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UFC Vegas 21 outcomes: Edwards eye poke ends in no contest
March 14, 2021
The UFC Vegas 21 outcomes have been dotted with a number of spectacular knockouts. They have been overshadowed, nevertheless, by two bouts ending in a no contest, together with the principle occasion.
UFC Vegas 21 outcomes: Leon Edwards eye poke stops bout with Belal Muhammad
Leon Edwards was out of the combat sport for nearly two years, however was poised to earn a title shot at UFC Vegas 21 on Saturday night time. The combat didn’t go wherever close to the way in which he hoped, and certain left his bid for a shot at welterweight champion Kamaru Usman unfulfilled.
Edwards and Muhammad have been each throwing with intent straight out of the gate. It was Edwards that landed the primary exhausting pictures. However it was a pair head kicks halfway by means of the spherical that rocked Muhammad, who was briefly on wobbly legs.
He clinched Edwards on the fence lengthy sufficient to get better, however was bleeding round his proper ear, possible from one of many head kicks.
Edwards landed with a number of extra exhausting punches within the last minute of the primary body, retaining Muhammad on the defensive.
The combat was stopped when Edwards, who had landed a minor eye poke within the first spherical, landed an unintentional, however rather more extreme eye poke in spherical two.
Muhammad’s eye instantly swelled from the poke, main referee Herb Dean to shortly wave off the combat.
Earlier than the official consequence was learn, Edwards met Muhammad in the course of the Octagon, instantly apologizing
“To start with, I apologize to Belal. I’d fairly a loss than that. I used to be heartbroken,” Edwards reiterated in his post-fight interview.
“What now? It’s been a protracted 12 months and a half. To come back again to that, I’m simply heartbroken.”
Misha Cirkunov vs. Ryan Spann
Ryan Spann made fast work of Misha Cirkunov within the UFC Vegas 21 co-main occasion.
The 2 fighters exchanged some heavy punches earlier than Cirkunov landed a kick to the groin that induced a short pause within the motion. As soon as they began up once more, Spann ate a shot earlier than cracking Cirkunov, sending him to the canvas.
Spann adopted him to the canvas, however when it wasn’t clear he may end there, he pressured Cirkunov to return to his toes. A short while later, Spann dropped Cirkunov once more, this time ending him with an onslaught of hammerfists.
Following the combat, Spann referred to as out the winner of the upcoming bout between Anthony Smith and Jimmy Crute.
Dan Ige drops Gavin Tucker with one punch
Calvin Kattar might have stopped Dan Ige’s six-fight profitable streak, however he was fast to begin a brand new one together with his 22-second end of Gavin Tucker at UFC Vegas 21.
The bout had solely simply gotten underway when Ige stepped ahead with a proper hand that landed on the primary change, dropping Tucker to the canvas.
After the combat, Ige referred to as out Chan Sung Jung, the Korean Zombie.
Davey Grant builds momentum with second consecutive knockout
Davey Grant is now on a three-fight profitable streak after scoring his second consecutive knockout with a blistering end of Jonathan Martinez.
The combat was forwards and backwards by means of the primary spherical, Martinez landed brutal low kicks, whereas Grant was blasting away with heavy punches. Simply because the spherical wore down, Martinez landed an enormous punch that despatched Grant to the canvas, although he couldn’t discover a technique to end.
In spherical two, Grant landed a left hook that put Martinez on the canvas and adopted with a pair proper palms earlier than the referee stopped the combat.
Matheus Nicolau returns with a slim victory
Matheus Nicolau left the UFC following a loss to Dustin Ortiz in 2018. At the moment, the flyweight division was on life assist. Having gained two fights outdoors the promotion, he returned with a slim victory over Manel Kape.
Nicolau had a strong first spherical, threatening with a guillotine choke. Kape, nevertheless, confirmed shades of the abilities that made him a Rizin FF champion in Japan, lighting Nicolau up with blazing quick palms within the second spherical.
The third body was an in depth one. Although Kape continued together with his punching assault, he blended in a number of exhausting knees that had Nicolau rocked. The Brazilian in some way dug deep and answered again, doing sufficient within the eyes of two of the judges to earn a split-decision nod.
Eryk Anders unlawful knee leads to no contest
Petr Yan landed an unlawful knee on Aljamain Sterling at UFC 259 and it price him the UFC bantamweight championship. Eryk Anders did the identical to Darren Stewart at UFC Vegas 21, nevertheless it resulted in a no contest.
How can that be? Easy, referee Mark Smith dominated Yan’s unlawful knee an intentional act. Herb Dean, the referee on Saturday night time, dominated that Anders’s knee strike, although unlawful, was unintentional.
As such, with the combat nonetheless being throughout the first spherical, it was dominated a no contest. If they’d accomplished two of the three rounds, they may have gone to the scorecards to see if one or the opposite fighter was forward when the bout was stopped.
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UFC Vegas 21 Outcomes
UFC Vegas 21 Essential Card
Welterweight Bout: Leon Edwards vs Belal Muhammad dominated a no contest (unlawful eye poke) at 0:18, R2
Mild Heavyweight Bout: Ryan Spann def Misha Cirkunov by TKO (punches) at 1:11, R1
Featherweight Bout: Dan Ige def Gavin Tucker by knockout (punch) at 0:22, R1
Bantamweight Bout: Davey Grant def Jonathan Martinez by knockout (punches) at 3:03, R2
Flyweight Bout: Matheus Nicolau def Manel Kape by break up choice (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Middleweight Bout: Eryk Anders vs Darren Stewart dominated a no contest (unlawful knee) at 4:37, R1
UFC Vegas 21 Prelims
Ladies’s Strawweight Bout: Angela Hill def Ashley Yoder by unanimous choice (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Featherweight Bout: Charles Jourdain def Marcelo Rojo by TKO (punches) at 4:31, R3
Bantamweight Bout: Rani Yahya def Ray Rodriguez by submission (arm triangle choke) at 3:09, R2