The real winners and losers of UFC on ESPN 38 | Launderer’s report

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    Call it the calm of premium cable before the storm of pay-per-view.

    A week before the UFC 276 extravaganza took place a few miles away at T-Mobile Arena, the mixed martial arts conglomerate was in Fight Night mode on Saturday with a 12-fight card from its headquarters. social Apex in Las Vegas.

    Two fights matching ranked contenders dominated a six-fight main show that was broadcast live by ESPN with a team of Michael Bisping, Paul Felder and Brendan Fitzgerald at the announce table and Megan Olivi working the rest of the room with breaking news and reports.

    The B/R combat sports team was able to figure it all out and put together a definitive list of card winners and losers.

    Scroll down to see what we found and leave a thought or two in the comments section.

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    It wasn’t the fight or knockout thing of the year.

    So if you’re looking for exciting YouTube highlights, take our advice and don’t bother.

    But if you’re a high-speed chess fan with a violent aim, the main event between closely ranked lightweights Arman Tsarukyan and Mateusz Gamrot was a good watch.

    “It’s like watching a Tasmanian Devil cartoon, but they don’t just roll around like maniacs,” Bisping said. “It’s calculated madness.”

    Indeed, the 11th and 12th ranked 155-pounders went back and forth with punches, kicks, takedowns and grapple exchanges for 25 minutes before Gamrot was awarded a unanimous decision by tying scores from 48 to 47 in all areas.

    B/R saw the same, giving Gamrot the final three rounds after Tsarukyan won the first two.

    “In this game you have to be confident,” Gamrot said. “It was a very tough fight. I’m ready for every guy in the division.”

    Gamrot came in with three straight wins after a loss in his UFC debut two years ago and did his best work on the court, scoring six takedowns and running nearly five minutes in control time.

    The constant jamming gradually compromised Tsarukyan, who had never gone beyond three rounds in 20 professional fights. Gamrot had two fights in five rounds and finished one fight in four rounds before coming to the UFC.

    Tsarukyan, who landed bigger, overall strikes, fell to his knees when the verdict was announced and was visibly upset as he spoke with Bisping.

    “I don’t know what happened. This camp was very good. I had to show a better fight than this,” he said. “It was my first five-round fight, and it was tough. I’ll learn from my mistakes and come back better. But I thought I won three rounds. I can watch it again, and maybe I’ll understand .”

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    Shavkat Rakhmonov was all-in on streaks.

    He entered Saturday’s co-main event with Neal Magny having won 15 straight fights, all by finishes. This included one of the longest active streaks in the UFC welterweight division (3) and one of the longest active finishing streaks in the entire promotion (3).

    And he’s shown no definite signs of letting those streaks end anytime soon.

    The Kazakhstan-based Sambo ace troubled his veteran foe with constant pressure, took him to the ground with relative ease and eventually chased and secured a guillotine choke finish with just two seconds left in round two .

    It was the 15th time in 16 fights that he had finished in two rounds.

    “Just when I thought the bell was going to ring and it wouldn’t work, he won’t understand,” Bisping said, “it shows how much technique he has.”

    Indeed, Rakhmonov was able to keep Magny on the mat for over four minutes in round two and broadcast several scrambling escape attempts before getting into position and securing Magny’s neck with his left arm.

    The 34-year-old was rescued by referee Chris Tognoni and failed to break the tie for the UFC welterweight win record (19) which he shares with Georges St- Rock.

    “Neal Magny was good. That’s why I didn’t rush. I took my time,” Rakhmonov said. “I knew I was winning, so I didn’t rush. I looked for opportunities. Once it presented itself, I took it.”

    The winner, who entered No. 15 in the UFC rankings, followed with a legend from longtime contender Stephen Thompson, who is ranked seventh.

    Magny had been ranked 10th.

    “One or two years,” Rakhmonov said, “and I’m a champion.”

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    The UFC makes its first trip to France later this year.

    It’s no surprise, then, that heavyweight Alan Baudot was hoping for an impressive performance on Saturday that would put him on the matchmaking radar for the international show.

    Didn’t happen.

    The burly 34-year-old dominated early but was quickly gassed, taken down multiple times and ultimately beaten to a second-round TKO stoppage by Josh Parisian.

    It was a third loss alongside a no-contest in four UFC fights for Baudot, who dropped Parisien with a right hand in the first round and beat him with a series of ground strikes before the big man based in Michigan only got back to his feet with a swollen and bloody left eye.

    The tide turned when Parisien landed a double-leg takedown attempt in the final 20 seconds of round one and threw more than two dozen right-handed strikes before the round was over.

    He came right back to that approach in the second, scored two more takedowns in the first two-plus minutes of the round, and followed that up with another barrage of strikes until referee Mark Smith finally stepped in at 3: 04.

    “I thought he had nothing for me on the pitch, and once my corner told me that [at the end of the first round]it just cemented it,” he said.

    It was Paris’ second win in four UFC bouts since exiting Dana White’s Contender Series in 2020.

    “I must have been pretty hurt because I can’t remember,” he said when asked by Bisping how shaken he was by Baudot’s strike in the first round.

    “I was going to jump into your arms, but I don’t have the energy.”

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    First, Umar Nurmagomedov easily won his fight against Nate Maness.

    But while victory came after the Russian dominated every second of a 15-minute bout, those expecting fireworks, or even highlights, are still waiting.

    Cousin and student of the former lightweight champion and future UFC Hall of Famer, Nurmagomedov scored one strikeout in every round, set up nearly 11 minutes of ground control time to the last bell and lifted a horrible knot on his enemy’s forehead. .

    Yet, while the victory propelled him to 15-0 overall and 3-0 in the UFC, not only did he fail to score the ninth result of his career, but he never went away. really approached. Instead, he seemed content to get Maness down to the mat, work to a position of control, and not risk making a mistake.

    Bisping, while clearly respecting Nurmagomedov’s game, was quick to chide him a bit for not stepping on the gas when it seemed an option.

    “If you want to be awesome, if you have that star quality, people want to see you take risks,” he said. “To try to put a nail in his coffin, so to speak.”

    Nurmagomedov seemed indifferent to the criticism and instead suggested he was ready to be paired with the bantamweight division’s true elite operators.

    “I think the next or after the next I’ll be in the top 10, then we’ll see,” he said. “I’m ready. If they say tomorrow I’m going to fight for a belt, I’m ready.”

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    Facing a UFC-grade foe is hard enough.

    But doing it with your friends and family in the audience is an added challenge.

    Carlos Ulberg was up to both tasks on Saturday night.

    City Kickboxing teammate of UFC 276 headliners Israel Adesanya and Alexander Volkanovski, the New Zealand-based light heavyweight got a boost from the spot from both colleagues with a hard first-round stoppage of Tafon Nchukwi .

    Ulberg delivered the decisive blow of the fight when he leaned back and connected flush with Nchukwi’s jaw with a hybrid jab/hook with the left hand.

    Nchukwi immediately backed off and Ulberg pounced, landing another half-dozen shots before referee Herb Dean stepped in to save his opponent at 1:15.

    “I had seen his game,” Ulberg said. “He seemed to parry with his right hand, so I knew [the left-hand strike] was going to be there eventually.”

    The win was Ulberg’s second straight UFC after beginning his octagonal run with a second-round loss to Kennedy Nzechukwu at UFC 259 – headlined by Adesanya’s fight with Jan Blachowicz – in Las Vegas.

    “I’m new to the sport of MMA, but I work, and I work fast, and I have a good team behind me,” he said. “Everything is inspiring. We all work together. We keep everyone else sharp, and I’m happy to have [Adesanya and Volkanovski] in my team.”

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    Main board

    Mateusz Gamrot defeated. Arman Tsarukyan by unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)

    Shavkat Rakhmonov defeats. Neil Magny by submission (guillotine choke), 4:58, Round 2

    Josh Parisian beats. Alan Baudot by KO (punches), 3:04, Round 2

    Thiago Moises defeated. Christos Giagos by submission (rear naked choke), 3:05, Round 1

    Umar Nurmagomedov defeated. Nate Maness by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-25)

    Chris Curtis beats. Rodolfo Vieira via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

    Preliminary map

    Carlos Ulberg beats. Tafon Nchukwi by KO (punches), 1h15. Round 1

    Shayilan Nuerdanbieke defeated. TJ Brown via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

    Sergei Morozov defeats. Raulian Paiva via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

    Cody Durden beats. JP buys by KO (punch), 1:08, Round 1

    Mario Bautista beats. Brian Kelleher by submission (rear naked choke), 2:27, Round 1

    Vanessa Demopoulos defeated. Jinh Yu Frey via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27