In the prelims for UFC Vegas 25, we saw a barnburner featherweight fight between TJ Brown and Kai Kamaka III and a disqualification in the featured prelim after some very flash judo.
See that, and all the rest of the highlights below.
Luana Pinheiro def. Randa Markos via Disqualification
Luana Pinheiro's judo was on display for most of the first round against Randa Markos, scoring multiple high amplitude throws. However, the first round was marred by fouls. First an eye-poke from Pinheiro to Markos, and then an illegal upkick from Markos which knocked out Pinheiro ending the fight.
Pinheiro looks quite raw, but man her judo is as flashy as can get. Lets hope we get to see more of her next time out.
After taking an illegal upkick from Randa Markos that led to a DQ, @LuPinheiroMMA is carried out of the octagon by her team.— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) May 2, 2021
-- @MMAJunkieJohn#UFCVegas25 Full results: https://t.co/8tbdzDaJUV pic.twitter.com/8RoAU2Buvg
TJ Brown def. Kai Kamaka III via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 27-30)
In an absolute war, TJ Brown emerged with a split decision over Kai Kamaka. Both men had significant moments, Kamaka scoring a knockdown in the second, and Brown rocking Kamaka in both the second and third, and also threatening with a pair of kimuras. Either man could've gotten the nod on the judge's scorecard, and even though the loser got a 30-27 scorecard, I feel really any scorecard in this fight was justified. If you missed it, this fight is worth checking out.
Luana Carolina def. Poliana Botelho via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
In a matchup of two Brazilians, Luana Carolina rebounded after clearly losing the first round to Poliana Botelho to get her hand raised via split decision. Carolina was getting out-classed on the feet, but her grappling was quite impressive, and she spent the majority of the third round in back mount. Worth noting that Carolina missed weight by two and a half pounds, and she looks very large for flyweight, so a division change may be in order.
Loma Lookboonmee def. Sam Hughes via Unaniamous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
In a matchup of contrasting experience levels, Muay Thai veteran Loma Lookboonmee defeated relative novice Sam Hughes in a fight that featured an abundance of cage wrestling. Lookboonmee showed her massive technical advantage to throw Hughes multiple times from the Thai clinch and got more work done against the cage. Despite the loss, Hughes accounted herself quite well considering the experience difference, and lets hope she can get an easier matchup her next time out after getting Tecia Torres, and Lookboonmee in her first two UFC fights.
Andreas Michailidis def. KB Bhullar via Unaniamous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Greece's Andreas Michailidis earned his first UFC victory by defeating Canada's KB Bhullar in a fairly boring fight. Michailidis came out like he was shot out of a cannon and threw huge power at Bhullar that seemed to scare Bhullar away from taking any risks the rest of the fight. Bhullar looked like he was in a sparring contest, and fought with zero urgency.
Felipe Colares def. Luke Sanders via Unaniamous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
In an excellent fight to kick off the card, Brazil's Felipe Colares survived an early barrage in the first round from Luke Sanders, and emerged with the decision victory. Colares showed a tonne of heart, and consistent pressure. In an emotional post-fight speech Colares dedicated the fight to his mother who's been diagnosed with cancer recently.