UFC on FOX 29: Results and Analysis

UFC on FOX 29 is finally in the books after a whopping 14 fights spanning just under seven hours. As everyone expected, the main even was absolutely fantastic as Dustin Poirier (23-5-0, 1NC) and Justin Gaethje (18-2-0) went to war.

Preliminary Card

  • Luke Sanders (12-2-0) def. Patrick Williams (8-6-0) with a unanimous decision. Sanders continued to let his opponents back into the fight even when they’re being dominated. Sanders focused on the head instead of attacking the body, but he got the win.
  • Alejandro Perez (20-6-1) def. Matthew Lopez (10-3-0) with a second round TKO. Lopez dominated the first round, but Perez hurt Lopez with knees after stuffing a takedown. He then poured on the punishment for a TKO victory.
  • Adam Wieczorek (10-1-0) def. Arjan Bhullar (7-1-0) with a second round submission (omoplata). This is only the second time this ever happened in the UFC.
  • Yushin Okami (35-11-0) def. Dhiego Lima (12-7-0) with a unanimous decision. Okami repeatedly took down Lima, who injured his ribs, and won a comfortable decision.
  • Lauren Mueller (5-0-0) def. Shana Dobson (3-3-0) with a unanimous decision. Mueller hurt Dobson early and dominated much of the third round. But Dobson had Mueller in trouble in the final minute thanks to body shots.
  • Gilbert Burns (14-2-0) def. Dan Moret (13-5-0) with a second round KO. Burns hit More with a devastating uppercut to end the fight.
  • Brad Tavares (17-4-0) def. Krzysztof Jotko (19-4-0) with a third round TKO. Tavares dropped Jotko with a short right in the final round and then finished him with hammerfists.
  • John Moraga (19-6-0) def. Wilson Reis (22-9-0) with a unanimous decision. Moraga’s boxing was good and did exceptionally well with the grappling exchanges with a superior grappler in Reis.
  • Muslim Salikhov (14-2-0) def. Ricky Rainey (13-5-0) with a second round KO. Salikhov blasted Rainey with a well-timed right hand and then knocked him out with three more punches.
  • Antonio Carlos Junior (10-2-0, 1NC) def. Tim Boetsch (21-12-0) with a first round submission (rear-naked choke). Once Antonio Carlos took Tim Boetsch down, it was complete domination. Carlos tied up his left wrist while pummelling him with ground-and-pound. He then sunk in the rear-naked choke to get the first round submission victory.

Main Card

  • Michelle Waterson (15-6-0) def. Cortney Casey (7-6-0) with a split decision. Casey dominated the first round through striking, while the second and third round was extremely close. Waterson fended off a late armour attempt and ultimately scored the decision victory.
  • Israel Adesanya (13-0-0) def. Marvin Vettori (12-4-1) with a split decision. Adesanya didn’t get the flashy knocked win some may have expected, but picked up a decision victory.
  • Alex Oliveira (19-4-1, 2NC) def. Carlos Condit (30-12-0) with a second round submission (guillotine choke). Condit almost submitted Oliveira in the first round, but Oliveira caught him with an upkick midway through the second round. Condit was rocked and shot for a takedown. Oliveira then forced the tap via a guillotine choke.
  • Dustin Poirier (23-5-0, 1NC) def. Justin Gaethje (18-2-0) with a fourth round TKO. Gaethje continued to batter Poirier’s legs with kicks while Poirier landed a ridiculously high percentage of significant strikes. Multiple eye pokes meant Herb Dean rightfully docked Gaethje a point in the third round. In the fourth round, Poirier responded with an outstanding counter left and a devastating series of punches to score the TKO victory.  Dustin Poirier called for a title fight vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Remarks

Overall, this was an exciting show and I highly recommend watching this (especially the main event). If you haven’t done so already, grab a UFC fight pass and start your 7-day free trial.

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