Another eventful night of UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) fighting has come and go, with what will likely be some of the most memorable moments of the year on this card. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest and most exciting moments of the night.
The first big piece of news happened early in the night as Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone versus Joe Lauzon was canceled due to Cerrone falling ill. It is believed that Cerrone had food poisoning as he was apparently continuously throwing up the day of and prior to the match.
Welterweights Randy Brown versus Kalinn Williams instead opened the main card. Brown was able to just squeak out the win over Williams. However, Williams had his moments during the fight knocking down Brown once.
The second fight on the main card was light heavyweights Ovince Saint Preux versus Mauricio Rua. In a razor-thin match, Saint Preux won via split decision. Some fans believed Rua won and as most close decisions go, there are always the fans that believe the decision should have gone the other way.
The big three fights were next starting with lightweights Michael Chandler versus Tony Ferguson. The fight was a battle of two fan favorites with the majority of the fan base however siding with longtime veteran Ferguson, who as of late has been on a slide. Ferguson in the first round however looked strong knocking down Chandler and winning the round, giving many fans hope the old Ferguson was back. However early in the second round, Chandler threw a front kick which connected with the chin of Ferguson. Ferguson fell straight to the ground in one of the craziest knockouts in UFC history. He was then later taken to the hospital where he was checked and released thankfully.
The next fight was the women’s strawweight title bout between Rose Namajunas versus Carla Esparza. The two had fought each other years before with Esparza taking the first bout, and in an extremely disappointing and uneventful fight, Esparza was able to win a tight split decision over Namajunas.
The main event was scheduled as the lightweight title bout between Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje, but after Oliveira, the champion missed weight that lead only Gaethje able to win the title with Oliveira being stripped of it once the fight started. Gaethje had an extremely strong start with two knockdowns on Oliveira in the first 3 minutes. But as Oliveira has done in his past two fights he came back knocking Gaethje down and shortly after submitting him. Oliveira showed his resilience once again and was able to cap off a great night of fighting and look to retake his title in his next fight.