UFC Vegas 49: Winners And Losers

    ByElliott Nash

    Feb 27, 2022

    UFC Vegas 49 was the last fight night before the big PPV next weekend between superstar Jorge Masvidal and the controversial Colby Covington. The fight, as typical of non-PPVs, was held at their apex centre in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card was built around Islam Makhachev and Bobby Green in their short-notice fight.

    Islam Makhachev – Winner

    Due to his original opponent, Beneil Dariush dropping out due to injury, Makhachev found it difficult to find an opponent who is willing to take on the former European Sambo champion. Knowing that Islam will inevitably take down anyone who he comes up against, he did exactly that against Bobby Green as there were monumental differences between the two in the wrestling department. Finishing his opponent in round 1 due to GnP, there’s no question Islam deserves a title shot after the Gaethje vs Oliveira bout. However, due to taking close to no damage from Green (only receiving 9 significant strikes), he may want to fight someone beforehand, to keep himself busy. Only Dustin Poirier and Beneil Dariush are currently above him in the rankings, so there’s not much to choose from. However, rescheduling a bout does seem unlikely.

    Wellington Turman – Winner

    Finishing his opponent in his first co-main event spot of his career, Turman turned threw up a wild armbar to capture a win over his dominating opponent. Still needing to push his name out there, he’ll be ready to fight anyone to get established. Maybe rescheduling a previous cancelled bout like Rodolfo Vieira might excite him and fans alike.

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    Arman Tsarukyan – Winner

    In a prospect vs prospect fight, it was Tsarukyan who came out on top, bloodying his opponent via heavy grounded strikes. Being awarded performance of the night, the Armenian-Russian fighter has captured the attention of fans everywhere who believe he will be going right to the very top. He believes he should be fighting a top 10 opponent next and has mentioned Gregor Gillespie to be his favoured choice.

    Bobby Green – Loser

    Although coming second best is no one desired outcome, it was a win-win situation for Green as he had the insurance of fighting a title contender on short notice, who couldn’t be a worse matchup for him if he tried. But sadly for Bobby, he wasn’t able to show his showmanship inside the octagon, as he looks dust himself off and prepares for his next fight. Due to the favour he took for the UFC (fighting Islam Makhachev when nobody else wanted to) we could see a more favourable matchup in the future, stylistically speaking. Maybe someone like Jim Miller or Brad Riddel could be on the cards.

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    Misha Cirkunov – Loser

    Unable to capture a winning routine, Misha has failed to win since 2019, demonising him more and more in the eyes of the UFC. What makes matters worse was that Middleweight was seen to the new chapter in his life but he is still yet to see a win in the 185 lbs division. However, the upside of Cirkunov’s poor form is that he still looks competitive, even in the losing fights which suggest he could be back to winning ways sooner rather than later.

    Joel Alvarez – Loser

    The Spanish submission artist was devastatingly battered against his opponent this weekend in a bout most people believed would be a lot closer. However, there’s no doubt Alvarez is still someone to look out for so no stock was lost from his end. However, his next fight will be just as important as ever, as, like Tsarukyan against Makhachev, will want this to be a minor blip on his record which most won’t take too profoundly.

    Quick Results

    Islam Makhachev vs. Bobby Green — Makhachev def. Green by TKO (punches) at 3:23 of Rd1
    Misha Cirkunov vs. Wellington Turman — Turman def. Cirkunov by submission (armbar) at 1:29 of Rd2
    Ji Yeon Kim vs. Priscila Cachoeira — Cachoeira def. Kim by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
    Joel Alvarez vs. Arman Tsarukyan — Tsarukyan def. Alvarez by TKO (punches) at 1:57 of Round2
    Gregory Rodrigues vs. Armen Petrosyan — Petrosyan def. Rodrigues by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
    Ignacio Bahamondes vs. Rong Zhu — Bahamondes def. Rong by submission (guillotine choke) at 1:40 of Rd3
    Josiane Nunes vs. Ramona Pascual — Nunes def. Pascual by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 30-26)
    Terrance McKinney vs. Fares Ziam — McKinney def. Ziam by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:11 of Rd1
    Alejandro Perez vs. Jonathan Martinez — Martinez def. Perez by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
    Ramiz Brahimaj vs. Micheal Gillmore — Brahimaj def. Gillmore by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:02 of Rd1
    Victor Altamirano vs. Carlos Hernandez — Hernandez def. Altamirano by split decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

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