The UFC 254 main card, co-main event and down, did not disappoint with a Fight of the night contender, courtesy of Robert Whittaker and Jared Cannonier, and four finishes.
Whittaker and Cannonier went back-and-forth in a three-round battle that may assign the next UFC middleweight title challenger. The likes of Magomed Ankalaev and Alexander Volkov turned in impressive finishes further down the card. Take a look below for some of the UFC 254 main card highlights.
Robert Whittaker (no. 1) def. Jared Cannonier (no. 2) by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Whittaker showed off the skills that earned him a UFC middleweight title and multiple title defenses. He and Cannonier engaged in a competitive fight. The first two saw the middleweights exchanging stirkes; meanwhile, the third featured a big knock down by Whittaker and a near comeback from his opponent.
High level striking in this one!— UFC (@ufc) October 24, 2020
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Alexander Volkov (no. 7) def. Walt Harris (no. 10) by TKO via strikes (1:15, R2)
Volkov and Harris turned in an exciting dance led primarily by the Russian. The finish came in round two after Volkov landed an expertly placed front kick to the mid-section. The impact elicited an audible groan from Harris who was TKOed shortly after.
Phil Hawes def. Jacob Malkoun by KO via strikes (0:18, R1)
"Hawes got paws!" UFC fighter Belal Muhammad put it perfectly. It took only 18 seconds for the cool, calm and crushing power of Hawes to separate Malkoun from conciousness.
Lauren Murphy (no. 5) def. Liliya Shakirova by submission via rear-naked choke (3:31, R2)
Murphy took the fight to Shakriova, taking the back and finishing her midway through round two. During her post-fight interview, Murphy made her plea for a UFC title shot.
Magomed Ankalaev (no. 11) def. Ion Cutelaba by KO via strikes (4:19, R1)
Ankalaev put any doubt to rest by separating Cutelaba from conciousness in the closing minute of round one on the UFC 254 main card opener.
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