The UFC touches down in Las Vegas, Nevada once again tonight, where ranked middleweight talents Derek Brunson (No. 7) and Kevin Holland (No. 10) headline UFC Vegas 22, March 20, 2021.
Co-headlining the event was expected to be a lightweight bout between Gregor Gillespie and Brad Riddell, but a positive Covid-19 test cancelled that bout earlier today and it was replaced by welterweight talents Song Kenan and Max Griffin.
The second bout of the main card showcased a bantamweight contest between Adrian Yanez and Gustavo Lopez.
Yanez is fresh off his first-round head kick KO victory in his UFC debut back at UFC Halloween, while Lopez spoiled the return of Anthony Birchak in his last bout, one week after Yanez’.
Continue reading to see how this bout went down:
Official Result: Adrian Yanez def. Gustavo Lopez via KO (punch) at :27 of round three
Round one shows Yanez take the center and get the calf kick going, but he abandoned it as the round went on.
That wasn’t a bad thing though, because his boxing is looking incredibly sharp.
He caught Lopez with a number of solid combinations, especially toward the end of the round. Lopez is lunging in and landing some of his own strikes as well, but certainly took an L that round.
The start of round two was quite similar to the end of the first. Two minutes in and Yanez lands a beautiful overhand right-left hook combination and drops Lopez.
Lopez is able to regain his composure, but Yanez is right in his face teeing off. Lopez is able to catch Yanez with a nice hook coming in. It didn’t hurt Yanez, but it kept him from unloading any further.
Just as Michael Bisping and Paul Felder were saying Lopez needs to come forward and do something, because he’s losing the fight, he does, and eats a vicious right hand.
Lopez drops, and the fight is over.
This was a beautiful performance on Yanez’ behalf; he out-stuck Lopez 22-12 in round one and 19-5 in round two in significant strikes, and gets the KO victory in the third.
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