Three fights, three potential Fight of the Night contenders on the UFC 253 main card.
The UFC 253 main card (beneath the co-main event) delivered nothing but excitement. Each fight was more exciting than the last. Take a look at the highlights below.
Brandon Royval (no. 9) def. Kai Kara-France (no. 7) by submission via guillotine choke
What a fight! Royval and Kara-France dropped in the opening moments of an all-action bout that saw spinning back elbows, knees, omoplatas and more. Royval closed up shop early in round two, snatching an air-tight guillotine.
Ketlen Vieira (no. 7) def. Sijara Eubanks (no. 13) by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Vieira and Eubanks delivered a Fight of the Night-worthy scrap. Vieiria was clearly ahead in the first two round; however, Eubanks answered strong in round three.
Hakeem Dawodu def. Zubaira Tukhugov by split decision (29-28, 27-30, 28-29)
Dawodu and Tukhugov engaged in a fun firefight until Tukhugov began back-pedalling in round three. Despite the split decision, it was arguably a star-making performance for "Mean" Hakeem thanks to his crisp combinations, trash talk and eloquent post-fight interview.
UFC 253 takes place on Saturday, September 26 from Fight Island in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. The pay-per-view card is headlined by UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and challenger Paulo Costa. Keep up with Fightful for all your fight night coverage.