Douglas Silva de Andrade stunned the UFC world, earning an epic win in his bantamweight bout with Sergey Morozov.
Silva (28-4, 1 NC) looked in trouble early on as Morozov (17-5) got the upper hand early, knocking the Brazilian to the ground and appearing to land with every punch he took.
An elbow then opened up a nasty cut on Silva’s head with everything going the Kazakh fighter’s way.
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Even when the Brazilian tried to get up, he was immediately met by a powerful knee from Morozov, who finished the round with a takedown.
Silva looked destined to be knocked out soon enough, but he opened up the stronger second round of the two, shaking Morozov early and going after the finish.
The Kazakh was able to weather the storm for the time being but was dropped soon after as Silva hammered in before sealing the comeback with a rear naked choke.
Speaking after the win, Silva called out UFC boss Dana White, saying, “I deserve the $100,000 Dana, I deserve the best performance and the best fight of the night.”
While there were still plenty of doubts to contend with, UFC fans certainly praised Silva’s tenacity to not only recover from the first-round onslaught, but to pick up the win in such a dominant fashion.
In fact, Silva had lost the first round by unanimous decision and 10-8 on a single map, making his fightback all the more impressive.
ADESANYA VS WHITTAKER – FULL REVIEW
It’s the mega-rematch of two years, pitting two of the biggest names from Australia and New Zealand in a tantalizing title showdown.
Defending middleweight champion Israel Adesanya defends his belt for the fourth time against the man he took down in October 2019, Robert Whittaker, at UFC 271.
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Adesanya has dominated the division since his UFC debut four years ago, winning all 10 fights, half of which have been interim or undisputed championship victories.
The Nigerian-born 32-year-old was victorious over Paulo Costa, Yoel Romero, Whittaker, Marvin Vettori (twice), Kelvin Gastelum, Anderson Silva and Derek Brunson to quickly establish himself as the king of the division.
Adesanya remains undefeated in his middleweight career with a perfect 21-0 record, and his only loss in MMA came early last year when he fought Jan Blachowicz for the light heavyweight title and lost. by unanimous decision.
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The last time Adesanya faced Whittaker was at UFC 243 at Marvel Stadium, and it was a convincing beatdown by the Kiwi that ended the fight with a second-round knockout, ending the 20-month reign. of Whittaker as champion in the process.
However, since then Whittaker has risen, dusted himself off and shed a tear with convincing wins over Darren Till, Jared Cannonier and Gastelum to become the No. 1 contender.
If Whittaker upsets Adesanya, then a trilogy fight between the two men would have a good chance of happening further down the line, but if Adesanya triumphs again, don’t be surprised if his next title defense is against the winner of Cannonier and Brunson who is also fighting on the main card at UFC 271.
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But local interest in the main card doesn’t stop at Whittaker and Adesanya, as Aussie cult hero Tai Tuivasa faces the biggest challenge of his career when he locks horns with fearsome heavyweight contender No. 3Derrick Lewis.
Like Whittaker, Tuivasa has enjoyed a tremendous resurgence since losing at UFC 243, winning his last four fights.
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But he’s never fought someone like Lewis who has not only been involved in a few title fights but also holds the UFC’s all-time record for most knockout wins (13) than he won in his last fight against Chris Daukaus.
Lewis just recently fought Ciryl Gane in August for the interim heavyweight belt, so Tuivasa is definitely in uncharted waters.
However, if contender #11 manages to defeat Lewis, which is a distinct possibility given how both men love to ‘stand and punch’, Tuivasa would be as close to becoming a heavyweight contender as he is. never did in his career.
UFC 271 CARD AND RESULTS
Main card (from 2 p.m. AEDT)
Israel Adesanya (c) (184 lbs) vs. Robert Whittaker (184 lbs) – middleweight title
Derrick Lewis (266 lbs) vs. Tai Tuivasa (265 lbs) – heavyweight
Jared Cannonier vs. Derek Brunson – middleweight
Bobby Green vs. Nasrat Haqparast – Lightweight
Alexander Hernandez vs. Renato Moicano – lightweight
Kyler Phillips vs. Marcelo Rojo – Lightweight
Preliminary map (from noon AEDT)
Andrei Arlovski vs. Jared Vanderaa – heavyweight
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Casey O’Neill – Women’s Flyweight
William Knight vs. Maxim Grishin – heavyweight
Carlos Ulberg vs. Fabio Cherant – light heavyweight
Early Preliminary Card (from 10am AEDT)
Ronnie Lawrence beats. Leomana Martinez via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28) – bantamweight
Jacob Malkoun defeated. AJ Dobson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) – middleweight
Douglas Silva de Andrade defeated. Sergey Morozov by Submission – Bantamweight
Jeremiah Wells beats. Mike Mathetha by submission – welterweight
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