The Octagon got back to the home of the NBA’s Enchantment and The Enchanted Realm without precedent for more than four years on Saturday, landing inside Amway Center in Orlando for a stacked card featured by welterweight champions Stephen Thompson and Kevin Holland.
Similarly, as a day at Disney World is loaded up with fervor and works to firecrackers toward the night’s end, so too did Saturday’s battle card.
UFC Tonight: Thompson vs Holland results
- Main Event: Stephen Thompson defeats Kevin Holland by TKO (corner stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 4
- Co-Main Event: Rafael Dos Anjos defeats Bryan Barberena by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:20 of Round 2
- Matheus Nicolau defeats Matt Schnell by TKO (strikes) at 1:44 of Round 2
- Sergei Pavlovich defeats Tai Tuivasa by KO (strikes) at 0:54 of Round 1
- Roman Dolidze defeats Jack Hermansson by TKO (strikes) at 4:06 of Round 2
- Eryk Anders defeats Kyle Daukaus by TKO (strikes) at 2:45 of Round 2
- Phil Rowe defeats Niko Price by TKO (strikes) at 3:26 of Round 3
- Angela Hill defeats Emily Ducote by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Clay Guida defeats Scott Holtzman by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- Michael Johnson defeats Marc Diakiese by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Jonathan Pearce defeats Darren Elkins by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
- Natan Levy defeats Genaro Valdez by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Francis Marshall defeats Marcelo Rojo by KO (right hook) at 1:14 of Round 2
- Yazmin Jauregui defeats Istela Nunes by TKO (strikes) at 4:06 of Round 2
UFC Tonight: Thompson vs Holland Main Card
Main event: Stephen Thompson routs Kevin Holland by technical knockout (corner stoppage) at 5:00 of Cycle 4
Notwithstanding being agreeable and welcoming the entire week, it didn’t prevent Stephen Thompson and Holland from battering each other from one place to another in Saturday’s headliner.
Holland began well, harming Thompson with a spotless right hand to the brow in the initial round, yet from there on out, the veteran welterweight competitor assumed command, energizing back in the second and pulling ceaselessly increasingly more as time passes. A battle that got going very close and cutthroat transformed into an uneven drubbing by “Wonderboy,” who had Holland in a not-so-great kind of way for most of the fourth round.
At the point when Holland returned to his corner after the round, his lead trainer Kru Sway Perez halted the battle, safeguarding his contender.
This was a legacy exertion from the 39-year-old Thompson, who snaps a two-battle slide with one of the most mind-blowing exhibitions of his extensive UFC vocation.
Co-main event: Rafael Dos Anjos routs Bryan Barberena by accommodation (back-stripped gag) at 3:20 of Cycle 2
Rafael Dos Anjos fit his direction into the Best 5 on the UFC’s unsurpassed successes list by gathering a second-round accommodation prevail upon Bryan Barberena in Saturday’s co-headliner.
The previous lightweight hero took advantage of his natural abilities on the material, taking “Bam” to the material and hunting an arm triangle gag in the first. While he was unable to find the completion, his edge on the ground was evident, and right off the bat in the center refrain, the Brazilian stumbled Barberena away from the wall and returned to work.
While the American protected well at first, he surrendered his back trying to return to his feet, and Dos Anjos jumped, hopping on his back and rapidly going after the neck. He didn’t have to get his lower arm under the neck — he just braced onto the neck and wound, pressing out a tap.
This was an exceptional exertion all around for Dos Anjos, who passed Frankie Edgar for the most time spent in the Octagon alongside procuring his 21st UFC triumph to move into the Best 5.
Following the triumph, “RDA” required a date with Conor McGregor, refering to the collaboration of his lightweight title prevail upon Donald Cerrone in Orlando quite a while back in campaigning for the opportunity to confront the famous Irishman at whatever point he returns.
Matheus Nicolau routs Matt Schnell by technical knockout (strikes) at 1:44 of Cycle 2
Matheus Nicolau at last got the assertion triumph he’s been missing to solidify his remaining as a flyweight competitor.
The Brazilian halted lasting extreme out Matt Schnell in a conflict of Top 10 warriors, dropping him in the principal round with a perfect left hand, and doing likewise in the second. Schnell returned to his feet, however Nicolau immediately dropped him once more, amassing for the completion.
Nicolau has now won every one of the four of his battles since getting back to the UFC and seven of his eight appearances in the Octagon generally speaking. After three straight triumphs to begin his re-visitation of the greatest stage in the game, this was the sort of knockout completion the previous Extreme Warrior hopeful and rising flyweight ability expected to place himself in the title discussion.
Sergei Pavlovich routs Tai Tuivasa by KO (strikes) at 0:54 of Cycle 1
Sergei Pavlovich raged through Tai Tuivasa in Saturday’s heavyweight standoff, taking care of the famous Australian in less than a moment. A poke put Tuivasa on the deck to begin, and when he attempted to discharge back accordingly, the cumbersome Russian just picked his shots and put it on him.
This was a staggering presentation from the rising competitor, who has now won five straight, all inside the initial five minutes, to push his record to 17-1 generally speaking and placed himself in the title discussion in the heavyweight division. | Official Scorecards
Roman Dolidze routs Jack Hermansson by technical knockout (strikes) at 4:06 of Cycle 2
Roman Dolidze made unquestionably the greater part of his short notice an open door against Jack Hermansson, wrapping up “The Joker” in the second round to get his third triumph of the year and fourth consecutive win in general.
Hermansson appeared to be in charge of the battle generally, utilizing his off-mood striking to save Dolidze wobbly for a large part of the challenge. However, when the two spilled to the material halfway through the second, the husky Georgian went after away from him, securing a calf slicer prior to compelling Hermansson onto his stomach, where he was unable to get away.
Dolidze continued to dump and Hermansson had no outs, leaving ref Marc Goddard no decision except for to step in and stop the battle.
This was a remarkable presentation for Dolidze, who bounced in without prior warning, Derek Brunson, and ought to track down his direction into the Main 10 with this triumph.
Eryk Anders routs Kyle Daukaus by technical knockout (strikes) at 2:45 of Cycle 2
Eryk Anders turned in his best execution in years in Orlando, dialing up a second-round stoppage prevail upon Kyle Daukaus on Saturday’s fundamental card.
“Ya Boi” hurt Daukaus in the first, strolling him down and putting him on the material with a spotless shot in the pocket. From there on out, each big cheese he landed noticeably affected Daukaus, who was returning in the wake of experiencing different facial breaks in a battle in June.
A hard conflict of heads late in the initial round unquestionably affected things, yet Anders turned out in the second and remained on the gas, making a point to put it on Daukaus and get him out of there.
This was an astounding presentation from the previous Public top dog linebacker and once middleweight competitor. The triumph snaps a two-battle slide for Anders and carries his record to even at 7-7 with one No Challenge inside the Octagon.
Phil Rowe routs Niko Cost by technical knockout (strikes) at 3:26 of Cycle 3
Phil Rowe looked near the precarious edge of being done in the initial snapshots of the third round, yet in the wake of enduring the hardship, he mobilized and halted Niko Cost to gather his third consecutive UFC triumph.
The Orlando local got the better of things in the first, utilizing his reach and working behind clean strikes to keep Cost at range. The second was somewhat nearer, and Cost came out like a raider to begin the third, stinging “The New Ruler” and purging the tank as he pursued a completion. At the point when it didn’t appear, Cost was out of commission and Rowe focused.
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A right hand began the completing grouping and when Rowe perceived Cost was harmed, he made a point to get it done. Subsequent to losing his special presentation, the DWCS graduate has now won three straight, all by stoppage, to secure himself as somebody to keep close tabs on in the welterweight division in 2023 and then some.
UFC Tonight: Thompson vs Holland Prelims
Angela Slope routs Emily Ducote by consistent choice (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Angela Slope turned in one of the most outstanding exhibitions of her extended UFC profession in Saturday’s penultimate prelim, taking the battle to Emily Ducote from the start en route to a consistent choice triumph.
The veteran was the speedier, more keen, more dynamic warrior all along, amassing Ducote with a different blend of hostile assaults, everything associated by a spotless punch and steady forward pressure. Slope flexed her Muay Thai abilities now and again, covering weighty knees into Ducote’s midriff and hitting elbows on the break, keeping steady over the UFC sophomore the entire round.
While Ducote had more progress in the third, Slope stayed the assailant and finished things off with a similar hostility and sharpness displayed in the initial edge.
In the wake of dropping three straight and five of six in the no so distant past, Slope finishes off 2022 on a two-battle series of wins to additionally cement her spot in the strawweight division. For Ducote, a frustrating misfortune ought to create a few workable minutes heading into her second year on the UFC list.
Earth Guida routs Scott Holtzman by split choice (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
On the off chance that you didn’t realize Guida and Holtzman were two of the senior legislators of the lightweight division, you could not have possibly known it from the manner in which they made it happen this end of the week.
The veteran lightweights exchanged blows and goes after for 15 minutes, Holtzman the more athletic and dangerous of two, which was countered by Guida’s perseverance and wrestling. While “Hot Sauce” landed clean singles, Guida tossed back in mixes; power on the previous, volume plainly for the last option.
Apparently gridlocked heading into the third, Holtzman began well on the feet, just to have Guida go to his wrestling, putting Holtzman on the material and in protective spots down the stretch. At the point when the appointed authorities’ scores were added up, it was “The Craftsman” that ended up as a winner.
Guida, who moved into third spot in UFC as far as takedowns landed, moves to 38-22 in his vocation with the triumph, while Holtzman tumbles to 14-6, wrapping up his profession on a three-battle slide.
Michael Johnson routs Marc Diakiese by consistent choice (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
In the first of two successive conflicts between lightweight veterans, Michael Johnson and Marc Diakiese ran close to even out for 15 minutes, dividing the initial two adjusts and passing on the last five minutes to choose things. Neither one of the men landed anything that shook the other, yet Johnson was the fresher and more dynamic of the two, prompting a triumph on the scorecards.
Diakiese hoped to pry immediately from the chute, however Johnson spread well, showing this would be a striking fight all through. After the Brit was more compelling in the first, “The Threat” tracked down his balance in the second, and out-worked Diakiese in the third.
It was a smooth, proficient exhibition by A definitive Warrior alum, who moves to 2-1 of every 2022, 13-14 in the UFC, and 22-18 generally for his profession with the triumph.
Jonathan Pearce routs Darren Elkins by consistent choice (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Since dropping down to featherweight, the Competitor Series graduate has procured five straight triumphs, adding to that all out with an uneven, predominant choice success over Darren Elkins on Saturday.
Beginning to end, Pearce was two strides in front of Elkins, hitting him with a front kick to the face right out of the door that appeared to establish the vibe for the night. While the veteran Elkins showed his brand name coarseness and resolve, Pearce put it on him, was never in any sort of peril, and keeps on looking generally excellent in this 145-pound weight class.
The 30-year-old Battle Prepared delegate is presently 5-0 in the division and 14-4 in general, while Elkins tumbles to 17-10 inside the Octagon.
Natan Toll routs Genaro Valdez by consistent choice (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Following a couple of second-round completions to begin the evening, Natan Duty and Genaro Valdez needed to utilize their full designation of time to engage the crowd in Orlando, joining for a tomfoolery to and fro fight that covered every last bit of the Octagon.
Demand began rapidly, harming Valdez on numerous occasions in the initial verse before the abrasive Mexican began pawing back in the second. Stopped in the third, Duty planned a delightful level change to put Valdez on the material and get catching control, dialing back the battle while doing very little with the situation until hitting a stomach to-back suplex at the horn.
At the point when the scores were counted, Toll came out successful, gathering his second consecutive UFC win. For Valdez, it’s a hard-battled misfortune and a subsequent straight loss to begin his time contending in the Octagon.
Francis Marshall routs Marcelo Rojo by KO (right snare) at 1:14 of Cycle 2
Well that is the way you make your UFC debut, young fellow!
Francis Marshall took the initial round to get comfortable and several elbows late, yet in the second, the Dana White’s Competitor Series graduate cut Marcelo Rojo with a perfect right snare that put him on the material. Marshall circled back to quickness and the battle was waved off, sending the appearing battling into festivity mode.
Only 23 years of age, the Kurt Pellegrino protege stays unbeaten with the knockout success, moving his record to 7-0 while reporting himself as somebody to watch in the featherweight division.
Yazmin Jauregui routs Istela Nunes by technical knockout (strikes) at 4:06 of Cycle 2
Yazmin Jauregui got dropped in the main round and it appeared to fire her up, as the unbeaten Mexican contender emerged and set Istela Nunes aside in the second.
Jauregui clarified changes following the knockdown, controlling the rest of the edge, and in the second, she took the battle to Nunes all along and never let up. An early knockdown made a secure circumstance, yet subsequent to investing the Brazilian during a time effort, the 25-year-old never permitted Nunes back up.
Simply a rankling work to begin the night and a remarkable appearance from a huge possibility in Jauregui, who got her second UFC triumph and tenth consecutive win generally.
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