UFC Vancouver in tweets
UFC Vancouver is in the books and it did not disappoint. Kicking off the main card was veteran vs prospect as Misha Cirkunov went up against Jimmy Crute. Cirkunov was on the end of a trademark Johnny Walker KO back in March and was looking to put an end to the 10 fight win streak of Jimmy Crute. Both men were throwing hands from the start but it was Misha who had the advantage. As the fight went to the canvas, Crute ended up on top and nearly finished Cirkunov. The adopted Canadian reversed the position and sunk in a Peruvian Necktie choke to give Crute his first loss.
Next up was two Ultimate Fighter veterans as Uriah Hall squared off against Antonio Carlos Junior at middleweight. The jab of Hall was on point from the first horn and eventually broke the nose of Carlos Junior midway through the first. In the second, it was the jab of Hall which was prominent again and with a 1-2, dropped The Brazilian but couldn’t capitalize. Most of the third round was spent on the canvas in the control of Carlos Junior. It was Uriah Hall who got the nod from the judges and has now won 2 in a row.
Next up was one the most anticipated fighters on the card as Michel Periera faced promotional newcomer Tristan Connelly. After a highlight reel knockout of Danny Roberts in May and with Tristan Connelly taking the fight on 5 days notice, the fight was only meant to go one way. After some acrobatics from Periera in round one, the Brazilian was shattered and the gas tank of Connelly was on another level. As the fight drew on, the crowd was getting louder as their hometown fighter was taking over. The arena erupted as Tristan Connelly’s name was read out by Bruce Buffer as the winner of the fight.
Up next was the returning Todd Duffee against Jeff Hughes at heavyweight. After 4 years, Duffee is back to take on Contender Series alumn Jeff Hughes. Todd Duffee found his range early on and was landing at will but Hughes was also landing with precision. While on the side of the cage, the thumb of Hughes appeared to go into the eye of Duffee, who told the referee and the doctor that he was seeing double and the fight was called off and ruled a no contest.
In the co-main event of the evening, Glover Teixeira was facing Nikita Krylov at light heavyweight. Teixeira is on a 2 fight win streak, most recently against Ion Cutelaba back in April. Krylov has never gone to the judges scorecards in his 31 professional fights but had also never received a performance bonus in his career. After a back and forth fight for the entire 15 minutes, which was full of grappling exchanges and submission attempts. However, it was Glover Teixeira who won the fight via split decision and extended his winning run to 3.
In the much anticipated main event, a pair of fan favourites were up against each other as Justin Gaethje faced Donald Cerrone at lightweight. A win for either fighter could potentially set up a fight against the winner of the inevitable Khabib/Tony lightweight title fight. In 5 fights inside the UFC Octagon, Justin has never gone the distance and the matchup against ‘Cowboy’ had everyone excited from the moment it was announced. From the start, it was Gaethje who was landing the more powerful and precise shots with Cowboy mounting limited offence. Gaethje landed a counter right which dropped Cerrone and he finished with a flurry of short punches to extend his winning run of first round knockouts to 3.
Checkout the reaction to the night’s action below
Justin Gaethje vs Donald Cerrone
Say what you want Justin is the most entertaining fighter to watch in whole UFC . Hope he’s getting paid soon 👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻💰💰💰💰
— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) September 15, 2019
Wow Justin is a monster!!!!!
— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) September 15, 2019
Glover Teixeira vs Nikita Krylov
That was the right call, IMO, but I could see why Krylov could have gotten a RD or 2 scored in his favor as well. https://t.co/vuXLLftd0b
— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) September 15, 2019
Todd Duffee vs Jeff Hughes
Wow 😮 i better don’t say nothing Right now or I will be super tough! Wow if you sign that contract you better fight till the end! #UFCVancouver
— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) September 15, 2019
Tristan Connelly vs Michel Pereira
Ole Tristan with the big W on short notice!!! @MMATristan AWSOME FIGHT MY FRIEND!!!
— Stephen Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) September 15, 2019
Uriah Hall vs Antonio Carlos Junior
— Shane Burgos (@HurricaneShaneB) September 15, 2019
Misha Cirkunov vs Jimmy Crute
Cirkunov/Crute was an excellent fight!!! Wow. Crazy scrambles and high level ground work from Mischa. Finishes with the Peruvian Necktie!
— Chris Camozzi (@ChrisCamozzi) September 15, 2019
Check out the main card results below
Justin Gaethje bt Donald Cerrone via TKO (punches) Round 1- 4:18
Glover Teixeira bt Nikita Krylov via Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 29–28)
Todd Duffee vs Jeff Hughes via No Contest (accidental eye poke) Round 1- 4:03
Tristan Connelly bt Michel Pereira via Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–27, 29–27)
Uriah Hall bt Antonio Carlos Junior via Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28)
Misha Cirkunov bt Jimmy Crute via Submission (Peruvian necktie) Round 1- 3:38
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