UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg defended her title for the first time tonight when she met former bantamweight champion Holly Holm in Las Vegas.
Holm had the opportunity to become the first ever woman to win titles in two divisions in the UFC if she defeats Cyborg. Getting past the current champion is not easy task as she has not lost an MMA fight since May 2005. UFC President Dana White stated that if Holm won it would be hard to argue that she is not the greatest. Not only would she be first two-division champion, but also the only female fighter to have wins over both Ronda Rousey and Cristiane Justino (Cyborg). Unfortunately for Holm she was on the losing side of yet another decision and Cyborg would retain.
Also, in the lightweight division, a pivotal matchup between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Edson Barboza could determine the next to challenge for the lightweight title. There was no doubt in Nurmagomedov’s dominance as he defeated Barboza more than decisively according to the scorecards. The next step has to be putting him up against interim champ Tony Ferguson or champion, Conor McGregor.
Former UFC women’s strawweight champ Carla Esparza earned a unanimous decision win over Cynthia Calvillo in a close three round war. Calvillo definitively won the first round, but according to the judges, the former champ did enough in rounds two and three to get the win.
Former UFC interim welterweight champ Carlos Condit had his hands full in his highly anticipated return to the octagon when he met surging Neil Magny. Magny would decisively defeat the former champ in a three round war. What Condit does next is anyone’s guess.
The war between Alliance MMA and Team Alpha Male continued as Myles Jury defeated Rick Glenn via unanimous decision.
Marvin Vettori vs. Omari Akhmedov is a majority draw after three rounds of non-stop back and forth action. These guys threw everything but the kitchen sink in a highly exciting back and forth war. Great fight.
Matheus Nicolau defeated Louis Smolka to open up the preliminary bouts on FS1. This could have easily been the Brazilian’s best performance to date as he battered and blooded the Hawaiian on both the feet and the ground en route to a unanimous decision victory.
Tim Elliott returned to bantamweight and opened up the UFC 219 fight card when he took on UFC newcomer Mark De La Rosa. Elliott dedicated the fight to coach Robert Follis who passed away just about two weeks ago.
UFC 219 results below:
Main card (PPV at 10 p.m. ET)
Cris Cyborg defeated Holly Holm via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47)
Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Edson Barboza via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-24)
Dan Hooker defeated Marc Diakiese via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 0:42
Carla Esparza defeated Cynthia Calvillo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Neil Magny defeated Carlos Condit via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Preliminary Bouts (FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET)
Michael Oleksiejczuk defeated Khalil Rountree via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Myles Jury defeated Rick Glenn via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Marvin Vettori vs. Omari Akhmedov is a majority draw (28-28, 29-28, 28-28)
Matheus Nicolau defeated Louis Smolka via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)
Preliminary Bout (UFC Fight Pass at 7:30 p.m. ET)
Tim Elliott defeated Mark De La Rosa via submission (Anaconda choke) – Round 2, 1:41