Enthusiasm flares ahead of UFC 269, Nunes-Pena feud dominates procedure
However, there was just over 25 minutes between ‘Diamond’ and immortality. Charles Oliveira will find a way to cling UFC light title fiercely as he clings to his opponent, with 19 of the Brazilian’s 31 wins coming from submission. That said, the jiu-jitsu (31-8) expert has been honing his outstanding skills in recent times, as evidenced by when he took out Michael Chandler in May to claim the undisputed title vacated by Khabib Nurmagomedov last year.
Poirier (28-6), meanwhile, only an interim champion, failed to unify the belts with Khabib two years ago, and he considers the undisputed status as an award. for him to achieve in mixed martial arts. Beaten old rival Conor McGregor twice this year, Poirier is financially equipped for life, but his hunger must rival that of Oliveira, who has won nine consecutive battles – with eight of them posthumous victories. Elsewhere, co-main events see Amanda Nunes defend her bantamweight belt against Julianna Pena, and the rest of the cards at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena are stacked.
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“Come on, Cruz,” was the chant of the crowd.
Munhoz’s nice right hook. Knees well into Cruz’s body.
Cruz dodged a punch and tried to knock down the fence, to no avail.
Alex PattleDecember 12, 2021 02:26
Heavy foot kick from Munhoz, who was showing a cut on the top of his head after a good foul from Cruz.
Cruz lands some great knees up the middle and then dives into the hook!
We can watch 19-19 advance to the final round.
Alex PattleDecember 12, 2021 02:22
This is a very competitive fight. Cruz is a bit reckless at the moment, and the moments where he throws his punches are getting him into a bit of trouble.
He tries a safer approach, rushing in from the range.
Munhoz tried to knock him down, but Cruz dodged.
Alex PattleDecember 12, 2021 02:20
Somehow, Cruz is now the one pushing forward, leaving Munhoz somewhat stunned!
A good rally from the American, and he ended the inning with another good hit!
But the possibility of that round still belongs to Munhoz. It was actually the first stab that injured the former champion.
Alex PattleDecember 12, 2021 02:16
Munhoz’s low kick. Cruz crouched under a high kick – barely.
Good left hand from Cruz to the top. He caught a kick and tried to take it down – but to no avail.
Huge shot from Munhoz! He let Cruz miss and finish!
He knocked Cruz into the fence again, but somehow the former champ survived!
Alex PattleDecember 12, 2021 02:15
Cruz, 36, took a three-and-a-half year hiatus after losing the bantamweight title to Cody Garbrandt in late 2016.
He came back with a championship shot to then-champion Henry Cejudo last May, losing via TKO in the second round.
He then overcame Casey Kenney in a close fight this March to go all the way to 23-3.
Alex PattleDecember 12, 2021 02:09
What follows is a battle worthy of the main card without a doubt.
Bantamweight contender Pedro Munhoz takes on former divisional champion Dominick Cruz.
Alex PattleDecember 12, 2021 02:03
Tai Tuivasa def. Augusto Sakai through the second round knockout (strike, 0:26).
Alex PattleDecember 12, 2021 01:52
KNOCK DOWN! Round 2 begins and Tuivasa quickly dumps it on Sakai.
He throws big punches into the fence and soon Sakai is bent over!
Tuivasa celebrates with a ‘shoe’ on top of the cage!
Alex PattleDecember 12, 2021 01:49
Some clever moves from Tuivasa, but Sakai was able to get close to the Australian and knock out more knees.
Tuivasa responded with punches, then tried to take it down to no avail.
Round 1 in the book. A close frame, maybe only in favor of Tuivasa.
Alex PattleDecember 12, 2021 01:46
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