The UFC returned to California for the primary time since earlier than anybody knew what COVID even meant for UFC 270, with two basic championship fights. First, Deiveson Figueiredo took the UFC Flyweight Championship belt again from Brandon Moreno of their third bout towards one another, after which Ngannou retained his UFC Heavyweight Championship over Ciryl Gane in one of the vital weird and anticipated heavyweight title fights of all time.
In fact, there was additionally loads of different motion over the course of the night time, and SPIN was on the Honda Heart in Anaheim for all 11 fights. Right here’s The Greatest, The Mess & The Remainder of every part that went down on Saturday night time.
Vanessa Demopoulos — Simply the second combat of the cardboard already noticed a possible Struggle of the Evening contender. Silvana Gomez Juarez dropped Vanessa Demopoulos with an enormous proper hand, just for Demopoulos to come back again and submit Juarez with a slick armbar after surviving on the bottom for a bit. After her first UFC win, Demopoulos earned some further followers with an especially excited post-fight interview ending together with her leaping into the arms of an unsuspecting Joe Rogan. Speaking to the media later within the night, the 7-4 fighter admitted she “awoke on the bottom” and has no recollection of the strikes she survived — after which credited her background as an unique dancer for her skill to do the splits and a few of her jiu jitsu prowess.
Bruce Buffer’s Gold Jacket — UFC in-ring announcer Bruce Buffer just about all the time appears to be like nice, however his brilliant gold jacket for the UFC’s first return to the Golden State since August 2019 was significantly acceptable and classy. Buffer’s closet have to be brighter than most Las Vegas casinos at this level, and it actually doesn’t really feel like a significant UFC occasion with out seeing what he has in retailer every time.
Two Title Fights — Numerous the large UFC pay-per-views lately function two title fights, and it’s most likely the very best resolution the corporate’s made in years with regards to making certain a high quality night time of fights each day out. Gone are the times of 1 dud title combat ruining an evening, and UFC 270 was no exception. Having Mexico’s favourite MMA son Brandon Moreno’s first title protection in Southern California was a genius transfer, and coupling it with one of many greatest heavyweight fights in UFC historical past was a surefire solution to make extra informal followers care in regards to the flyweights as properly. Figueiredo reclaimed the belt towards Moreno in an incredible back-and-forth battle (establishing the primary tetralogy in UFC historical past) and that made up for the 25-minute puzzle that was Ngannou-Gane.
Stunning Followers — Look, the followers at an MMA occasion are all the time a combined bag. You may see a combat get away one minute, a dance battle the subsequent, and folks consuming beer out of sneakers by the top of the night time. However not solely had been the followers out in full power for the 2 championship fights on the finish of the night time, the stands had been already filling in surprisingly early for the primary few preliminary bouts. Perhaps individuals had been simply desperate to get again to a reside occasion since they’ve develop into a lot much less widespread the final couple of years — or maybe there have been simply extra buddies, households and diehard followers of the fighters current — however for a card that critically lacked excessive rankings and starpower exterior of the final two matchups, the viewers was nonetheless ready to benefit from the full six hours of fights.
Michel Pereira vs. Andre Fialho — Each time Michel Pereira fights, you recognize it’s going to be a present. Will he ever win a UFC title? Most likely not. However he’s all the time going to throw some insane spinning kicks, superman punches off the cage, and quite a lot of different loopy strikes. So when he will get partnered up with a extra standard boxer, like UFC newcomer Andre Fialho, it’s just about assured fireworks. These two didn’t let anybody down, placing on a 15-minute brawl stuffed with insane moments that raised each of their shares going ahead.
Adjustments and Cancelations — Numerous playing cards have been decimated by COVID cancellations and accidents in current months and UFC 270 acquired hit about as arduous because it might exterior of two championship bouts. After all kinds of opponent adjustments and canceled fights within the weeks main as much as the occasion, UFC 270 misplaced two extra of its most attention-grabbing fights simply hours beforehand. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu legend Rodolfo Vieira’s matchup with Wellington Turman fell aside late within the week and Ilia Topuria pulled out of his bout with Charles Jourdain on the eleventh hour after complaining about his unique opponent pulling out prior. The 11 fights that had been nonetheless scheduled on Saturday night time went off with no hitch, however it might’ve been good to nonetheless have a number of the extra anticipated undercard bouts intact.
Native Employees/Logistics — So far as large-scale reside occasions go, the UFC is mostly higher than most different huge names. Whereas most sports activities leagues are used to internet hosting occasions at their groups’ stadiums, the UFC places on exhibits everywhere in the planet usually with much more effectivity and fewer scandal than one thing like Reside Nation. Likewise, the Honda Heart is mostly a fairly good place for an occasion. Except for internet hosting the Geese for hockey, they’ve had no scarcity of large live shows, fights, and different arena-filling occasions. They have to’ve wanted to rent a complete new workers throughout COVID, as a result of it appeared prefer it was everybody’s first rodeo there. From the police poorly trying to direct visitors into parking tons exterior of the stadium to workers giving conflicting instructions or simply seemingly not realizing data they need to’ve, it was clear that the one individuals who knew what they had been doing was the UFC’s workers. You are able to do higher, Anaheim.
Most Parlays — Playing on MMA fights is all the time a little bit of a crapshoot even in comparison with different sports activities betting. Something can occur in a combat, and choosing a multi-fight parlay is just about a assure that at the very least one of many “assured” matchups you are feeling actually good about will go in precisely the wrong way. Whereas there was no single parlay-buster at UFC 270 like Amanda Nunes shedding at UFC 269, there have been sufficient surprising outcomes, upsets and toss-ups that almost all parlays most likely went the way in which of the dinosaur pretty early within the night time.
UFC NFTs — Actually? Simply actually? The UFC has by no means been an organization to show down a possibility to take extra money from followers, however leaping on the NFT craze in 2022 simply appears somewhat thirsty even for them.
Frank Trigg — Random enjoyable truth: UFC 270 was UFC fighter-turned-referee Frank Trigg’s first MMA look since becoming a member of the Star Wars universe as one of many Gamorrean guards in The Ebook of Boba Fett.
Debuting Fighters — It’s not unusual for a significant UFC occasion to have a couple of fighters making their organizational debut through the early preliminary fights, however UFC 270 had a whopping 8 fighters making their UFC debut, together with two on the principle card. Some seemed nice (like Jack Della Maddalena and Michael Morales) others might’ve used some further time away from the highlight, nevertheless it’s nonetheless spectacular that over a 3rd of the fighters on the cardboard had been entering into the Octagon for the primary time (not counting Dana White’s Contender Collection).
Victor Henry’s Tattoo — MMA fighters have by no means been identified for his or her style in tattoos, however UFC newcomer Victor Henry actually made a splash along with his “Say Uncle” shoulder tattoo. Henry placed on a hell of a efficiency to beat Raoni Barcelos and had MMA legend Josh Barnett as his coach in his nook, however phrases actually can’t describe this beauty.
All-Time Violence Champions — It’s arduous to consider many different UFC champions who’ve had a penchant for violence like Deiveson Figueiredo and Francis Ngannou. Even by MMA requirements, the 2 of them will all the time be among the many most violent finishers to ever maintain their belts (at reverse ends of the scale spectrum), up there with guys like Robbie Lawler. Clearly, they went into UFC 270 in numerous situations and had very totally different fights, however spotlight reels will most certainly look kindly upon each of them for an extended, very long time — even when the combat towards Gane solely added a strong slam to his highlights.