Adesanya Reclaims Title with KO win over Pereira in UFC 287
- Apr 10, 2023, 4:55:36 AM
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On April 8, 2023, the Kaseya Center in Miami, FL hosted the UFC 287: Pereira vs. Adesanya 2 event. Here's a recap of the fights that took place on this event:
Main Event - Middleweight Title Fight: Alex Pereira vs. Israel Adesanya
In a highly anticipated rematch, Israel Adesanya managed to defend his middleweight title against Alex Pereira, winning by KO/TKO in the second round. Adesanya dominated the fight, landing more strikes than Pereira and eventually connecting with a powerful punch that sent his opponent to the mat.
Co-Main Event: Gilbert Burns vs. Jorge Masvidal
Gilbert Burns won a unanimous decision victory over Jorge Masvidal, with the judges scoring the fight 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28 in favor of Burns. Burns managed to control the fight, landing more strikes and takedowns than Masvidal, who had trouble finding his rhythm.
Rob Font vs. Adrian Yanez
Rob Font made quick work of Adrian Yanez, winning by KO/TKO in the first round. Font landed a powerful punch that sent Yanez to the mat and finished him off with a flurry of strikes.
Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Kevin Holland
In a back-and-forth battle, Santiago Ponzinibbio managed to get the better of Kevin Holland, winning by KO/TKO in the third round. Ponzinibbio landed more strikes than Holland and eventually connected with a punch that sent him to the mat.
Raul Rosas Jr. vs. Christian Rodriguez
In a closely contested fight, Raul Rosas Jr. managed to edge out Christian Rodriguez, winning a unanimous decision victory with the judges scoring the fight 28-29, 28-29, and 28-29 in his favor. The fight was evenly matched, with both fighters landing a similar number of strikes and takedowns.
Chris Curtis vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Chris Curtis won a unanimous decision victory over Kelvin Gastelum, with the judges scoring the fight 28-29, 28-29, and 27-30 in his favor. Curtis managed to control the fight, landing more strikes and takedowns than Gastelum, who had trouble finding his rhythm.
Michelle Waterson-Gomez vs. Luana Pinheiro
In a closely contested fight, Michelle Waterson-Gomez managed to edge out Luana Pinheiro, winning a split decision victory with the judges scoring the fight 29-28, 28-29, and 28-29. The fight was evenly matched, with both fighters landing a similar number of strikes and takedowns.
Gerald Meerschaert vs. Joe Pyfer
Gerald Meerschaert won by KO/TKO in the first round, finishing off Joe Pyfer with a flurry of strikes after connecting with a powerful punch.
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Loopy Godinez
In a closely contested fight, Cynthia Calvillo managed to edge out Loopy Godinez, winning a split decision victory with the judges scoring the fight 28-29, 29-28, and 27-30. The fight was evenly matched, with both fighters landing a similar number of strikes and takedowns.
Ignacio Bahamondes vs. Trey Ogden
In a dominating performance, Ignacio Bahamondes won a unanimous decision victory over Trey Ogden, with the judges scoring the fight 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28 in his favor. Bahamondes landed more strikes and takedowns than Ogden, who had trouble finding his rhythm.
Rob Font and Adrian Yanez delivered a fight of the night contender in the co-main event. After a slow start, Font found his range and dropped Yanez with a beautiful counter right hook. He followed up with some vicious ground and pound to finish the fight and secure the victory via KO/TKO in the first round.
In another highly anticipated matchup, Kevin Holland faced off against Santiago Ponzinibbio in a battle between two dangerous strikers. Holland showcased his power and toughness, absorbing some big shots from Ponzinibbio before turning the tide and finishing him with a flurry of punches in the third round to secure the win via KO/TKO.
The undercard featured some exciting fights as well, with Chris Curtis edging out Kelvin Gastelum via unanimous decision after three hard-fought rounds. Cynthia Calvillo and Loopy Godinez engaged in a back-and-forth battle, with Calvillo ultimately emerging victorious via split decision. Ignacio Bahamondes showcased his impressive striking skills in a unanimous decision win over Trey Ogden, and Shayilan Nuerdanbieke delivered a devastating KO/TKO victory over Steve Garcia in just 36 seconds of the second round.
Overall, UFC 287 was a night full of exciting fights and impressive performances from some of the top fighters in the sport. The fans in attendance and watching at home were treated to a night of high-level MMA action, and the fighters showed why they are among the best in the world.
Thanks for reading our coverage of the thrilling UFC 287 event, where Israel Adesanya reclaimed his middleweight title with a spectacular round 2 KO victory against Alex Pereira. Stay tuned to Kingpin Pro for the latest updates and analysis on all your favorite MMA and UFC events. Download our app to gain access to expert predictions, in-depth analysis, and all the latest news on the MMA and UFC world. With Kingpin Pro, you'll always be ahead of the game.