UFC 271 Results

In this blog, I’ll be breaking down the 3 fights from UFC 271. Cannonier had a comeback against Derek Brunson, Tai Tuivasa is now the number 3 ranked heavyweight in the world after beating Derrick Lewis, and Israel Adesanya defends his title for the fourth time against Robert Whittaker

Jared Cannonier vs Derek Brunson

In the beginning, it wasn’t going so well for Cannonier. He did defend a couple of takedowns but was taken down 2 times. He also landed a decent amount of clean shots but he got knocked down by Brunson by a right hook and almost choked out. The next round, Derek Brunson looked very fatigued, his movement was now sloppy. It was going well for both of them until Cannonier hit him with an elbow and a backhand which rocked him. Cannonier followed up on his opportunity to finish the fight by taking Brunson down and putting his head into the canvas with a few heavy elbows. This fight has earned Jared Cannonier a chance to take the title away from Israel Adesanya.

Derrick Lewis vs Tai Tuivasa

Unfortunately, this did not go well for Derrick Lewis. In the first round, it went Derrick Lewis’s way, he landed more shots and got a few takedowns. I’m sure everyone is shocked about how Tai Tuivasa took his heavy shots. In the second round, Tai stepped up. Tai Tuivasa worked in the clinch with elbows and landed an elbow hard enough for Derrick Lewis to faceplant onto the canvas. Tai Tuivasa is now the number 3 ranked heavyweight in the world, we’ll see if he can hold up against the top 5 in the future.

Israel Adesanya vs Robert Whittaker 2

This fight was a fight for points, these two were technical and ended up having a very close fight. It started with Adesanya pressuring Whittaker while landing jabs and solid leg kicks. Close to the end of the first round, Adesanya landed a one-two and knocked Robert Whittaker down. He let him up and tried to land more clean shots but it wasn’t enough. By the end of the first round, Robert Whittaker said to his corner that his leg was already chopped up. The second round went well for Rob as he landed a takedown and outstruck Adesanya. For some reason, during the entire fight, Robert Whittaker was very passive. He only threw his jabs and a couple of leg kicks. It was also the same for Israel Adesanya, both were very passive in this fight trying to win by points. That’s how it went for the rest of the fight. Eventually, Israel Adesanya won via Unanimous Decision. Personally, I believe Robert Whittaker possibly won rounds 2, 4, and 5.

Overall, the whole fight card was decent. There were some good finishes, but some very boring decisions. Israel Adesanya plans to fight 2 or 3 more times this year, Robert Whittaker supposedly already has another fight scheduled against Marvin Vettori, Cannonier is next for the Middleweight Championship, and Derek Brunson may retire.

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