UFC Vegas 44 featured a knockout of the year contender, a comeback of the year contender, and the greatest of all-time turning the clocks back and putting in a vintage performance. Check out those and all the rest of the highlights from the card after the break.
Jose Aldo def. Rob Font via Unanimous Decision (50-45 50-45, 49-46)
Jose Aldo showed why he truly is an all-time great, by essentially shutting out Rob Font over five rounds to secure the decision victory.
Rafael Fiziev def. Brad Riddell via TKO (Spinning Wheel Kick) (Rd. 3 2:20)
After two and a half rounds of excellent back and forth action, Rafael Fiziev submitted himself for Knockout of the Year lists, by landing a picture-perfect spinning wheel kick to get the TKO victory over Brad Riddell. Excellent bout.
Jamahal Hill def. Jimmy Crute via KO (Punches) (Rd. 1 0:48)
Jamahal Hill got the very early knockdown on Jimmy Crute, and then secured the finish with an absolutely devastating hammer first, all within the first minute.
Clay Guida def. Leonardo Santos via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke (Rd. 2 1:21)
In an incredible comeback, Clay Guida was nearly beaten to death in the first round, but was somehow able to weather the storm and secure the submission victory over Leonardo Santos.
Chris Curtis def, Alonzo Menifield via TKO (Punches and Knees) (Rd. 2 1:58)
By securing his 6th MMA win of 2021, and his 2nd UFC knockout in under a month, Chris Curtis is making an unlikely run at being Fighter of the Year award nominee.
Alex Morono def. Mickey Gall via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mickey Gall was unable to secure the takedown, and without that Alex Morono was able to easily outpoint him striking to secure the decision victory.
Dusko Todorovic def. Maki Pitolo via TKO (Punches) (Rd. 1 4:34)
Dusko Todorovic scored a brutal TKO victory via ground and pound against Maki Pitolo when he just devastated him from back mount with some heavy, heavy punches.
Manel Kape def Zhalgas Zhumagulov via TKO (Rd. 1 4:02)
Manel Kape was able to get the finish vs Zhalgas Zhumagulov near the end of the first round by unleashing an ungodly flurry of punches that eventually led to the ref stepping in.
Bryan Barberena def. Darian Weeks via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Bryan Barberena gritted out a decision victory over Darian Weeks in a very fun fight.
Cheyanne Vlismas def. Mallory Martin via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Cheyanne Vlismas was able to get the decision win over Mallory Martin over three rounds.
William Knight def. Alonzo Menifield via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
In a battle that featured ample swanging and banging, William Knight was able to do enough over the first two rounds that his diminished gas tank was able to coast through the final round and get the decision victory over Alonzo Menifield.
Claudio Puelles def. Chris Gruetzmacher via Submission (Kneebar) (Rd. 3 3:25)
Claudio Puelles was leading on the scorecards late in the third round, when he was able to find an odd slow-developing knee bar submission to get the finish over Chris Gruetzmacher.
Vince Morales def. Louis Smolka via KO (Punches) (Rd. 1 2:02)
Vince Morales shut Louis Smolka's lights out with a hook directly behind the ear near the mid-point of the first round to get the KO victory.