5 greatest winners from UFC Vegas 22: Derek Brunson vs Kevin Holland

UFC Vegas 22: Derek Brunson vs Kevin Holland definitely wasn’t a present brief on motion.

Regardless of plenty of fights getting cancelled, this present turned out to be one of many higher UFC playing cards up to now in 2021. And naturally, meaning there have been plenty of massive winners on present, too, fighters who will now look to climb the ladder additional of their respective UFC divisions.

On that notice, listed here are the 5 greatest winners from UFC Vegas 22: Derek Brunson vs Kevin Holland.

#1 Derek Brunson – beat Kevin Holland in UFC Vegas 22’s fundamental occasion

After defeating Kevin Holland, could Derek Brunson once again be in UFC title contention?
After defeating Kevin Holland, might Derek Brunson as soon as once more be in UFC title rivalry?

Final night time’s fundamental occasion noticed a variety of hype round rising UFC Middleweight star Kevin Holland.

‘The Trailblazer’ was coming off 5 wins in 2020, together with a knockout of veteran Jacare Souza. Nevertheless, final night time’s showdown with Derek Brunson was his greatest take a look at thus far. However as soon as once more, Brunson confirmed why he’s most likely the hardest gatekeeper within the UFC Middleweight division.

Brunson labored out early on that he might take Holland down and management him from the highest whereas largely beating him up. Holland did have some success, taking Brunson down at one level and touchdown some good punches within the second spherical.

Nevertheless, he simply didn’t appear centered sufficient to win, placing on an odd efficiency that noticed him extra concerned about speaking trash than really hurting Brunson.

Ultimately, Brunson comfortably ran out the winner. Whereas he didn’t cease Holland, he did present he’s nonetheless acquired quite a bit to supply, perhaps whilst an unlikely UFC title challenger within the close to future.

#2 Max Griffin – defeated Tune Kenan

Max Griffin capitalised on his co-main event opportunity with a knockout.
Max Griffin capitalised on his co-main occasion alternative with a knockout.

Final night time’s most brutal knockout belonged to Max Griffin, who despatched Tune Kenan crashing into the Octagon fence with a violent one-two within the first spherical of their combat.

Positive, ‘Max Ache’ didn’t have to drop a follow-up shot on the unconscious Tune, however you may’t blame him for being fired up. Nonetheless, this was his second UFC win in a row by knockout, and it additionally confirmed he was keen to know a chance thrown to him.

Griffin’s combat with Tune wasn’t initially purported to be the co-main occasion – the cancelled Gregor Gillespie vs Brad Riddell combat was – however when it was elevated into the slot, it was essential that at the least one of many two males delivered.

Griffin did, and now he’ll rightfully climb the ladder a bit of additional within the UFC Welterweight division.

#3 Tai Tuivasa – defeated Harry Hunsucker

Tai Tuivasa dealt with a tricky situation in entertaining fashion by KO
Tai Tuivasa handled a difficult state of affairs in entertaining trend by KO’ing Harry Hunsucker.

We’ve seen on loads of events – notably through the COVID-19 pandemic – {that a} UFC fighter may be in a no-win state of affairs in the event that they’re confronted with a late-notice opponent.

Tai Tuivasa discovered himself in that state of affairs final night time. Confronted with UFC debutant Harry Hunsucker after Don’Story Mayes dropped out, the Australian primarily wanted to win early and by KO to impress each the followers and the UFC’s brass.

Fortunately, ‘Bam Bam’ did simply that, coping with Hunsucker in seconds with just a few violent leg kicks and an enormous proper hand to the temple.

Is Tuivasa a contender following the win? In all probability not. We nonetheless don’t know if he has closed the holes in his floor sport, and he nonetheless didn’t essentially look in the very best bodily form.

Nevertheless, confronted with a no-win state of affairs, ‘Bam Bam’ handled issues completely – after which downed a beer from a shoe on the present’s post-fight press convention. What’s to not love?

#4 Macy Chiasson – defeated Marion Reneau

Macy Chiasson picked up the biggest win of her UFC career over Marion Reneau last night.
Macy Chiasson picked up the most important win of her UFC profession over Marion Reneau final night time.

Arguably the night time’s greatest combat general was the ultimate prelim bout between UFC Bantamweights Macy Chiasson and Marion Reneau.

After a powerful begin from Reneau, it was Chiasson who ended up edging the combat. She harm the Belizean veteran on quite a few instances within the second spherical after which edged the third spherical along with her extra telling offence.

Chiasson – who gained TUF 28 again in 2018 – is likely one of the extra attention-grabbing prospects within the UFC’s Bantamweight division, because of her distinctive dimension and size. However previous to final night time, she had by no means actually lived as much as the hype all that a lot.

Her win over Reneau, although, is her greatest within the UFC up to now – even when Reneau is previous her prime – and will stand as a turning level in Chiasson’s profession. That alone makes her one in all final night time’s greatest winners.

#5 Grant Dawson – defeated Leonardo Santos

Grant Dawson
Grant Dawson’s win over Leonardo Santos ought to make him a person to be feared within the UFC’s Featherweight division.

Grant Dawson got here into final night time’s conflict with Leonardo Santos as one of many night time’s larger underdogs. That was primarily as a result of Santos – who debuted within the UFC again in 2013 – was but to style defeat within the Octagon.

That modified final night time, although, making anybody who doubted Dawson really feel a bit silly. The combat was largely a back-and-forth one, however by the point the third spherical got here round, it was clear that Dawson was the more energizing man.

Whereas he was unable to submit the credentialed grappler with an arm triangle choke, he finally destroyed him with punches from the highest, bouncing his head off the bottom and knocking out his mouthpiece.

Dawson is now 5-0 within the UFC; whereas he isn’t but in title rivalry, he’s clearly a person to be careful for within the Featherweight division.

Anticipate a serious step up for Dawson in his subsequent entry into the UFC Octagon. That is as a result of, after this combat, he has undoubtedly earned that. A top-15 opponent ought to be subsequent for Grant Dawson, and if he can win there, the sky can be his absolute restrict.

Printed 21 Mar 2021, 15:49 IST

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