UFC 242 in tweets

Pro's react to great night of action in the Middle East

UFC 242 is in the books and Abu Dhabi was treated to some great action. Kicking off the main card was Mairbek Taisumov going up against Carlos Ferreira at lightweight. Both fighters were on the verge of breaking into the top 15 in the division and were looking to make a statement. From the first horn, it was clear to see that Ferreira was on the front foot, putting pressure on the Russian while he landed at will. Due to the pressure from Carlos, Taisumov struggled to implement his gameplan throughout the 15 minutes despite landing and cutting Ferreira in the second. The fight went to the judges scorecards and it was The Brazilian who heard his name read out as he extends his winning run to 5 inside the octagon.

Next up was the heavyweights as Curtis ‘Razor’ Blaydes squared off against Shamil Abdurakhimov. With Blaydes being so dominant in the top position, it was no surprise to see Curtis take the flight to his home. With the 251lbs Blaydes on top of him, Shamil struggled to explode out the situation he was in and was saved by the horn for the end of round one. The second round was much of the same, with Blaydes taking down Shamil but this time he managed to land more significant strikes from the top and referee Marc Goddard was forced to step in and save Abdurakhimov for another day.

Back to Lightweight’s we went as rising Russian star Islam Makhachev faced his toughest test to date as he went up against Davi Ramos. The first round was a chess match with the only notable shot being a straight left from Islam which got the crowds attention. In the second round, Makhachev landed a knee which caused a cut to Ramos as the Russian tried to swarm him but he couldn’t close the distance effectively. As the fight went to the judges, it was no surprise that Islam Makhachev saw out the decision as he eyed the winner of Barboza and Felder which was next up.

A rematch 4 years in the making was up next as Edson Barboza faced Paul Felder. In a fight which was tipped to be FOTN, the crowd were not left disappointed as the two men left it all in the cage. Barboza’s trademark kicks were on show early in the first but Felder ate them and kept coming forward. It was clear to see both fighters had improved massively in the 4 years since they last fought. In the second, Felder continued to pressure Edson against the cage, but the Brazilian took Felder down. While on the ground, it was Felder who the offensive fighter, landing short elbows which opened up a cut on the hairline of Barboza. The third round was very close, with Felder continuing the theme of the fight and advancing forward to the displeasure of Barboza. Paul Felder exacted revenge 4 years on as he got the nod from the judges to see out a  split decision win.

In the main event of the evening, Khabib Nurmagomedov was looking to defend his title against the interim champion Dustin Poirier. The fight started tentatively as both men were working out moving patterns for each other. Khabib caught a kick from Dustin but didn’t take it any further. Eventually, Nurmagomedov shot for a single leg and despite the best efforts of Poirier, Khabib had the fight exaclty where he wanted it. Through the 3 and a half minutes he had control, Khabib had the body lock and was constantly vying for submissions. At the start of the second, Dustin caught the champion and had him hurt and running round the cage, but as Dustin was onrushing Khabib shot for a double leg and once again, the fight was in Khabib’s world. As the third round started, Khabib shoots in and Poirier jumps guard for a guillotine choke attempt. The whole arena were in shock as it seemed that Khabib was about to be submitted. The Russian stayed calm and popped his head out and was on top once more. Khabib managed to get to the back of Poirier and sink in a rear naked choke to remain the undisputed Lightweight champion.

Check out the reaction to the night’s action in Abu Dhabi. 

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Dustin Poirier. 

Edson Barboza vs Paul Felder

Islam Makhachev vs Davi Ramos

Curtis Blaydes vs Shamil Abdurakhimov

Carlos Ferreira vs Mairbek Taisumov

Check out the full main card results below 

Khabib Nurmagomedov bt Dustin Poirier via Submission (rear-naked choke) Round 3- 2:06

Paul Felder bt Edson Barboza via Decision (split) (27–30, 29–28, 30–27)

Islam Makhachev bt Davi Ramos via Decision (unanimous) (29–27, 30–26, 30–26)

Curtis Blaydes bt Shamil Abdurakhimov via TKO (elbow and punches) Round 2- 2:22

Carlos Ferreira bt Mairbek Taisumov via Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–27, 29–27)



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