Final Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to action last night (Sat., Feb. 13, 2021) with UFC 258 inside the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the main event of the evening, Kamaru Usman knocked out his former team player Gilbert Burns in the third round to retain his Welterweight title (see him again here). In the concussion, Alexa Grasso put on a good performance to give Maycee Barber her second straight loss (rebalancing).
Biggest winner: Kamaru Usman
It’s time to give Usman a little more respect for the name as “The Nigerian Nightmare” just keeps winning. The latest story on his belt came with the unveiling of his former American Top Team (ATT) stable in impressive fashion, ending his night with a little land and pound, set in motion. with some strong bumps on the legs. That is now 17 straight wins for the 170-pound champion, including a perfect 13-0 lead inside the Octagon. And Usman ‘s road has been far from easy, with his last four winners coming against Burns, Jorge Masvidal, Colby Covington and Tyron Woodley. That’s an unparalleled recap to say the least at Welterweight, which puts “The Nigerian Nightmare” at an elite level when it comes to the greatest ever. He’s already broken one of Georges St-Pierre’s records for most consecutive wins at 170 pounds by 13, and Usman seems to be just starting.
Second place: Anthony Hernandez
One of the biggest winners of the night came on the “Prelims” after Hernandez stunned Rodolfo Vieira, putting the world-class jiu-jitsu professional with an anaconda selection in the number one round. two. But it wasn’t easy as Hernandez had to put his defensive defense on the early point, getting out of some precarious positions in the first five minutes. Which says something because once Vieira catches you on the ground, it’s usually a game. This time, however, “The Black Belt Hunter” became a hunter and had to knock down, suffering the first loss of a martial arts (MMA) career. And if you took a risk on Hernandez and put a little money down on him to take away the huge amount you were in for a nice payday as he came in under 30-1. Speaking of money, Hernandez walked away with an extra $ 50K to win an incredible bid.
Biggest loser: Maycee Barber
After a storm out of the gates with three wins just inside the Octagon, all technical beats, the hype around Barber got out of hand with many doubling the next Ronda Rousey, champion in the future, the next big UFC star and so on. Since then, however, “The Future” has gone through quickly, losing to Roxanne Modafferi through a unanimous decision and now losing another in the same way, this time come up with Alexa Grasso. The 22-year-old’s attempt to beat Jon Jones ’record as even the youngest champion made the case a huge blow with back blows as she has to win a lot of fights in a hurry to get close to a shot at the title. It’s not to say whether Barber got the weight of the hype, but the truth remains, Modafferi and Grasso are just better. Barber has to make a lot of changes to get back on track because if she thought she was in for rough nights off against her two previous enemies, it only gets harder when which she begins to face the surface of the crop. And as far as all the UFC promotion love she was getting from the jump, she will soon realize that it will be a little less with a loss starting to pile up. That hard business of the fighting game.
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