UFC Vegas 24 Post-topsy: Decisions, decisions and a ‘Reaper’ rising » MixedMartialArts.com

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UFC Vegas 24 was not an occasion to recollect. That isn’t to say it was mired by controversy or lacked a number of noteworthy performances, however it was a card that fully crammed the content material time slot for ESPN. Of the ten fights on the cardboard, 80% ended with Final Preventing Championship public announcer Bruce Buffer studying the choose’s selections. This included three cut up selections and a technical resolution from a knee to the groin. That means most of the bouts lacked definitive winners, and most weren’t fights pulling nominations for the struggle of the night time. Nevertheless, bonuses have been handed out and main statements have been made by a number of. Let’s check out the notables from the night time.

Simply give Whittaker the rattling title shot

In an period the place the UFC usually provides computerized rematches to fallen champions, regardless of the outcome, Robert Whittaker by some means was an exception. Regardless of a middleweight run that simply places him within the dialogue as one of many greats in division historical past, he was despatched to the again of the road after shedding his gold to Israel Adesanya, two years in the past at UFC 243. Being the common-or-garden and soft-spoken elite expertise that he’s, he took his orders and began a brand new climb to the highest.

Over three wins towards top-10 fighters in Darren Until, Jared Cannonier, and final night time towards Kelvin Gastelum, “The Reaper” confirmed past a shadow of a doubt he’s one of the best 185-pound fighter not named Adesanya. In opposition to Until he outpointed a proficient level striker. In Cannonier he derailed the recent streak of a surging expertise within the division, and his victory over Gastelum was clear and definitive. The latter of the three will stand out much more, contemplating Adesanya had a substantial amount of problem overcoming Gastelum at UFC 236. In a struggle that left him badly lumped up and broken. Whittaker had no moments of hazard towards their shared foe.

Underneath completely different circumstances, third-ranked middleweight Marvin Vettori needs to be the person to problem “The Final Stylebender” subsequent. He’s earned it with a powerful five-fight successful streak, and his personal earlier loss to the champ and the next trash speak since is a straightforward promote. Nevertheless, in a world that’s slowly rising from pandemic-related restrictions, a championship rematch between the 2 finest 185-pound fighters within the post-Anderson Silva period, on the top of their powers, is a scrap that may promote out any area on the planet.

Meerschaert and Gravely stood tall in a sea of selections

There have been solely two (that’s proper two!) finishes on the complete 10-fight card at UFC Vegas 24. So it was no shock that each these rivals received the night time’s particular person efficiency bonuses. First, let’s speak Gerald Meerschaert. The 46-fight veteran was in a little bit of a make or broke second in his 14-year profession. Heading into the struggle, he had misplaced 4 of his final six, with the final two being damaging first-round knockouts from Ian Heinisch and Khamzat Chimaev. Together with his job safety probably on the road, “GM3” did what “GM3” does finest, and showcased why he is without doubt one of the finest middleweight grapplers on the planet. Securing his twenty-fourth win by submission and twelfth within the first spherical. The win received’t catapult the 33-year-old into the rankings, however it confirmed why he has caught round within the promotion for 5 years and counting.

The opposite lone end on the night time got here within the occasion’s opener when 21-fight veteran Tony Gravely earned simply his ninth profession end through strikes. The Dana White’s Contender Collection alum used a stress wrestling fashion on Anthony Birchak that saved “El Toro” pondering takedown protection and opened him up for bombs to his high ground. The Virginia native’s pummeling of Birchak was simply forgotten in a wave of selections all through the night time. Nevertheless, his efficiency was deserving of an additional US $50,000 and a struggle additional up the cardboard in his subsequent Octagon outing.

Choices, selections, selections

Exterior of the efficiency bonus winners, a number of different fighters progressed their careers ahead in vital methods. On the primary card, Jacob Malkoun and Tracy Cortez scored unanimous resolution victories with dominant wrestling. The previous completely schooled Abdul Razak Alhassan for 3 rounds throughout an impromptu Australian wrestling clinic. Justin Kish put up extra of a struggle towards Cortez, nevertheless in the long run it wasn’t sufficient to make the choice tough for the judges. The one black mark on the night time for Cortez was her half-pound weight miss the day earlier than and lack of 20% of her purse.

One other notable victory on the cardboard was that of 17-fight veteran Jessica Penne. This was the 38-year-olds first struggle again within the Octagon in 4 years after a controversial USADA suspension value her 20-months, and some failed bookings prolonged her hiatus. Welcoming her again was a robust prospect in Legacy Preventing Alliance strawweight champion Lupita Godinez. The Californian didn’t present many indicators of ring rust in scraping out a hard-fought victory that displayed some artful veteran techniques. Not solely did she get her first win since December 2014, however she additionally ended a three-fight shedding streak. The one shedding skid of her profession.

Bonus checks and attire paydays

4 fighters have been awarded bonuses final night time, and attire payouts have been had below the promotions new uniform partnership with Venum. You’ll find these beneath.

Efficiency Bonus Winners: Gerald Meerschaert & Tony Gravely

Struggle of the Evening Bonus Winners: Robert Whittaker & Kelvin Gastelum

UFC Promotional Pointers Compliance Pay Whole: US $169,5000

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