UFC 250 delivered a fantastic card at UFC APEX as Amanda Nunes kept her belt. We review all the action from Nevada, which included some insane knockouts.
Can anyone stop the GOAT?
Amanda Nunes (Brazil) def. Felicia Spencer (Canada) by decision to retain the UFC Women’s Featherweight Title.
The Brazilian cruised to a unanimous decision to become the first UFC fighter to defend belts in two divisions whilst holding both belts. Felicia Spencer battled hard, showed the heart of a champion, but was outclassed and out skilled throughout all five rounds. Cuts to her head and inability to defend herself several times raised questions about whether her corner would throw in the towel. Nunes made a title bout look like a sparring session, and could have easily gone a few more rounds.
Even when trying desperately to take the fight to the ground, Amanda Nunes controlled the Canadian on the floor with the hard elbows. At a 2/13 favourite, Amanda Nunes did not suffer the upset we thought Felicia Spencer could pull off. The former virtual maths teacher Spencer was an appealing 9/2 underdog heading into this title bout.
“No Love” Garbrandt with Knockout of the Year contender
Cody Garbrandt (USA) def. Raphael Assuncao (Brazil) by KO in the UFC Bantamweight Division.
After an unbeaten start to his MMA professional career stretching to 11 wins, Garbrandt came into this bout on a three-fight losing run. He faced a veteran in Raphael Assuncao who had put away T.J. Dillashaw and fellow UFC 250 Main Card fighter Aljamain Sterling in his lengthy career. Known for his fast speed, the American looked very strong in the opening round, forcing Assuncao to close the distance.
Just before the bell at the end of the second round, Cody Garbrant swung a huge bomb against the cage, landing clean on the Brazilian. He left Assuncao rocked and the 37-year-old could not even sit on the stool properly several seconds after doctors entered the cage. The 4/6 favourite Garbrandt got the victory we thought the 29-year-old could get to start his potentially quick run to a title shot.
All aboard the O’Malley hype train
Sean O’Malley (USA) def. Eddie Wineland (USA) by KO in the UFC Bantamweight Division.
Sugar Sean O’Malley’s crazy hair colours were not the most extraordinary thing about this fight. The unbeaten star, who is gathering a serious fan base behind him, pulled off one of the greatest walk off KOs ever. The young Bantamweight prospect’s persona in the octagon helped to make light work of Wineland. He looked extremely comfortable once again. Less than two minutes into the first round, he put veteran Wineland to the canvas with the cleanest and most satisfying knockout punch then nonchalantly walked away.
Expecting a kick, the low guarded Wineland struggled to move moments after being caught by the Sugar Show’s right hand. O’Malley is now 12-0 and will look to get himself a ranking if he can continue this winning streak. He claimed he has the best striking in the UFC after the fight, a substantial claim for the potential future star.
Other Highlights from UFC 250
- Cody Stamann defeated Brian Kelleher in the Featherweight Division after Stamann suffered the loss of his younger brother.
- Conor McGregor announced his retirement from fighting for the third-time via Twitter shortly after the Nunes vs Spencer bout.
- Bantamweight number 2 ranked contender Aljamain Sterling defeated Cory Sandhagen by rear-naked choke to push his case for a title shot.
UFC 250 Preliminary Card Results
Catchweight: Herbert Burns def. Evan Dunham by Submission.
Light Heavyweight: Devin Clark def. Alonzo Menifield by Decision.
Flyweight: Alex Perez def. Jussier Formiga by KO/TKO.
Middleweight: Maki Pitolo def. Charles Byrd by KO/TKO.
Featherweight: Cody Stamann def. Brian Kelleher Decision.
Middleweight: Ian Heinsch def. Gerald Meerschaert by KO/TKO.
Featherweight: Alex Caceres def. Chase Hooper by Decision.
UFC 250 Main Card Results
Bantamweight: Sean O’Malley def. Eddie Wineland by KO/TKO.
Welterweight: Neil Magny vs Anthony Rocco Martin by Decision.
Bantamweight: Aljamain Sterling def. Cory Sandhagen by Submission.
Bantamweight: Cody Garbrandt def. Raphael Assuncao by KO/TKO.
Women’s Featherweight Title: Amanda Nunes (C) def. Felicia Spencer by Decision.
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