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Another great night of fighting is in the books, and, man, what an amazing show! Everything from earth shattering knockouts, a spectacular submission to a true showing of domination. UFC 250 delivered everything a fight fan would want, here is the breakdown of what went down in Las Vegas, Nevada tonight.
Sean O’Malley def. Eddie Wineland via KO(punch). Round 1(1:54)
Oh. My. Goodness. The hype is real. The “Suga Show” is live and in living color. For however crazy and wild O’Malley looks or acts in the buildup to a fight, when he is inside the octagon, he is calm and looking to put his opponent on the ground. He did just that. A beautiful right hand punch is all it took for O’Malley to get the walk-off knockout. Expect to see a number next to O’Malley’s name after tonight, and expect to him title contention in future.
Neil Magny def. Anthony Rocco Martin via unanimous decision
The fight was fairly even in the first two rounds, but once the third round came, it was complete control and a dominant closeout by Magny. Martin was visibly gassed and worn out for the entire third round. While Magny, on the other hand, looked like he could go another three rounds. His cardio and pace were top notch in this fight. It went to the judges’ scorecards where they scored the fight 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28. Magny walked out with the unanimous decision victory.
Aljamain Sterling def. Cory Sandhagen via submission(rear-naked choke). Round 1(1:28)
What an impressive performance for the “Funk Master”. Sterling was able to take Sandhagen’s back early in the first round. Once Sterling got Sandhagen down, he kept him there and sunk in the rear naked choke for the win. This was a dominant win for Sterling, and a statement-making performance that puts him at the top of the list for a shot at the bantamweight title.
Co-main event: Cody Garbrandt def. Raphael Assuncao via KO(punch). Round 2(4:59)
Coming into the fight, even though he was considered the favorite, it felt like Garbrandt had his back against the wall after losing his last three fights. However, “No Love” is back and looks better than ever. He was faster, smarter and better. To top it all off, he connected with a beautiful right hook literally as the horn sounded at the end of round two. Garbrandt is looking good and could find his way back to the top of the bantamweight rankings in no time.
Main Event: Amanda Nunes def. Felicia Spencer via unanimous decision to retain the UFC Featherweight Championship
Even though it was clear in every single round that Nunes was dominating the fight, a big takeaway is the toughness and strength of Spencer. Even when getting battered, bruised and demolished, she continued to keep going and can leave the fight proud that she went a full five-round fight with the greatest MMA fighter of all time. For Nunes, it’s just another example of how good she really is. Nunes fought a perfect fight, striking, grappling, ground game, she did it all. Who knows where the lioness goes next, but there is no doubt that Amanda Nunes is the best, regardless of gender.