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UFC 287 Results: Adesanya Shocks the World
The UFC 287 results are in for Adesanya vs Pereira 2. The event aired in the Kaseya Center in Miami. The event aired live on pay-per-view and could be ordered through ESPN+. This was the 6th highest gate in UFC history, according to Dana White.
In the first round, Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira came out looking to do another elite striking match. Israel started to faint shooting in on Pereira but the round remained standing as each fighter had small successes. Alex Pereira really began to focus on leg kicks near the end of the round.
The second round had both fighters shooting higher. Headshots were the specials and Pereira began to get really busy in the first minute of the round. Adesanya pressured him with impressive strikes which Pereira answered with some calve kicks. A jab stunned Adesanya, however, Israel continued to press the action. With just under a minute left a leg kick buckled Adesanya. Alex Pereira smelled blood and continued to pursue Adesanya. Alex opened up a barrage of punches as Israel covered against the fence. Then it happened. Breaking cover Israel threw a right hand that stunned Pereira and another one that shut the lights off.
It seemed Israel had a point to prove. He would not be outdone as a striker, even while having a probable advantage on the ground. This win puts Israel in a short list of champions who were able to reclaim their belt in immediate rematches.
As for a rubber band match, or fifth contest (2 in kickboxing), Dana White has stated that Pereira is likely moving to 205lbs. During weigh-ins, Pereira had an hour left to lose 2 lbs. Though that may not sound like much, however, the truth is these fighters are often losing weight for a while prior to the weigh-ins, which doesn’t leave much.
In the co-main event, Gilbert Burns #5 vs Jorge Masvidal #11, the fight looked very competitive through the first round. Both men kept the fight standing and had some big moments in a difficult-to-score round, which was punctuated with a Gilbert Burns takedown.
In the second round, Gilbert Burns scored a huge takedown earlier in the round and controlled Jorge Masvidal. With about 2 minutes left in the round, it appeared that Masvidal was going to get back to his feet, however, Burns kept his relentless pursuit. Masvidal got back to his feet with 30 seconds remaining. Undoubtedly worn out from having Burns on top of him they fought to the buzzer.
In round 3 both men were comfortable standing. Burns threw out some jabs that found their mark. Masvidal controlled the center but Burns was turning up the pressure and seemed to rattle Masvidal with some big hooks. Masvidal wouldn’t back down even after Burns hit an uppercut combination and some big power punches. With nearly a minute left, Masvidal secured another takedown and worked until the buzzer.
Jorge Masvidal will possibly be hanging up his gloves following the fight. If that is the case then we wish you well on a hard-earned retirement.
This card was loaded with huge moments and great fights. Kevin Holland had an excellent finish in his fight against Santiago Ponzinibbio. Rob Font with an early KO. Christian Rodriguez upset a rising star in Raul Rosas Jr. The list is rather long and it is another feather in the UFC’s cap. Here’s the post-fight press conference courtesy of the UFC.
UFC 287 Results
Main Card (On pay-per-view at 9:00pm CDT)
Alex Pereira #c (7-2-0), (+115) vs Israel Adesanya #1 (24-2-0), (-135) – middleweight title bout – performance of the night – Adesanya by round 2 KO
Gilbert Burns #5 (22-5-0), (-490) vs Jorge Masvidal #11 (35-17-0), (+390) – welterweight bout – Burns by unanimous decision
Rob Font #6 (20-6-0), (+155) vs Adrian Yanez #12 (16-4-0), (-180) – bantamweight bout – performance of the night – Font by 1st round KO
Kevin Holland (24-9-0), (-245) vs Santiago Ponzinibbio (30-7-0), (+205) – welterweight bout – Holland by 3rd round KO
Raul Rosas Jr (7-1-0), (-225) vs Christian Rodriguez (9-1-0), (+190) – bantamweight bout – Rodriguez by unanimous decision
Prelims (Airing on ESPN+ at 7:00pm CDT)
Chris Curtis #14 (30-10-0), () vs Kelvin Gastelum #15 (18-8-0), () – middleweight bout – fight of the night – Gastelum by unanimous decision
Michelle Waterson-Gomez #10 (18-11-0), (+140) vs Luana Pinheiro #15 (11-1-0), (-165) – women’s strawweight bout
Gerald Meerschaert (35-16-0), (+160) vs Joe Pyfer (10-2-0), (-190) – middleweight bout – Pyfer by 1st round KO
Cynthia Calvillo #15 (9-6-1), (+230) vs Loopy Godinez (9-3-0), (-275) – women’s strawweight bout – Godinez by split decision
Early Prelims (Airing on UFC Fight Pass at 5:00pm CDT)
Ignacio Bahamondes (14-4-0), (-345) vs Trey Ogden (16-6-0), (+285) – catchweight bout – Bahamondes by unanimous decision
Shayilan Nuerdanbieke (39-11-0), (-200) vs Steve Garcia (14-5-0), (+170) – featherweight bout – Garcia by 2nd round KO/TKO
Jaqueline Amorim (6-1-0), (-240) vs Sam Hughes (8-5-0), (+200) – women’s strawweight bout
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