UFC 242 had a plethora of action on Saturday night in Abu Dhabi. Everything from a TKO knockout, a submission victory, and a controversial split decision win. The co-main event between Paul Felder and Edson Barboza went the distance but ended in some controversy. The main event with Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier ended earlier than expected but was still able to jam a lot of action into it. Here we’ll take a look at what went down and analyze what to look for next after this event.
Co-Main: Paul Felder Defeats Edson Barboza via split decision
Edson Barboza vs. Paul Felder was a tough fought contest for both fighters, both were putting all they had into this fight to hopefully move up in the rankings. After the final horn rang out, most people had the fight going to Barboza for the victory, but the crowd, as well as everyone else watching the event, were shocked to hear Bruce Buffer announce the winner by split decision was Paul Felder. Barboza looked to have won at least two of the rounds during the fight, but the judges apparently saw it a different way. Barboza was, of course, upset at the result of the fight, but his camp was even more upset from the aftermath. It has been reported that Barboza’s fight camp is looking to appeal the decision from UFC 242. There has not been word yet on what an appeal will do for both fighters, but it is definitely something to keep an eye on in the future.
Main Event: Khabib Defeats Poirier via Submission
The Main Event of UFC 242 had a bunch of drama inside the cage. Poirier was his usual self, giving his all to prove that he is one of the top lightweights in the world and fought with so much heart and determination. While Khabib stuck to what made him undefeated, taking his opponent down and wearing them out throughout the fight. Poirier was able to get some shots in when he could, he tagged Khabib a few times in the standup game, and even put Khabib in a tight Guillotine choke that almost gave him the title. Khabib somehow was able to slip out of it and went right back onto the attack. The third round was the turning point for Nurmagomedov, he took Poirier down and sunk in a rear-naked choke and got the submission win.
A great thing to see after the fight was the respect shown by both fighters. The two fighters hugged and shook hands after the ref called the fight, which is a big difference from what went down after Khabib’s last fight. Both showed class and mutual admiration for each other and was a really great way to end the night.
What Happens Next?
As for where we go from here after this night of fights, UFC President Dana White has already announced that Tony Ferguson will be next in line for a title shot against Khabib, but that’s only if Ferguson accepts the fight. Ferguson last fought in June of this year, beating Donald Cerrone, and if he accepts the fight against Khabib, fans will finally get the fight they have been waiting for. If for some reason though, Ferguson does not get the fight, Dana White has stated that Conor McGregor will get a shot at revenge against Khabib in a rematch for the lightweight championship. Only time will tell what the UFC decides to do with the options they have for the lightweight division, and there will no doubt be great things to come with “The Eagle” returning to dominance.
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