Sunday, April 14

Ilia Topuria Knocks Out Alexander Volkanovski


  • Anthony Hernandez secures a rear naked choke victory over Roman Kopylov in round 2 after engaging in a back-and-forth battle.
  • Amanda Lemos defeats Mackenzie Dern by unanimous decision, showcasing her striking skills and nearly securing a finish.
  • Merab Dvalishvili dominates Henry Cejudo in an intense bantamweight clash, securing a unanimous decision victory.

The UFC makes its highly anticipated return to the Honda Center with an electrifying featherweight championship showdown, as Alexander Volkanovski puts his title on the line against the undefeated Spanish-Georgian star Ilia Topuria.

Additionally, fans can expect an intense bantamweight clash between Merab Dvalishvili and Henry Cejudo, a bout that could very well determine the next title challenger in the division. Adding to the excitement, Robert Whittaker aims to bounce back from a loss to the reigning champion as he faces off against Paolo Costa in a thrilling middleweight showdown.


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Zhang Mingyang Knocks Out Brendson Ribeiro

Mingyang Got It Done In One Round

Zhang Mingyang

Brendson Ribeiro

16-6 (Pre-Fight Record)

15-5 (Pre-Fight Record)

Zhang Mingyang engaged in a heated exchange with Brendson Ribeiro in the pocket, but the risk paid off as he ultimately delivering the decisive one to secure a sensational knockout victory at the onset of his UFC career.

The light heavyweight fighters wasted no time as they commenced their bout, unleashing powerful strikes right from the start. Both fighters landed significant shots as they converged in close quarters. Zhang stunned Ribeiro with a well-timed right hand, swiftly followed by a left hook that sent him to the canvas.

Rinya Nakamura Defeats Carlos Vera Via Unanimous Decision

Vera Submission Attempts Failed To Stop Nakamura’s Undefeated Streak

Rinya Nakamura UFC 298

Rinya Nakamura

Carlos Vera

8-0 (Pre-Fight Record)

11-3 (Pre-Fight Record)

Throughout the initial round, the bantamweights engaged in a tactical struggle on the mat, with Vera actively seeking leg locks while Nakamura focused on defense, countering, and seizing opportunities to strike. In the subsequent two rounds, Nakamura managed to stifle Vera’s tactics more effectively, particularly after Vera sustained a shoulder injury.

Marcos Rogerio de Lima Stops Junior Tafa Via TKO

The Calf Kicks Did The Trick

Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs Junior Tafa

Marcos Rogerio de Lima

Junior Tafa

21-9-1 (Pre-Fight Record)

5-1 (Pre-Fight Record)

Despite the late change in opponents from elder brother Justin to younger brother Junior, the Brazilian veteran remained systematically targeted the lead leg of the Australian heavyweight in the first half of the opening round. The first leg kick to the calf started it all, and early in the second round De Lima ultimately secured the victory.

Amanda Lemos Defeats Mackenzie Dern by Unanimous Decision

Dern Showed Her Toughness But It Wasn’t Enough

Amanda Lemos Defeats Mackenzie Dern UFC 298

Amanda Lemos

Mackenzie Dern

13-3-1 (Pre-Fight Record)

13-4 (Pre-Fight Record)

In the initial stages of the first round, Lemos focused her assault on Dern’s lead leg, inflicting damage with a barrage of powerful kicks before finding herself taken down and controlled on the ground. In the following round, Lemos gained momentum, putting Dern on the defensive with a counter left hand that sparked a flurry of potent strikes, nearly securing a finish. Despite Dern’s aggressive start in the third round, where she attempted to control the bout by pressuring Lemos with submission attempts, it wasn’t sufficient to tilt the fight in her favor.

Anthony Hernandez Submits Roman Kopylov In Round 2

Hernandez And Kopylov Put On A Show

Anthony Hernandez and Roman Kopylov UFC 298

Anthony Hernandez

Roman Kopylov

11-2 (Pre-Fight Record)

12-2 (Pre-Fight Record)

Hernandez continued to press forward, engaging in exchanges with the determined Kopylov, yet neither fighter managed to land any significant strikes to dominate the round. However, Hernandez shifted the momentum in the second round with precise striking. He managed to take Kopylov to the ground and eventually secured a rear naked choke for the victory.

Merab Dvalishvili Dominates Henry Cejudo Wins Via Unanimous Decision

Triple C Had A Great Opening Round

Merab Dvalishvili vs Henry Cejudo

Merab Dvalishvili

Henry Cejudo

16-4 (Pre-Fight Record)

16-3 (Pre-Fight Record)

Cejudo kicked off the bout impressively against the Georgian sensation, landing a powerful counterhook that Dvalishvili absorbed effectively. However, Merab proceeded to assert his dominance over the following two rounds with his relentless pressure fighting style, seamlessly blending his wrestling and striking abilities. This left Cejudo with minimal opportunities to launch his offense.

Ian Garry Beats Geoff Neal By Split Decision

A Slow Pace Fight Which Questionable Judging

Ian Garry Geoff Neal UFC 298

Ian Machado Garry

Geoff Neal

13-0 (Pre-Fight Record)

15-5 (Pre-Fight Record)

In the opening round, Neal closes the distance effectively, but Garry skillfully utilizes a combination of kicks, knees, and punches to narrowly claim the round. Over the subsequent two rounds, the Irish fighter showcased superior striking, particularly with his impressive kicks, outperforming Neal in the exchanges. The scorecard read 30-27 for Garry, 28-29 for Neal and 28-29 for Garry for a split decision victory.

Robert Whittaker Gets The Decision Against Paulo Costa

The Former Champion Outworked His Opponent

Robert Whittaker

Paulo Costa

24-7 (Pre-Fight Record)

14-2 (Pre-Fight Record)

Both fighters exchanged in the first round with Whittaker hurting Costa with low leg kicks. After fiery exchanges, Costa landed a spinning heel kick at the end of the round which wobbled the former champion. Whittaker is busted up from the jab in the second round but comes back with a strong response, landing several excellent combinations on Costa. The Brazilian didn’t appear hurt but lost the round due to Whittaker’s work rate.

In the third round, Whittaker slows down slightly as Costa turns up the heat with his consistent low kicks to his opponent’s lead leg. The former champion continues his high work rate and continues to outland Costa who doesn’t appear hurt and frequently taunts Whittaker.

Ilia Topuria Knocks Out Alexander Volkanovski

The Georgian-Spanish Star Lives Up To The Hype

Alexander Volkanovski

Ilia Topuria

26-3 (Pre-Fight Record)

14-0 (Pre-Fight Record)

Topuria started slowly with Volkanovski slightly taking the first round. Ilia waited patiently for his finishing shot and landed a combination that knocked out the long reigning champion.

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