The UFC 266 event was a historic one, as it saw the first ever women’s headlining fight in the organization. In the main event, Amanda Nunes defended her bantamweight title against Felicia Spencer. Nunes won the bout via first-round TKO.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje
Khabib Nurmagomedov defended his lightweight championship against Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC 266. Nurmagomedov won the bout via submission in the second round.
The Main Event
The main event of UFC 266 was a rematch between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor. The two had previously fought at UFC 178 in September of 2014, with McGregor winning by knockout in the first round.
This time, the fight went much differently. Poirier managed to take McGregor down and control him for much of the first round. In the second round, Poirier dropped McGregor with a left hand, and then finished him off with ground and pound.
With this win, Poirier becomes the new UFC lightweight champion. He has now won five in a row, and is one of the most exciting fighters in the division.
The Co-Main Event
The Co-Main Event of UFC 266 was a Welterweight fight between Trayvonne Ortega and Michel Pereira. The fight was declared a no-contest after Pereira landed two illegal knees, one of which opened up a nasty cut on Ortega’s forehead.
The first bout of the prelims was a catchweight (158.5 lbs) affair between homegrown product Justin Jaynes and veteran Gavin Tucker. The fight started with both men feeling each other out on the feet for the first minute or so until Tucker found his range and started landing a varied array of kicks to the legs, body, and head of Jaynes.
The Early Prelims
The early prelims began with a bantamweight bout between Steve Garcia and Alan Cacares. Garcia (15-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) entered the cage on a three-fight winning streak, most recently picking up a decision win over Dustin Stoltzfus at UFC on ESPN 13 in July. Cacares (14-5 MMA, 2-4 UFC), meanwhile, came into the event off back-to-back losses to Montel Jackson and Geraldo de Freitas.
Garcia picked up where he left off in his previous outing, using his wrestling to take Cacares down in the opening round. He was able to keep Cacares grounded for the majority of the round, landing some light ground and pound while also looking for submissions. In the second round, Garcia again took Cacares down and controlled him on the ground. Cacares did manage to get back to his feet briefly in the round, but Garcia quickly took him back down. The round ended with Garcia in top position landing elbows.
In the third round, Garcia continued to control Cacares on the ground. He landed some light shots from top position, but was mostly just trying to keep Cacares grounded. The bout eventually went to the judges, who scored it 30-26, 30-26 and 30-27 for Garcia, who picked up his fourth consecutive victory.
The Post-Fight Press Conference
The post-fight press conference for UFC 266 was held shortly after the event concluded. Here is what the various fighters had to say.
When asked about his performance, Justin Gaethje stated: “I feel great. I’m just happy to be here. I want to thank the UFC for giving me this opportunity.” He then went on to say that he would like to fight for the title next.
In response to a question about what she thought of her opponent’s performance, Angela Hill said: “I think she did well, but I was just better tonight.” She went on to say that she is open to fighting anyone in the division.
Darren Till, when asked about his recent weight cut, said: “It was tough, but I’m happy with how things went.” He then went on to say that he would like to fight at middleweight in his next bout.
UFC 266 was a thrilling event from start to finish, with plenty of heated exchanges and jaw-dropping moments. In the main event, Conor McGregor finally got his rematch against Dustin Poirier, and it did not disappoint.
The fight started out fairly even, with both men landing some good shots. However, in the second round McGregor began to take control and landed some heavy blows that backs Poirier up against the cage. From there, McGregor unleashed a flurry of punches that dropped Poirier and ultimately led to the TKO victory.
In the co-main event, Tony Ferguson took on Justin Gaethje for the interim lightweight title. This fight was an absolute war, with both men taking and absorbing some serious punishment. In the end, it was Gaethje who emerged victorious via TKO in the fifth round, setting up a title unification bout against Khabib Nurmagomedov later this year.
Other notable moments from UFC 266 include:
-Derrick Lewis TKOing Curtis Blaydes in the main card opener
-Alex Morono submitting Max Griffin in their welterweight bout
All the talk heading into #UFC266 was about the rematch between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier.
The highly-anticipated fight did not disappoint, with both men putting on a show for the fans.
In the end, it was McGregor who had his hand raised, as he defeated Poirier via second-round TKO.
Naturally, there were a lot of people who had strong reactions to the outcome of the fight.
The headline event of UFC 266 was a rematch for the ages, as heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou faced off against Stipe Miocic in a highly anticipated rematch of their previous bout. In the first fight, Ngannou emerged victorious, knocking out Miocic in the second round to claim the heavyweight title.
In the rematch, however, it was Miocic who would have his handraised in victory, as he defeated Ngannou via unanimous decision. What were the takeaways from this highly anticipated rematch?
For one, it was clear that Miocic had made significant improvements since his last bout with Ngannou. In the first fight, Miocic had been thrown off balance by Ngannou’s powerful strikes, leading to him getting knocked down and ultimately knocked out. However, in the rematch, Miocic was able to weather the storm and take control of the bout in later rounds. This was due in large part to his improved striking defense, as he was able to deflect or avoid most of Ngannou’s punches.
It was also clear that Ngannou had not made similar improvements since their last bout. In fact, he may have even regressed slightly, as he seemed to gas out early in the fight and was unable to mount a significant offensive attack in later rounds. This is likely due to his lack of experience as a professional fighter, as he only has a few years of experience under his belt.
So what does this mean for the future of these two heavyweights? For Miocic, it means that he is likely to retain his title for some time to come. He has shown that he is the superior fighter at this moment and will likely be able to maintain his position at the top of the heavyweight division. As for Ngannou, this loss will likely set him back slightly, but with his raw power and potential, he will still be a force to reckoned with in the division.
While UFC 266 will be remembered for the rematch between Gilbert Burns and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, there are several other storylines that merit discussion. The night’s co-main event saw Kevin Holland score a first-round TKO victory over former middleweight champion Chris Weidman. The win moved Holland to 7-2 in the UFC, with his lone losses coming to Derek Brunson and Darren Stewart. With the win, Holland called for a title shot against current middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.