of a left hook from Rua. Saint Preux keeps landing a front kick to the body, he’s keeping Rua from blitzing him with it. Rua lands a body kick. Saint Preux kicks the body again. Both men miss punches. Rua misses punches in close then they clash on kicks. Saint Preux lands another front kick to the body. They both miss punches again. Rua lands an inside leg kick. Another inside leg kick from Rua and they just stare away the last 7 seconds.


ROUND TWO: Both men come out resuming the kicking game. Saint Preux lands a front kick to the body, Rua lands another inside leg kick. Bit of a body kick from Rua. They trade body kicks. Saint Preux starts stalking forward, he lands a front kick to the body, then another one. Rua lands an inside leg kick. Saint Preux kicks the body again. Bit of a right from Rua behind a body kick. Saint Preux lands a body kick. More kicks from Saint Preux. Body kick from Saint Preux, Rua counters with a leg kick. Bit of a right from Rua. Saint Preux checks an inside leg kick. Another front kick to the body from Saint Preux. Both men miss power hand punches. Neither will find a real blow during the last 20 seconds or so.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Saint Preux I guess but there’s just nothing happening, 20-19 Saint Preux overall

ROUND THREE: Saint Preux clinches up quickly and forces Rua into the fence. They break without incident. Saint Preux fires a few more kicks but Rua circles away from the fence. The crowd is bored and is waving their phones around to amuse themselves. Saint Preux lands a left hand. Another left from Saint Preux. Saint Preux lands a front kick to the body and a left hand. Bit of a left hook from Rua. More body kicks from Saint Preux. Rua looks to be fading a bit, the damage is adding up I think. Bit of a right from Rua. Saint Preux kicks the body again. Bit of a head kick from Saint Preux. More front kicks from Saint Preux, then a bit of a left but he can’t corral Rua. Glancing left from Saint Preux. The crowd is booing this lack of action, and while I don’t approve I can’t say I blame them. They just circle away the last 15 seconds.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Saint Preux, 30-28 Saint Preux overall but who knows how it’ll play out

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Ovince Saint Preux via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

Well that sucked. No other way to put it. No interview for Saint Preux.

Michael Chandler has gone 1-2 in the UFC and is on a two fight losing streak, that’s somewhat mitigated by one of those being a title shot with Charles Oliveira and the other a fight for the ages against Justin Gaethje but he still needs to avoid a three fight skid here if he wants to retain his position in the title picture. Tony Ferguson is a former interim champion in the UFC but he currently finds himself on a three fight losing streak, granted those were all to very good fighters but at nearly 40 and with 11 years in the UFC he cannot afford a fourth loss here if he wants to stay a relevant fighter at the top of the stacked lightweight division. Given how Ferguson has been slipping lately it’s no surprise that Chandler is the favorite at a hefty -320 to +250 on Ferguson.

Lightweight Bout: #5 Michael Chandler (22-7, 156 lbs.) vs. #7 Tony Ferguson (25-6, 155.5 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Ferguson is three inches taller with five inches of reach advantage. Ferguson opens southpaw but will switch his stance as the fight goes on. Chandler stalks forward, both men are just getting a feel for things. A few jabs from Chandler land. They trade leg kicks. Ferguson lands a leg kick. Chandler lands a couple of body shots. Ferguson lands a left that off balances Chandler but Chandler recovers and lands a right hand. Now Ferguson is stalking forward, he misses a couple of lefts. Chandler lands a right to the body then a left hook. Inside leg kick from Chandler. Ferguson keeps stalking forward looking to force the fight. Bit of a left from Ferguson. Chandler lands a calf kick. Double leg from Chandler and he lands on top in full guard. Chandler lands punches from top position. They trade some elbows, Chandler is bleeding from one of Ferguson’s elbows. Chandler lands a few rights. Ferguson looks to work his guard up but he’s not quite finishing the attacks. Chandler unloads with power punches to the head. Ferguson is cut around the left eye, not badly though. Ferguson looks to wall walk but Chandler keeps him down and lands more punches. Some elbows from Chandler now, he’s aiming at that cut. They end the round trading on the mat.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Ferguson

ROUND TWO: Ferguson resumes working southpaw, he seems to favor that stance. Chandler with a front kick to the face that OBLITERATES Ferguson!

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Michael Chandler via KO, front kick to the face, at :17 of Round 2

Well, that’s a KO of the year contender. Mic time for Chandler, he jokes he doesn’t even train that technique that much but Ferguson keeps his hands wide and leaves openings up the middle. He talks us through the finish and says you’ve got to pull out the depths of yourself when you’re down and he did. He says he’s ready to come back to the main event and that there’s no one doesn’t want to see him rematch either Charles Oliveira or Justin Gaethje, but if someone else gets that title shot he’s willing to fight Conor McGregor at welterweight and he’ll see us at the top.

We get the announcement of the latest Hall of Fame inductee, it’s former two division champion Daniel Cormier. No issues with that.

Carla Esparza is on a five fight winning streak that has seen her earn a shot at regaining her former title, Esparza was the inaugural strawweight champion back in 2014 though she never notched a successful title defense. Esparza now tries to reclaim the title and begin building her legacy as one of the best in the world. Rose Namajunas is the current strawweight champion and coming off of a defense of her title against Zhang Weili, Namajunas fought Esparza for the first strawweight title and now she’s looking for a bit of revenge while building her case as the best strawweight of all time. The odds are with the champion Namajunas at -210 to a +175 comeback on Esparza.

Strawweight Title Bout: (c) Rose Namajunas (11-4, 115 lbs.) vs. #2 Carla Esparza (18-6, 115 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Namajunas is four inches taller with two inches of reach advantage. Esparza is showing some stance switches as they circle. They’re operating at a very long range to begin, neither wants to make the first mistake getting too close. Namajunas starts showing the jab. Esparza misses a Superman punch. Namajunas lands a couple of jabs while angling away from Esparza. Not a ton of activity from either woman. Bit of a left from Esparza. Namajunas lands a jab. More jabs from Namajunas, she seems to be getting a better feel for the range and timing. Now Namajunas starts showing some stance switches. Bit of a leg kick from Esparza. Namajunas lands another jab. Esparza misses another blitz attack. They stare away the final seconds.


ROUND TWO: Namajunas looks to push a bit more aggressively this round. Both women miss jabs. Bit of a right from Namajunas. Namajunas defends a double leg attempt then lands a jab. Both women miss lefts. There’s really not a lot happening here. Namajunas starts trying to work her jabs while angling around. Namajunas lands a left, she’s started switching her stance a lot more fluidly. They just kind of circle for the last 15 seconds.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Namajunas but could be 10-10 again, 20-19 Namajunas overall

ROUND THREE: Namajunas jabs the body, she’s again looking to up the pace a bit. Esparza keeps her distance, then misses a right. Namajunas blocks a takedown attempt. Both women avoid punches then Esparza hits a double leg and Namajunas scrambles right back up then lands a punch. They trade lefts. Again they trade lefts. Namajunas avoids a takedown attempt. Both women miss lefts. Bit of a right from Namajunas. They both miss power hand punches. Bit of a jab from Namajunas. Esparza misses a Superman punch, everything is coming from 3 or so inches further back than necessary to land. Bit of a jab from Namajunas then she avoids a double leg. Esparza avoids a right hand and the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Esparza, 29-29 DRAW overall

ROUND FOUR: We’re back to circling and feinting. Namajunas lands a right after avoiding a double leg. Esparza misses a left hook. Namajunas keeps poking the jab out, then defends a takedown but Esparza jumps on her back only to be shook over the top by Namajunas and they wind up clinched. They trade a couple of blows then break without incident. Bit of a one two from Namajunas. Esparza lands a bit of a left after Namajunas defended a takedown. Namajunas lands a bit of a body shot. Esparza avoids a few kicks. Namajunas lands a right hand. Commentary is actively debating if this is the worst title fight in UFC history. Esparza tries a takedown, winds up on the back when Namajunas tries to limp leg but Namajunas rolls through then lands a right hand. Namajunas lands a jab. Bit of a leg kick from Esparza as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Esparza I guess, 39-38 Esparza overall

ROUND FIVE: Both women feint again as the round begins. Esparza misses a right hand. They trade rights. Namajunas avoids a takedown attempt. Namajunas lands a right hand. They trade punches in close, Namajunas is working more in combinations now. Esparza lands a leg kick. Namajunas lands a right hand. Bit of a front kick from Namajunas. Namajunas lands a right hand. Glancing right from Namajunas, then she avoids a takedown attempt. Esparza misses a few punches, then Namajunas punches her once. Esparza avoids a knee tap. Namajunas avoids a right hand. Namajunas misses a few punches. Takedown from Namajunas, Esparza wall walks quickly and they end the round in the clinch.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Namajunas, 48-48 DRAW overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER and NEW UFC Strawweight champion – Carla Esparza via split decision (47-48, 49-46, 48-47)

The crowd boos over all of this. Esparza gets an interview, she thought she was the more aggressive fighter and deserved to win, again prompting boos. She says you never want to be part of a fight like that (her record disagrees) but she got the win and that’s all that counts. On the plus side her face looks good for her wedding next week.

Charles Oliveira is on a 10 fight winning streak and was the UFC lightweight champion, but he missed weight and was stripped of the title, now he’s hoping a win will secure a shot at the vacant belt for his next fight while putting the weight gaff behind him and reaffirm his status as the best lightweight in the world. Justin Gaethje previously fought for the lightweight title in 2020 and now gets another shot as if he’s able to win here he will claim the vacant title. Gaethje is coming off of a win and wants to begin building his own championship legacy with a win over the former champion here. The odds for this one have been a bit all over the place since Oliveira missed weight, but they still favor Oliveira at -154 while the +125 payout on Gaethje is a tempting bet.

Lightweight Title Bout: Charles Oliveira (32-8 1 NC, 155.5) vs. #1 Justin Gaethje (23-3, 155 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Gaethje is an inch taller while Oliveira has four inches of reach advantage. Oliveira stalks forward to start, and lands a right hand. Gaethje lands a couple of leg kicks. They get close and trade blows then separate. Oliveira keeps stabbing at the body with a front kick, Gaethje then drops Oliveira with an uppercut but makes him stand back up. Gaethje lands a right and Oliveira drops again, again Gaethje makes him stand. Now Gaethje is the one stalking forward, Oliveira is bleeding around the left eye. Leg kick from Gaethje. They trade rights. Oliveira lands an uppercut. Knee from Oliveira. Gaethje lands a left hook. They tie up, Oliveira pulls guard and Gaethje immediately disengages. They tie up and trade body work then break. Oliveira lands a right hand. Gaethje is being very patiently, they trade rights and Gaethje drops. Oliveira jumps on his back, he’s going for an armbar and landing hammer fists to open it up. Gaethje gets free, but Oliveira grabs the choke and Gaethje tries to hand fight but eventually has to tap.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Charles Oliveira via Submission, rear naked choke, at 3:22 of Round 1

The First Round Finish Club thanks Mr. Oliveira for his work this evening. Mic time for the former champion and his translator, he says he’s still the champion. He says the entire division still has to deal with him, he’s still the real champion. Asked who he’d like to fight for the vacant title he says he doesn’t care but name drops Conor McGregor.

Well on that note UFC 274 comes to a close. The main event delivered for as long as it lasted, and Michael Chandler gave us a knockout of the year. Let us never speak of Namajunas vs. Esparza again. Well, I’ll have to because we’ll be breaking down all the fallout tomorrow on the 411 Ground and Pound MMA Podcast as well as looking ahead to next week’s UFC on ESPN 36 headlined by Aleksandar Rakic taking on former champion Jan Blachowicz. I’ll be back next week for that event and I hope you will too. Until then thank you again for reading, stay safe out there, and keep checking 411mania for all of your pop culture needs.

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