UFC 269 is a mixed martial arts event held on January 28, 2018 at the TD Garden in Boston.
This fight card will be headlined by Tony Ferguson vs Kevin Lee for the UFC Interim Welterweight Championship and Demetrious Johnson vs Ray Borg for the UFC Flyweight Championship. The co-main event of Women’s Bantamweight bout between Amanda Nunes vs Raquel Pennington has been canceled after Nunes was removed from her scheduled opponent Valentina Shevchenko due to an injury sustained during training.
The “ufc 269 play by play” is a live results and analysis blog for the UFC event. The blog will update with the latest information on the fight, as well as provide commentary from experts in the field.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — The UFC is ending the year with a celebration of the die-hard fan, a prize for those who have been following the sport of mixed martial arts for a long time.
On Saturday at T-Mobile Arena, Charles Oliveira defends his UFC lightweight championship against Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 269. It’s not just a championship fight between two of the best fighters in the world; it’s also a matchup between two of the promotion’s most experienced fighters, both of whom have come a long way to reach the top.
Oliveira earned the title with a TKO victory against Michael Chandler in the second round at UFC 262 in May. Oliveira’s 28th UFC bout marked the longest road to a UFC championship for any fighter in history. Poirier will become champion in his 27th UFC bout if he wins on Saturday, the second-longest journey in UFC history. On ESPN’s pound-for-pound MMA rankings, Poirier is ranked No. 5 and Oliveira is ranked No. 6. Poirier is ranked No. 1 at lightweight, while Oliveira is ranked No. 2.
The last UFC pay-per-view of 2021 will feature two championship bouts. The UFC’s lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira, defends his title against Dustin Poirier, while double champion Amanda Nunes defends her women’s bantamweight title against Julianna Pena.
UFC 269 is available as a pay-per-view event on ESPN+.
• Saturday, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV, UFC 269: Oliveira vs. Poirier • Prelims: 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2/ESPN+ • Early prelims: 6 p.m. ET on ESPN+ • Main card: 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV
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Oliveira has won nine games in a row (31-8, 1 NC). In UFC history, he has the most finishes (17) and submission victories (14) of any fighter. Oliveira, 32, has a UFC record of 19-8 (1 NC) since his debut in 2010.
Conor McGregor has been stopped twice this year by Poirier (28-6, 1 NC), a former UFC interim lightweight champion. Poirier, a Louisiana native competing out of Florida, has won three consecutive bouts and has only lost once in his past ten fights, a championship battle against former lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242 in September 2019. Poirier, 32, is the UFC lightweight champion with the most KO/TKO wins (8).
Amanda Nunes defends her UFC women’s bantamweight championship against Julianna Pena in the co-main event. Nunes (21-4) has won 12 consecutive fights dating back to 2014. She is also the UFC women’s featherweight champion. With victories against Ronda Rousey, Cris Cyborg, and Valentina Shevchenko, the 33-year-old Brazilian is widely recognized as the best female MMA fighter of her time (twice). Pena (10-4) has won two of her previous three matches and six of her past eight overall. She is a 32-year-old Washington native.
Also on the night, former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt fights Kai Kara-France at flyweight, welterweight knockout artists Geoff Neal and Santiago Ponzinibbio square off, and top bantamweight prospect Sean O’Malley fights Raulian Paiva.
Follow Brett Okamoto, Marc Raimondi, and Jeff Wagenheim as they discuss the action on ESPN+, or watch the bouts live. Here’s where you can get the PPV.
Fight in progress: Josh Emmett (16-2, 7-2 UFC, -165) vs. Dan Ige (15-4, 7-3 UFC, +140) in the men’s featherweight division.
Dominick Cruz (24-3, 7-2 UFC) wins a unanimous decision against Pedro Munhoz (19-7 1 NC, 9-7 1 NC UFC) in the men’s bantamweight division (Watch this bout on ESPN+).
At UFC 269, Dominick Cruz won a unanimous decision over Pedro Munhoz. Getty Images/Carmen Mandato
Cruz remains one of the most difficult fighters to figure out more than a decade after winning his first big belt in the division.
Cruz won a unanimous decision against Munhoz (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), coming from a near-loss in the first round. Munhoz injured Cruz hard in the first round, but Cruz looked like himself in the second and third rounds, with better footwork and the ability to potshot Munhoz with combinations and escape out before receiving harm.
In the first round, Munhoz caught Cruz with two left hands, knocking him out. Despite the fact that Cruz was reeling, Munhoz was unable to seal the deal. Cruz made it through the round and even put up some offense late, setting the tone for the following two rounds. In his postfight interview, Cruz said, “Honestly, I believed I slipped.” “I suppose that explains where I was.”
In the last two rounds, Cruz was able to work his magic. Few competitors in MMA history have had his degree of footwork, which allows him to create angles out of nowhere and then vanish before an opponent can respond. In the second and third innings, Cruz delivered powerful combinations on Munhoz, opening up a cut on the right side of Munhoz’s face.
Cruz, 36, has won two consecutive fights after surrendering the bantamweight championship to Henry Cejudo at UFC 249 in May 2020. The California native is a two-time UFC bantamweight champion who is renowned for overcoming injuries and keeping in top shape. Cruz is 15-2 in his last 17 bouts and holds the record for most victories by a bantamweight in UFC/WEC history (14).
Munhoz, 35, has lost four of his last five fights, but no one in the bantamweight category has faced a more difficult schedule. Munhoz has faced five former or current UFC champions in his last six bouts, and he was rated No. 10 in the world at bantamweight by ESPN before to this battle. The native of Brazil had just lost a majority decision to Jose Aldo at UFC 265 in August.
Heavyweight: Tai Tuivasa (14-3, 7-3 UFC) wins by KO in the second round against Augusto Sakai (15-4-1, 4-3 UFC) (Watch this fight on ESPN+)
It’s difficult to say if a live UFC audience prefers Tuivasa’s knockouts or his shoeys at this time.
On Saturday, Tuivasa, a Sydney native, delivered the Las Vegas audience both. He extended his victory run to four by knocking out Sakai of Brazil 26 seconds into the second round with punches near the fence. He stepped onto the cage after the knockdown and gulped his signature shoey — a beer poured into a sneaker.
Tuivasa remarked, “I feel like I’m getting better and better at this moment.” “My corner informed me that the left [hook] is opening up. All I had to do was stand on the edge of my seat, stalk him, and track him down. I’ve said previously that I’m a Western Sydney banger who would bang with anybody.”
#UFC269 Give the dude his SHOE!!!
December 12, 2021 — Niko Price (@Nikohybridprice)
Tuivasa’s last act was violent, but the buildup to it was well planned. He grabbed the middle of the cage and walked around the outside, quietly pursuing Sakai. In the clinch, Sakai delivered a few nice knees to the body, but Tuivasa’s boxing ruled the early exchanges.
Tuivasa chased Sakai to the fence after rocking him with a left hook in the open, attacking with right hands until he got one down the center to end the fight. Sakai has now lost three consecutive fights following a four-fight winning run in the UFC.
Middleweight: Bruno Silva (22-6, 3-0 UFC) wins by first-round TKO over Jordan Wright (12-2, 2-2 UFC) (Watch this bout on ESPN+)
Wright was delivering body and head kicks early on, then had Silva caught against the cage and was landing body knees. Silva, on the other hand, seemed unfazed by the attack and even welcomed it. With a flurry of blows, he battled his way out from the cage, and when he landed a precise right-left combination, Wright wobbled, resulting to the round’s end at 1:28.
Silva, a 32-year-old Brazilian, has won his last seven fights via knockout. To get the task done swiftly, he relied on his tenacity and precise precision. He joins Paulo Costa, Nate Quarry, Yoel Romero, and Gerald Harris as the sixth middleweight to start a UFC career 3-0 with three knockouts.
December 12, 2021 — danawhite (@danawhite)
Wright, a 30-year-old Los Angeles native, has lost two of his last three fights after beginning his career 11-0 with a no-contest. Both defeats were via knockout.
Middleweight: Andre Muniz (22-4, 4-0 UFC) wins by first-round submission over Eryk Anders (14-6 1 NC, 6-6 1 NC UFC) (Watch this bout on ESPN+).
Andre Muniz’s first-round takedown of Eryk Anders signaled the start of the end of their battle at UFC 269. Muniz won via submission a short time later. Zuffa LLC/Jeff Bottari
The UFC has released Demian Maia and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. The middleweight class now has a fresh grappling specialist in their place.
After a beautiful grappling sequence, Muniz submitted Anders with an armbar at 3:13 of the first round. It was a similar scenario to when Muniz broke Souza’s arm earlier this year. Muniz later said that this indicated his ability had nothing to do with chance.
In his postfight interview, Muniz observed, “As it turns out, we train a lot.” “That is my position, and I am in command.”
He’s like a new generation. Maia
December 12, 2021 — Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170)
Early in the battle, Muniz went for a massive takedown and got it. Anders was able to get back to his feet, but Muniz was able to get Anders to stand up and then convert to the armbar as the fight returned to the ground.
Muniz, 31, has won eight consecutive fights, including four in the UFC. In addition, the Brazil native has three consecutive submission victories, including an armbar victory over Souza at UFC 262 in May, and has won four of his last five fights via tap.
Anders, a 34-year-old Alabama native who competes out of Arizona, has only won one of his last four battles.
Erin Blanchfield (8-1, 2-0 UFC) wins a unanimous decision against Miranda Maverick (11-4, 2-2 UFC) in the women’s flyweight division (Watch this fight on ESPN+).
In a clash of two women in ESPN’s top-25-under-age-25 rankings, the future of the UFC’s 125-pound division was on display, and Blanchfield, 22, was absolutely dominating.
Blanchfield, of Elmwood Park, New Jersey, won her sixth straight bout, including her first two in the UFC, by matching the flyweight record with seven takedowns and threatening takedowns the whole fight. Maverick spent the entire 15-minute bout on defensive, while she spent virtually the whole fight in dominating positions.
The judges all gave the fight a 30-27 score, making it seem closer than it was.
Maverick, a 24-year-old from Norfolk, Virginia, has lost two consecutive fights following a five-fight winning streak. However, her loss against Maycee Barber in July was a close one, but this one was not.
Ryan Hall (9-2, 5-1 UFC) wins a unanimous decision against Darrick Minner (26-13, 2-3 UFC) in the men’s featherweight division (Watch this fight on ESPN+).
Ryan Hall defeated Darrick Minner at UFC 269 thanks to his continuous ground pressure. Getty Images/Carmen Mandato
In a three-round decision over a nearly 40-fight veteran in Minner, Hall leaned largely on his bread and butter.
On the floor, Hall, of Falls Church, Virginia, overpowered Minner on way to his sixth UFC victory. Minner did a good job of blocking Hall’s multiple chokes and leg assaults, but he lost important positional fights in grappling exchanges. Hall dominated the top position in the second and third rounds, hitting blows.
Nebraska’s Minner had some success on his feet, but he looked eager to fight Hall on the ground. According to UFC Stats, Hall did not have a single takedown, but the action was on the mat in every frame, which benefited his approach.
Hall bounced back from a knockout defeat to Ilia Topuria in his last fight in July.
Both of these assassins use elite level grappling and jiujitsu in this entertaining battle #ufc269
December 11, 2021 — Charles Rosa (@CharlesRosaMMA)
Tony Kelley (8-2, 2-1 UFC) defeated Randy Costa (6-3, 2-3 UFC) via TKO in the second round (Watch this bout on ESPN+).
Kelley had a strategy and executed it flawlessly.
Kelley came out strong in the opening round, putting Costa under a lot of pressure and tiring him out. Kelley completed the job in the second round, winning by TKO at 4:15 of the round. Kelley took Costa down with a knee to the body from the Thai clinch, then unleashed a flurry of ground-and-pound until referee Mark Smith intervened.
In his postfight interview, Kelley remarked, “I’m excited, dude.” “However, I am not surprised.”
Kelley, 34, has won his last two fights after losing his UFC debut in August 2020. This was also the Louisiana native’s first stoppage win in the UFC. Costa, a 27-year-old Massachusetts native, lost his second battle in a row.
Gillian Robertson (10-6, 7-4 UFC) defeated Priscila Cachoeira (10-4, 2-43 UFC) via first-round submission (Watch this bout on ESPN+) in the women’s flyweight division.
Robertson is at her best while wrestling, as she demonstrated in the evening’s opener, dominating Cachoeira until securing a rear-naked choke that resulted in a tapout with one second remaining in Round 1.
It was Robertson’s sixth submission victory in nine professional bouts. She is a 26-year-old Canadian who competes out of Port Saint Lucie, Florida. This victory put an end to a two-fight losing run.
Cachoeira, a 33-year-old Brazilian, had a two-fight winning run snapped. On Friday, she failed to make weight and gave Robertson a third of her money.
More to come:
Charles Oliveira (c) (31-8 1 NC, 19-8 1 NC UFC, +135) vs. Dustin Poirier (28-6 1 NC, 20-5 1 NC) for the lightweight championship. -160) (UFC) (UFC) (UFC) (UFC) ( Amanda Nunes (c) (21-4, 14-1 UFC, -900) vs. Julianna Pea (11-4, 6-2 UFC, +600) for the women’s bantamweight championship. Geoff Neal (13-4, 5-2 UFC, +110) vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio (welterweight) (29-4, 10-3 UFC, -130) Kai Kara-France (22-9 NC, 5-2 UFC, +120) vs. Cody Garbrandt (Men’s Flyweight) (12-4, 7-4 UFC, -140) Raulian Paiva (21-3, 3-2 UFC, +250) vs. Sean O’Malley in the men’s bantamweight division (14-1, 6-1 UFC, -310)
(c) denotes the current champion.
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