On a night that was filled with thrilling victories from English fighters, Darren Till was unable to put the cherry on top, as he fell to Derek Brunson in the main event of UFC Vegas 36. See all the highlights from the card that was transplanted from England after the jump.
Derek Brunson def. Darren Till via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) (Rd. 3 2:13)
The late-career resurgence of Derek Brunson continues, as he runs his winning streak to five with a rather dominant submission victory over Darren Till. Till came out aggressive scoring some early shots on the feet, but quickly Brunson's wrestling game took over, and his aggressive ground and pound cut Till up, and ground him down. While Till seemed to be making a comeback in the third, an ill-advised guillotine attempt by Till allowed Brunson to secure the last takedown he needed, and shortly after that, he secured the choke victory. Post-fight Brunson called for a rematch with Israel Adesenya, and stated he was willing to sit on the sidelines and wait for the presumed matchup between Adesenya and Whittaker to take place.
Tom Aspinal def. Serghei Spivak via TKO (Punches) (Rd. 1 2:31)
Tom Aspinal continues to march his way up the heavyweight division with his fourth straight win in the UFC. Aspinal walked through Serghei Spivak, didn't take any major blows from Spivak, and after knocking Spivak down with an elbow, short ground and pound gained the stoppage. At just 28 years old, Aspinal is a very exciting rising heavyweight prospect.
Alex Morono def. David Zawada via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
In a professional win on short notice, Alex Morono put in work dispatching David Zawada via a wide decision win. Morono rocked Zawada with numerous headshots, including a nasty spinning backfist in the third. Morono continues to build his reputation as an action fighter that's always great to watch.
Khalil Rountree Jr. def. Modestas Bukauskas via TKO (Leg Kick) (Rd. 2 2:30)
Khalil Rountree scored one of the most violent leg kick TKO victories you will ever see to defeat Modestas Bukauskas. Rountree came out like he was shot out of a cannon, and rocked Bukauskas early, breaking his nose, and badly hurting him. While Bukauskas managed to weather that storm, in the second round, Rountree landed a downward stomp to Bukauskas' knee which exploded it, and the fight was immediately stopped. Viewer discretion is advised.
HOLY FUCKING SHIT! NASTY KICK BY KHALIL ROUNTREE!! pic.twitter.com/BYBx1ZVGh1— (@FTBVids_YT) September 4, 2021
Paddy Pimblett def Luigi Vendramini via TKO (Punches) (Rd. 1 4:25)
Making his UFC debut, Paddy Pimblett made a serious statement. Early on in his bout with Luigi Vendramini, Pimblett got rocked, but he fought through it, and rocked Vendramini, and got the finish before the end of the first round. The kid has a tonne of personality, and there could be very big things in his future.
PADDY THE BADDY— UFC (@ufc) September 4, 2021
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The hype is real -- pic.twitter.com/WFiEk2FtrJ— UFC (@ufc) September 4, 2021
Molly McCann def. Ji Yeon Kim via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
In a very fun action fight, Molly McCann emerged victorious over Ji Yeon Kim. McCann spent the entire fight moving forward, and while Kim was effective, the pressure of McCann is what carried the fight. There appeared to be a knockdown in round one as McCann went down, but it wound up being from a clash of heads.
Jack Shore def. Liudvik Sholinian via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
In a fairly routine victory, Wales' Jack Shore defeated Liudvik Sholinian in all elements of the bout. Early on Shore secured a few slick takedowns, and threatened with an arm triangle. As the bout progressed, Shore's standup skills also were just clearly a level above Sholinian. In the post-fight speech, Shore noted he was also fighting with a torn bicep he had put off surgery for, which makes this victory even more impressive.
Julian Erosa def. Charles Jourdain via Submission (D'Arce Choke) (Rd. 3 2:56)
Julian Erosa and Charles Jourdain engaged in an excellent back and forth kickboxing match for the first two rounds with each man likely winning a round on the judges' scorecards. In the third, however, Erosa switched his approach and secured a few takedowns, and managed to trap Jourdain in a D'Arce choke as he was getting back to his feet. A second really fun fight to start the card.
Marc-Andre Barriault def. Dalcha Lungiambula via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
In an excellent fight to start the card off Marc-Andre Barriault used constant pressure and a high volume striking approach to defeat South Africa's Dalcha Lungiambula. Barriault has now won two straight and has shown excellent development after his camp change to train under Henry Hooft. A really fun bout, with action to the final bell.
Low blow ---- pic.twitter.com/hFDGUQiYeF— (@FTBVids_YT) September 4, 2021
Absolute WAR between Lungiambula-Barriault! pic.twitter.com/9VIAnJjFb2— (@FTBVids_YT) September 4, 2021