UFC 301 plump card outcomes, schedule for Alexandre Pantoja vs. Steve Erceg, the return of Jose Aldo and more

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UFC 301 plump card outcomes, schedule for Alexandre Pantoja vs. Steve Erceg, the return of Jose Aldo and more

Fatherland hero Alexandre Pantoja reigned supreme in Brazil as he efficiently defended the UFC flyweight title in a arduous-fought contest in opposition to Steve Erceg at UFC 301. 

Pantoja obtained by process of unanimous determination (Forty eight-47, Forty eight-47, 49-46) in his first fight wait on in Brazil since 2013. The Wearing News scored the fight Forty eight-47 in desire of Pantoja. It became a fight with top-tier competitors that proved flyweights belong in the foremost match. 

The fight became moderately even to many, with each giving it their all. Erceg landed early combos because the Aussie, ranked tenth, looked to shock the arena. Nevertheless, Pantoja landed takedowns to handbook obvious of wretchedness. Despite the truth that he didn’t present mighty wretchedness, it tired Erceg out. Erceg’s kicks helped him in the later rounds, as did his punches and elbows, forcing Pantoja to bleed by the glimpse. The Aussie’s 80 critical head strikes trumped Pantoja’s 54. 

At one level, Pantoja did ragdoll Erceg all the blueprint in which thru the octagon, having 5:44 of control time. Nevertheless the announcers identified that there wasn’t mighty wretchedness finished on the floor. Pantoja took that to coronary heart and slammed him down in the fifth, his ninth takedown of the fight, and supplied wretchedness to the physique in the cease. The champion took just right thing a pair of number of failed takedown attempts by Erceg and secured the win for his 2d profitable title protection. 

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Pantoja prolonged his win scramble to six. Erceg’s eleven-fight win scramble came to an cease. 

After a arduous fought fight the flyweight gold will protect in Brazil! 🏆🇧🇷#UFC301 | @PantojaMMA pic.twitter.com/FrHibBJBbF

— UFC (@ufc) Might maybe perchance maybe 5, 2024

A passionate Brazil crowd, over 14,000+ stable, witnessed a sleeper card turn into into an entertaining fight evening. It became highlighted by the legendary  Mauricio “Shogun” Rua being announced for the UFC Corridor of Repute this summer season. 

Speaking of Brazilian pleasure, the co-foremost match seen Jose Aldo return to MMA motion for the foremost time since 2022 in opposition to Jonathan Martinez. Aldo wore a crown to the octagon, highlighting his “King of Rio” nickname. The 37-year-extinct looked adore his classic self, touchdown crisp photos that pushed Martinez wait on. He managed a uncommon takedown in the third round, his first since 2014, to a thunderous ovation. 

Aldo obtained by process of unanimous determination. It became the closing fight of his UFC deal, because the aged featherweight champion and Corridor of Famer would be prepared to switch to a profession in boxing. Nevertheless, he hinted at persevering with to fight in the octagon.

“Perchance we can arrive wait on in right here and change into the champion,” Aldo talked about.

Impressed with his bear efficiency tonight, @JoseAldoJunior doesn’t desire this to be his closing time interior the Octagon! #UFC301 pic.twitter.com/jadjYf69fo

— UFC (@ufc) Might maybe perchance maybe 5, 2024

Within the intervening time, Anthony Smith earned his first submission win since 2021 by touchdown a guillotine in opposition to Vitor Petrino. “Lionheart” called his shot and is now 2-1 in his closing three fights. The win silenced the crew, and the 35-year-extinct proved age is correct a host. 

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While he doesn’t care mighty about gold now, a win and shifting wait on up in the sunshine heavyweight rankings would possibly perchance well well even alternate his mind.

Michel Pereira is on an eight-fight win scramble after beating Ihor Potieria, who competed in the closing fight of “Shogun’s” profession. The Maraba-born Pereira started sizzling from the jump with vicious photos and then submitted Potieria interior the foremost minute of the competition. 

Pereira did land a backflip all the blueprint thru the fight, and his shin would possibly perchance well well delight in hit Potieria illegally. It wouldn’t were shimmering to overturn it in Brazil. He gets a win, for now, and a doable number next to his name in the middleweight rankings. 

MICHEL PEREIRA GETS THE STANDING GUILLOTINE IN THE FIRST MINUTE 😳 #UFC301 pic.twitter.com/uIdW7sXaFO

— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) Might maybe perchance maybe 5, 2024

Opening the foremost card, Caio Borralho knocked out Paul Craig. He landed immense rights and lefts, with one shot handsome in opposition to the cage that pushed Craig’s neck wait on and forward. It became a spacious win for Borralho as he moreover seems to reach in the middleweight rankings, where he is 14th. 

Other highlights from the match consist of Jack Shore apparently breaking his leg in opposition to Joanderson Brito. A leg kick compelled Shore’s leg to get busted originate, with a colossal hole forming. The referee and doctor did no longer desire the wretchedness to get worse, if doable, ending the fight.

The Wearing News supplied outcomes from the whole UFC 301 card. 

UFC 301 plump card outcomes

Fundamental Card

  • Alexandre Pantoja (c) def. Steve Erceg for the UFC flyweight title (Forty eight-47, Forty eight-47, 49-46)
  • Jose Aldo def. Jonathan Martinez by process of unanimous determination (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Anthony Smith def. Vitor Petrino by process of submission (2:00 into round one)
  • Michel Pereira def. Ihor Potieria by process of submission (0:54 into round one)
  • Caio Borralho def. Paul Craig by process of KO (2:10 into round two)

Prelims

  • Joanderson Brito def. Jack Shore by process of TKO (3:35 into round two) 
  • Iasmin Lucindo; def. Karolina Kowalkiewicz by process of unanimous determination (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) 
  • Myktybek Orolbai def. Elves Brener by process of unanimous determination (29-27, 29-27, 29-27) 
  • Drakkar Klose def. Joaquim Silva by process of unanimous determination (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Early Prelims

  • Mauricio Ruffy def. Jamie Mullarkey by process of TKO (4:42 into round one)
  • Dione Barbosa def. Ernesta Kareckaite by process of unanimous determination (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Ismael Bonfim def. Vinc Pichel by process of unanimous determination (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Alessandro Costa def. Kevin Borjas by process of TKO (1:35 into round two)

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