UFC 236 Results
- Brandon Davis def. Randy Costa by 2nd round submission (RNC)
- Poliana Botelho def. Lauren Mueller by unanimous decision
- Montel Jackson def. Andre Soukhamthath by unanimous decision
- Belal Muhammad def. Curtis Millender by unanimous decision
- Khalid Taha def. Boston Salmon by 1st round TKO
- Max Griffin def. Zelim Imadaev by majority decision
- Alexandre Pantoja def. Wilson Reis by 1st round TKO
- Matt Frevola def. Jalin Turner by unanimous decision
- Nikita Krylov def. Ovince Saint Preux by 2nd round submission (RNC)
- Dwight Grant def. Alan Jouban by split decision
- Khalil Roundtree Jr. def. Eryk Anders by unanimous decision
- Israel Adesanya def. Kelvin Gastelum by unanimous decision
- Dustin Poirier def. Max Holloway by unanimous decision
In the main event Dustin Poirier won the Interim Lightweight Championship as he took down favorite Max Holloway. In his last fight, Holloway looked almost unbeatable at Featherweight against Brian Ortega. However Lightweight is a whole different animal because it is the most stacked division in the UFC. Poirier proved this in the first round as he came out landing hay makers, and had Holloway on the ropes constantly in what was a 10-8 round in my opinion. It was much of the same in the second round when Poirier landed some more bombs and he seemed to be in complete control. Holloway was hurt by all of these shots, but he kept pushing forward like always and the tide started to turn a little as he picked up the volume in the 3rd round. Poirier even admitted after the fight that it was “slipping away” from him at that point. Poirier responded well though as the 4th round was very close and could have gone either way. In the 5th round Dustin seemed to take control for the most part and eventually won the round and the title. Poirier is next in line for current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, while Holloway has many options. Holloway could go back down to defend his title at Featherweight or he could stay at Lightweight, but either way we know that he will be back strong.
Israel Adesanya continued his quick rise to stardom as he went to war against Kelvin Gastelum in a 5 round classic. Some have already come out and said that’s the greatest fight they have ever seen. In the first round Adesanya was dropped early and Gastelum looked good while inside the pocket. In the second it was the exact opposite as Gastelum got caught with a right hand that put him down. The 3rd and 4th rounds were back and fourth battles and going into the 5th round it was 2-2. This is when Adesanya started to really adjust and take over completely. He dropped Gastelum many times in this round, but Gastelum would not give up and he held on just until the bell. Many would say that this is the night that Israel Adesanya became a star because he faced adversity early and responded well. After about 14 months in the organization Adesanya is already a champion which is really incredible. His rise has been quick and the hype is 100% real around him. His next fight will be against Current Champion Robert Whittaker, likely in Australia where the 2 are stars close to their home country, New Zealand.
After a up and down UFC career Khalil Roundtree Jr. showed a new version of himself at UFC 236 on Saturday as he dominated Eryk Anders. Roundtree slowly chopped down the legs of Anders and just outclassed him. In the 2nd round he knocked down Anders 4 times, and the referee came very close to stopping the fight. He went on to win a easy decision in what was truly an impressive performance. Roundtree spent the last few weeks in Thailand training Muay Thai, and it clearly paid off as his kicks were very sharp. Throughout the fight, Anders was in trouble because of the numerous inside leg kicks he was taking. If Roundtree can remain consistent and keep improving he will be a very intriguing contender at Light Heavyweight.
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