UFC 271: Adesanya Continues To Reign Over Middleweight Division

It was business as usual for Israel Adesanya, as he further cemented his place into UFC history with his 4th UFC Middleweight title defense.

Adesanya vs. Whittaker 2 was a bit more competitive than the first installation, with the scorecards giving Adesanya the edge by just a single round. The only round that was absolutely clear for Adesanya was the first. Otherwise, rounds 2-4 could have gone to either fighter, with the 5th round seeming to go in Whittaker’s favor clearly.

Whittaker was able to establish some of his grappling, securing 4 takedowns out of 10 attempts. He secured 3:35 of control time on the ground, but came away with a bruised and battered lead leg and ultimately couldn’t maintain enough momentum to sway the judge’s scorecards.

It’s not common for a champion to call out their next opponent, but Adesanya knows who he wants next and called out Jared Cannonier, who defeated Derek Brunson earlier in the night. Adesanya put the statement out, “if you want it, come get it.”

In the co-main event, Tai Tuivasa KO’d Heavyweight contender Derrick Lewis with a vicious elbow, slumping The Black Beast and knocking him completely unconscious. Earlier in the night, Renato Moicano recorded his 9th submission win and his second-straight RNC finish. In total, there were 4 submission finishes, including Kyler Phillips’ armbar from triangle and Douglas Silva de Andrade’s RNC for an unbelievable comeback win.


Israel Adesanya def. Robert Whittaker via Unanimous Decision

Tai Tuivasa def. Derrick Lewis via KO

Jared Cannonier def. Derek Brunson via TKO

Renato Moicano def. Alexander Hernandez via Submission(RNC)

Bobby Green def. Nasrat Haqparast via Unanimous Decision

// PRELIMS // 

Andrei Arlovski def. Jared Vanderaa via Split Decision

Casey O’Neill def. Roxanne Modafferi via Split Decision

Kyler Phillips def. Marcelo Rojo via Submission(Armbar from triangle)

Carlos Ulberg def. Fabio Cherant via Unanimous Decision

Ronnie Lawrence def. Mana Martinez via Unanimous Decision

Jacob Malkoun def. AJ Dobson via Unanimous Decision

Douglas Silva de Andrade def. Sergey Morozov via Submission(RNC)

Jeremiah Wells def. Blood Diamond via Submission(RNC)

Maxim Grishin def. William Knight via Unanimous Decision


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