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UFC 277 Results, Recap, and Reaction

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UFC 277 was yet another solid PPV offering that delivered in spades  The highly anticipated main event rematch for the women’s bantamweight championship between Amanda NUNES & Julianna PENA capped off another evening of high level MMA that showcased some of the best and brightest talent on the roster. 

ORION COSCE won a unanimous decision victory in the curtain jerker over MIKE BLOOD DIAMOND MATHETHA. COSCE got hit with a few solid head kicks that made the bout interesting but it was very obvious that he had a very significant advantage on the ground and exploited it to the fullest. It was not exactly smooth sailing but it was a clear victory for COSCE who notches his first UFC win and hands BLOOD DIAMOND his second consecutive UFC loss in the process. 

NICOLAE NEGUMERANU scored a 2nd round TKO over IHOR POTIERIA after largely dominating the newcomer in the first round. NEGUMERANU landed multiple knees from the Thai plum that overwhelmed POTIERIA and crumpled him to the Octagon floor. POTIERIA showed some decent striking early on but ultimately the massive gap in experience and strength of schedule was exposed in rather brutal fashion. As someone who backed POTIERIA I was rather disappointed with my decision to ignore what was clearly a padded 18-2 record. Proving yet again that it’s usually a good idea to fade debuting fighters with suspect fight histories. Come to everyone who employed the DWCS fade and took the plus money dog shot on NEGUMERANU. 

JOCELYN EDWARDS cruised to a 30-27 unanimous decision victory over JI YEONG KIM that was somewhat lacking. Credit to EDWARDS who took the fight on short notice and dictated from bell to bell. 

MICHEAL MORALES scored a 3rd round TKO victory over ADAM FUGGIT in what turned out to be a very entertaining fight. FUGGIT won the 1st round with a measured pace and constant pressure but  MORALES rallied in the 2nd and closed the show in the third. FUGGIT, who took the fight on extremely short notice as a late replacement, gave a great account of himself throughout the fight and I expect that he will find some measure of success moving forward.  MORALES moves to 14-0 as pro, he continues to impress and I expect big things from this undefeated prospect as he continues on his quest for UFC gold.

DRAKKAR KLOSE won a 29-28 unanimous decision victory over RAFA GARCIA.  KLOSE was largely in control of this one from start to finish. GARCIA had some offensive moments but this was a clear decision win for KLOSE who is now on a 2 fight winning streak. 

Newcomer HAMDY ABDELWAHAB won his short notice UFC debut verses DON’TALE MAYES and cashes as a sizeable underdog. ABDELWAHAB’s wrestling skills were on full display as he outclassed MAYES with relative ease in every grappling exchange. There was a lot of skepticism surrounding the validity of ABDELWAHAB’S wrestling pedigree because he went 0-1 in his Olympic campaign for the EGYPTIAN WRESTLING TEAM but it was plain to see that MAYES was not on ABDELWAHAB’S level. Congratulations to everyone who took the plus money dog shot on ABDELWAHAB.  I look forward to his next outing. 

DREW DOBER scores a 3rd round TKO after landing a vicious body shot on RAFAEL ALVES. Both men threw big hammers at each other in what turned out to be an early front runner for FOTN but ultimately DOBER’S superior striking and experience were too much for ALVES who came into the Octagon doing his customary back flips and wasting precious energy that could have served him much better as the fight progressed into the later rounds. Nonetheless this was an excellent fight and I look forward to seeing what both of these fighters do next.

ALEX MORONO won a 30-27/ 29-28(×2) unanimous decision over MATT SEMELSBERGER in what turned out to be a very entertaining fight. SEMELSBERGER’s left eye was swollen shut by the end of the 2nd round and he was closely examined by the ringside physician on two separate occasions. Credit to SEMELSBERGER for staying in the fight and making it interesting but ultimately this was a vet lesson from MORONO who has won his last 4 fights and continues to show the MMA masses why he has maintained his spot on the roster for so long. Congratulations to everyone who cashed on  him as a sizable underdog. 

MAGOMED ANKALAEV scores a round 2 Ground &Pound TKO over ANTHONY SMITH after a fairly close 1st round that saw SMITH suffer a broken ankle/leg (it’s unclear which) as a result of a leg kick from ANKALAEV. ANKALAEV is the heir apparent to the LHW throne and this finish over “LIONHEART” SMITH solidified that narrative. I look forward to his next match up which will undoubtedly be a high profile title eliminator. 

ALEXANDRE PANTOJA made short work of ALEX PEREZ when he finished him with a standing RNC that was actually a textbook neck crank. PANTOJA is an absolute monster and a clear threat to every single FLYWEIGHT in the top 10. In fact he has wins over both men who fought for the interim title in the evening’s co-main event and I expect that he will likely be next to challenge for that title. I look forward to his next outing and I suspect that he may very well be the next UFC flyweight champion if he continues to perform the way he did tonight.

SERGEI PAVLOVICH TKO’D DEREK LEWIS 54 seconds into the 1st round of their HW matchup. LEWIS immediately protested the stoppage and based on the replay it was pretty clear that referee Mike Murgliotta did stop the fight somewhat prematurely.  However I think he probably saved LEWIS from sustaining unnecessary damage in a fight that he was ultimately going to lose. 

BRANDON MORENO gets the round 3 Ground & Pound KO after he dropped KAI KARA FRANCE with a vicious kick to the liver that reduced KARA FRANCE to a helpless heap on the canvas. This was yet another late stoppage from referee HERB DEAN. KARA FRANCE sustained unnecessary damage as MORENO teed off on him. Nonetheless this was a very competitive fight for the first 2 rounds and KARA FRANCE gave a good account of himself in a losing effort.  MORENO captures the interim flyweight strap and becomes a UFC champion for the second time within his UFC campaign which sets up an epic fight versus either PANTOJA or the sidelined DEIVESON FIGUEIREDO. Regardless of which direction the UFC decides to go in,  it is a foregone conclusion that the next flyweight title fight will be outstanding.

AMANDA NUNES & JULIANNA PENA delivered an awesome main event in what was easily one of the most anticipated rematches in recent memory. This time around NUNES was calculated and very much in control. She dropped PENA on 3 separate occasions but PENA kept coming and while NUNES was never in any real trouble, PENA did manage to make it interesting with several Omoplata attempts as well a very deep armbar attempt in the 4th round. Credit to PENA for going the distance against a laser focused NUNES who looked like she was back to championship form as she recaptured the bantamweight championship and re-established her double champ status. The judges scored the fight 50-45, 50-44 & 50-43. PENA’S impressive upset in the first fight will forever be one of, if not THE biggest upset in UFC history but ultimately “the Lioness” NUNES restored order and continues on as the double champ.

UFC 277 was a solid offering that delivered on multiple levels. It also answered several questions that will prove to be valuable to all of us as MMA gamblers. My only complaint is that I wanted to see more. If it were up to me there would be a minimum of 20 fights per card but I’m about as hard core as it gets when we’re talking about MMA fanatics. Luckily we have a great fight night on the horizon and we have a midweek DWCS card to break up the weight for next Saturday’s offering which will feature JAMAHAL HILL and THIAGO SANTOS in the main event. Another one in the books and we move forward to next Saturday with a Tuesday night DWCS layover that will break up the wait and tie us over until fight night rolls around again. 

Be sure to check out my RAPID FIRE QUICK PICKS for next Saturday’s card, right here at WE WANT PICKS, where we always strive to bring you valuable insights and predictions that cash. 

Frank Jodouin

Contributing Analyst

I started betting on fights in 2016, and have watched every single fight on every live event for almost seven years running. To put it plainly, I am a fight junkie, and Dana White is my dealer. I write content because I'm so passionate about this sport and I am honored to be a member of the We Want Picks team. I love to talk fights and share the knowledge I have accrued over the years as I continue to learn about the greatest the sport on planet earth.

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