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UFC 209 results: Biggest Winners and Losers

Alistair Overeem defeated Mark Hunt by Knockout

In the battle between two behemoths, Mark Hunt, the walkaway knockout artist, started the fight at a blistering pace, firing several leg kicks. ‘The Reem’ adjusted quickly and retaliated with kicks of his own. Hunt opened a cut on his shin when Overeem checked one of his kicks. Overeem stayed patient and avoided Hunt’s big right hand using his movement well. Hunt maintained his position and got in some offence in the second round, while Overeem tried to get the advantage on the clinch. The Dutchman caught Hunt with a devastating knee and landed a second while Hunt was going down, which was enough to put the lights out. 

 

 

Dan Kelly defeated Rashad Evans by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Kelly came into the fight having won four of his last five fights, while Evans’ tally stood at two. The southpaw Kelly caused problems for Evans early on, using his angles well. Evans attempted a take-down and connected with a few shots of his own. Kelly uncocked a flurry of uppercuts and got Evans off-balance. The underdog came into his own in the second round and started reading Evans’ feints well. But the veteran Evans landed a vicious combination  Kelly covered distance well and controlled the centre of the Octagon during the third round. Both fighters emphasised on their striking, with Kelly gaining the upper hand with better-timed left-hand shots. Evans responded with another combination. The close contest could have gone either way, but it was the underdog Dan Kelly who got the nod from the judges in a split decision win.

 

 

David Teymur defeated Lando Vannata by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Swedish fighter David Teymur was coming off of two knockout wins and was vying to cement himself as a challenger in the lightweight division. In what became the co-main event, Teymur controlled the central position. Vannata unleashed a spinning back fist early and followed it up with a cartwheel kick. Teymur came back with right hands to wrestle the momentum back in his favour. With some strong left shots landing for him, Teymur threw caution to the wind. The Swede’s strategy changed and he connected with knees. Vannata retaliated and again did damage with a spin kick. Teymur took Vannata down to tilt the scores in his favour. That led to a sequence of take-downs for Teymur, whose offence got better as the fight went on. Vannata gassed towards the end and that proved to be the deciding factor in the unanimous decision win for the rising star.

 

 

Tyron Woodley defeated Stephen Thompson via Majority Decision (48-47, 47-47, 48-47)

Tyron Woodley came into this rematch looking to cement his legacy as one of the greatest Welterweights in UFC history. Stephen Thompson claimed to have figured out a way to beat the defending champion. The fight was a heavily tactical case, with ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson getting the better of Woodley. Thompson manoeuvred himself expertly and kept the champion’s punches at bay. Woodley attempted to take Thompson down and succeeded midway through the third round. The action was fast-paced as both fighters had plenty left in the tank going into the championship rounds. Thompson’s unorthodox style and sound execution had handed him the advantage at that point but the champion came out big in the tough moments. Thompson slowed down and tried to play to the clock, but Woodley clocked him with his dreaded right hand and took him down again. The fight was very close to a stoppage, but Wonderboy got up and stayed in the fight. In the end, the two fighters again engaged in a very closely-fought contest. The judges’ scorecards gave the champion the victory. Woodley’s flurry at the end proved to be the difference in his successful title defence.
 

 

Cynthia Calvillo defeated Amanda Cooper via submission

Calvillo, a member of Team Alpha Male, made her presence felt and put on a clinical performance to defeat Amanda Cooper in the first round. Calvillo was aggressive right out of the gate and imposed her dominance on Cooper early on. Cooper tried to put up some resistance, but Calvillo countered admirably. Soon after seeing off Cooper’s wayward shots, Calvillo caught her in an Anaconda Choke, which was then turned into a Rear Naked Choke in a flash. Cooper had no choice but to submit.

 

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