The UFC has a great fight card on its own to wrap up the pay-per-view card roster in 2021. UFC 269 was an emotional showdown, especially given the two title fights at the height of the event. .
In the co-title, Amanda Nunes’s lengthy reign at the top of women’s bantamweight came to an abrupt and unlikely end when she fell victim to the strike and then submit the skill of her underpowered opponent, Julianna Pena. Pena handed Nunes his first loss since the former champion’s first professional game in 2008.
In the main event, a battle between two highly respected lightweights, Charles Oliveira defend his 155-pound title with a submission win over Dustin Poirier.
It’s by no means that the top two fights on the card are the only fights worth discussing from UFC 269. With that said, read on for the winners and losers from the event, which took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and streamed on ESPN+ pay -preview with ESPN2 early and ESPN+ early news.
Charles Oliveira: Charles Oliveira was on a nine-fight winning streak and had a UFC lightweight belt wrapped around his waist as he stepped into the octagon to face Dustin Poirier at UFC 269. Even so, some still have a dated and misunderstood view. know that he is a quitter. Those with that view ahead of Saturday’s game need to reevaluate what they think of Oliveira.
The lightweight champion took all Poirier had in the first round frantic, dominated the second round and then ended it all with submission in the third round.
If anyone had any doubts about Charles Oliveira being a legitimate UFC champion, the Brazilian put those doubts on Saturday night with an impressive performance in a match where he was the underdog. .
Julianna Pena: Julianna Pena is the new UFC women’s bantamweight champion. In what we can remember as the biggest upset in UFC history, Pena used her swing to knock Nunes out of her game and then wrapped everything up with a death in the back. bare.
Pena’s approach in the second half seemed to put Nunes out of her game, and once she was out of her element, Pena didn’t give Nunes a chance to reset.
I think it will take some time to fully grasp what happened in the second half of the fight between Nunes and Pena, the results were shocking. One thing’s for sure, Pena won the war, and no one should try to take that away from her.
Geoff Neal: Geoff Neal ends two losing skateboards with solid performance against Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC 269. Neal, who entered the competition as the 12th weight division, noted that the win was his first against a competitor in the same category – 14th Ponzinibbio.
Winning would be a huge boost of confidence for Neal who handled serious health problems around his losses to Stephen Thompson and Neil Magny in 2020 and earlier this year. Victory over Ponzinibbio will give the 31-year-old something to build on towards 2022.
Kai Kara-France: Kai Kara-France has two losses on his UFC record. The first came in 2019 when he lost to current flyweight champion Brandon Moreno. The second was the 2020 filing failure for Brandon Royval, the fifth-placed fighter in the UFC’s official flyweight rankings.
Kara-France was ranked 6th at UFC 269. He made a great statement Saturday night with knockout win on Cody Garbrandt. I’m not sure winning will get him the title he’s claimed after his win, but Kara-France secured a hit on his first-year opponent in his next bout. . The goal against Garbrandt was Kara-France’s second straight knockout win.
Sean O’Malley: Sean O’Malley continues his climb up the bantamweight rankings with a memorable first round knockout win via Raulian Paiva. O’Malley did a great job creating his stab and then finding a spot for a right that hurt Paiva and allowed him to unleash a series of match-ending hits.
UFC President Dana White recently said that O’Malley is not ready for ranked opponents. I’m not sure that White is correct in that assessment.
Dominick Cruz compare to Pedro Munhoz: This was a great battle, with both men fighting hard. Pedro Munhoz did a great job catching Dominick Cruz in the first inning, but Cruz came back to score with his mass in the second stanza. Both fighters have their moments in the third stanza, but Cruz’s mass, selection, and movement brought him to victory.
UFC 269 showed a strong Dominick Cruz, who, as we remember losing only three fights, remains a threat in the bantamweight division.
Tai Tuivasa: Tai Tuivasa played a controlled and intelligent first round against Augusto Sakai. He didn’t force action or push himself too hard, but when the second round started, Tuivasa injured Sakai early and never gave up. The beginning of the ending with a horizontal left Sakai stunned. From there, Tuivasa unleashed a series of nasty attacks that brought fight until the end.
Tuivasa is getting better as a boxer and at 28, if he continues to learn and improve, he is someone to watch. At least, Tuivasa is an extremely interesting shaver.
Bruno Silva: Jordan Wright is a lesson for everyone who got booked against Bruno Silva. That lesson? Do not test the strength of Bruno Silva.
Andre Muniz: Andre Muniz scored his third straight win in his first round under the UFC banner with the captain’s armband in hand of Eryk Anders. Muniz is a scary guy on the ground and a win over Anders would elevate his status in the middleweight division.
Erin Blanchfield: Erin Blanchfield was underrated in the flyweight match against Miranda Maverick, but she completely overpowered her favorite opponent. Much of that dominance comes down to her wrestling and grappling skills.
Maverick is not a formidable opponent, but this is a great opponent for 22-year-old Blanchfield and she looks like she could grow into a threat.
Ryan Hall: Ryan Hall did the things of Ryan Hall on Saturday. Hall couldn’t get a subdued win over Darrick Minner, but it wasn’t for lack of effort as Hall made seven submissions in 15 minutes of featherweight.
Tony Kelley: Tony Kelley put great pressure on Randy Costa. Kelley put the pedals on the floor at the beginning of the fight and never gave up. The knee-jerk Kelley landed on his opponent’s body in the second round sent Costa to the mat and the hits ended the fight for Kelley.
Gillian Robertson: Gillian Robertson showed great sense in her thrilling match against Priscila Cachoeira. Robertson found a small flaw in the transition and sunk in the rear choke unit to end the fight.
James Krause: James Krause was caught audibly shouting, “What are you doing?” after his boxer Darrick Minner knocked out Ryan Hall. The hit was probably just muscle memory, but to confront Hall, under any circumstances, was a mistake.
Dustin Poirier: Moments after he touches Charles Oliveira, the camera catches Poirier telling Oliveira that he wants to donate a substantial amount (I think it’s $20,000) to a charity of Oliveira’s choice. choose. That says a lot about the person Dustin Poirier is.
Dustin Poirier: Dustin Poirier had a game plan for his fight against Charles Oliveira. That game plan didn’t work out. Poirier thought his speed and power would ideally help Oliveira out of the fight in the first round. At worst, Poirier seemed to think he could beat the champion’s cardio and that his effort early in the game would pay off later in the match. That plan failed because Oliveira didn’t wilt. Yes, Poirier made it difficult for Oliveira in the early stages, but he also gave his opponents time to reset and take advantage of his own in the second half.
Did Poirier and his camp underestimate Oliveira? Did they overestimate Poirier’s abilities? I don’t think either of those things happened. I think this bout was a lot more even than people thought and the better boxer on Saturday night won.
Regardless of how this fight ends, Dustin Poirier, who has been in the WEC/UFC since his eighth professional fight, deserves a lot of credit for what he’s accomplished in his time. that time and how he has developed as a fighter and as a person.
Amanda Nunes: Amanda Nunes’ reign as UFC women’s bantamweight champion came to an end Saturday night in an unlikely fashion. After what looked like a wits first round, Nunes was defeated and then defeated by Julianna Pena, who was heavily beaten. It seemed like this loss would take some time to instill for those who witnessed the shocking finish, but Nunes coped well with her first defeat since she lost to Cat Zingano in 2014.
Cody Garbrandt: Cody Garbrandt endured a massive weight loss in the hope that he would reverse his luck. It didn’t do. Kai Kara-France knocked out Garbrandt in the first round of their flyweight bout. Garbrandt is currently running 1-5 with four of those matches ending in a knockout.
I don’t think Garbrandt is finished as a UFC fighter, but he’s in a terrible position after UFC 269.
Darrick Miner: Darrick Minner decided he was ready and able to engage Ryan Hall on the carpet. He was not served, but he also did not win. Minner not doing all he can to keep the game going is a big mistake.
Priscila Cachoeira: Priscila Cachoeira slipped 3 pounds and got poked in the eye twice while she was suffocated by Gillian Robertson while fighting the curtain puller. That probably wouldn’t be good for her career.
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