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UFC Las Vegas: Results, highlights

The UFC action landed in Las Vegas playing host to a jam-packed card that was headlined by number one welterweight contender Tyron Woodley taking on rising star Gilbert Burns.Fight fans have moved past the spectacle of fights being held in front of empty stands with the fights more than living up to the billing and…

The UFC action landed in Las Vegas playing host to a jam-packed card that was headlined by number one welterweight contender Tyron Woodley taking on rising star Gilbert Burns.

Fight fans have moved past the spectacle of fights being held in front of empty stands with the fights more than living up to the billing and plenty of highlight finishes on offer.

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In the main event it was Burns who showed just how serious of a fighter he is in the welterweight division as he dismantled Woodley over five rounds and put his name in the ring for a title shot against Kamaru Usman.

Recap all the action from the fights here.

EXPLOSIVE START FOR RISING STAR

Gilbert Burns has shown he is the real deal with a destructive opening round against the former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley as he rocked him with a monstrous right hand that floored Woodley.

The former champ was sent sprawling to the canvas and Burns quickly jumped on top of his opponent and began throwing down heavy shots as a deep cut opened over the left eye of Woodley.

Woodley managed to get back to his feet, but it was all Burns in the opening round.

Burns continued the onslaught as the fight went on with the Brazilian star just proving too strong in every single facet of the fight, leaving Woodley struggling to come up with any answer as he spent the majority of the fight with his back on the cage.

As the fight entered the fifth round, Woodley attempted to let his hands go and try steal the fight but it was Burns who got the job done and has now put the rest of the welterweight division on notice with his sixth straight victory.

For Woodley, the number one contender entering the bout, his hopes of reclaiming his welterweight championship took a major hit as Burns proved he’s the real deal and called out his teammate and current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman for a title shot.

“Come on, my name has got to be the No. 1 contender. Those guys that make the rankings, don’t play around. I will see my name their Tuesday as the No. 1 contender,” Burns said.

“I love the champ, my training partner Kamaru Usman, but give me the shot.”

The numbers from the fight show just how dominant the performance was from Burns against one of the greatest welterweight’s to ever step foot inside the Octagon. Burns landed 76 significant strikes compared to Woodley’s 29 and held control on the ground for just under five minutes compared to Woodley’s two seconds.

‘WHAT ON EARTH’: FIGHTER’S BRAINFADE

Spike Carlyle burst out of the gates and was in complete control of his main event fight against Billy Quarantillo for 99 per cent of the opening round.

As he dominated Quarantillo both on the feet and on the ground, Carlyle looked in complete control but a brain fade right before the end of the round left fans watching on in complete disbelief.

With seconds remaining, Carlyle simply stood up from the ground and began to walk back to his team, unaware the buzzer hadn’t sounded and the mistake saw him eat a big left hand from Quarantillo that dropped him as the buzzer sounded.

Fight fans and the UFC commentators couldn’t believe the insane lapse in memory.

The fight managed to go the distance in what many have easily labelled the Fight of the Night as both men traded heavy shots right through until the final buzzer.

In the end, despite a blistering first round, it was Quarantillo who had his hand raised with a unanimous decision victory.

DERN’S HISTORIC DOMINATION

A back and forth opening round saw Mackenzie Dern and Hannah Cifers trade blows, but as soon as Dern hit the canvas the momentum of the fight changed.

Cifers held the early edge, but Dern took full advantage and grabbed hold of Cifers’ left leg and wrapped her body around like a python and secured the kneebar finish.

The phenomenal finish puts Dern into the UFC record books as she becomes the first woman in a UFC fight to secure a kneebar submission victory.

“I went to the Jiu Jitsu. And Jiu Jitsu, of course, is always going to save me,” Dern said after the fight.

HOLLYWOOD STAR’S PRAISE FOR ‘FIRE’ TKO

Jamahal Hill wasn’t in the mood to mess around on Sunday in Las Vegas as he sprung from his corner at the opening bell and put Klidson Abreu on the backfoot early.

Hill landed big shot after big shot before a hellacious knee to the midsection sent Abreu crumbling to the canvas. A few more punches was enough for referee Herb Dean to jump in and wave the fight off.

But it was after the fight where Hill was left speechless when Daniel Cormier informed him his domination had captured the attention of Hollywood star, Halle Berry.

Berry was so impressed with the picture perfect display put on by Hill she texted UFC boss Dana White and showered the light heavyweight star with praise.

UFC STAR’S LEGS STOP WORKING

Chris Gutierrez belted Vince Morales until he could no longer stand in a brutal opening to today’s UFC event in Las Vegas.

Gutierrez finished Morales off in the second round courtesy of a barrage of leg kicks that crippled the 29-year-old.

The win was Gutierrez’s 10th finish by way of leg kicks in his UFC career as he executed the strategy to violent perfection in the first fight on the preliminary card.

Morales’ legs copped a battering in the opening round and although he tried to fight on he never stood a chance. Gutierrez sniffed blood and maintained the rage, forcing the referee to jump in and call the fight off in the second when Morales suffered one blow too many and fell to the canvas.

Commentator Daniel Cormier said: “Holy smokes, Chris Gutierrez put on a performance from start to finish”

Fellow caller and UFC great Michael Bisping added: “That was technically perfect in every fashion.”

MAIN CARD

Gilbert Burns defeated Tyron Woodley via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-44 x2)

Augusto Sakai defeated Blagoy Ivanov via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)

Billy Quarantillo defeated Spike Carlyle via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

Roosevelt Roberts defeated Brok Weaver via submission (R2, 3:26)

Mackenzie Dern defeated Hannah Cifers via submission (R1, 2:36)

PRELIMINARY CARD

Katlyn Chookagian defeated Antonina Shevchenko via unanimous decision (30-25 x3)

Daniel Rodriguez defeated Gabriel Green via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

Jamahal Hill defeated Klidson Abreu via TKO (R1, 1:51)

Brandon Royval defeated Tim Elliott via submission (R2, 3:18)

Casey Kenney defeated Louis Smolka via submission (R2, 3:03)

Chris Gutierrez defeated Vince Morales via TKO (R2, 4:27)



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