UFC 246 ‘McGregor vs. Cerrone’ – Play by Play Update & LIVE Results

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Diego Ferreira defeated Anthony Pettis via Submission in Round 2

Former champ and now #11 Lightweight Anthony Pettis has been switching between lightweight and welterweight divisions lately. He has experienced wins and loss in both these ventures, most recently suffering a decision loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 241. In his light weight return, he faces an unranked fighter Ferreira who is on a five fight win streak, including a decision over Mairbek Taisumov at UFC 242.

The success for Diego came through his BJJ as he relied on it more than ever to take the fight to the ground and avoid taking any damage in the stand up against Pettis. Constantly lifting his lead leg over the fear of getting kicked by Pettis, Diego used it as an advantage. He hopped on single leg to close the distance and clinch Pettis while he had to fend off the strikes coming his way. Pettis didn’t get any room whatsoever to use his signature kicks and was forced to deal with Digeo’s take down attempts and grappling in the first round. In the second round, Diego applied the same tactics and once he latched onto Pettis’ back, he dragged him into his world on the ground and began putting on Brazilian jiu-jitsu clinic. Within no time, Diego advanced his position and when he saw an opening to slip his forearm under Pettis’ chin he did it effortlessly. The end of the fight came at 1:46 into round two as Pettis tapped out to the rear naked choke which had some angle of a neck crank too it. Never the less, it was the biggest in of Diego Ferreira’s career as he earned his sixth win in a row.

“That’s pretty good to see my work got done,” Ferreira said following the win. “Right now I see the process and the results. I’m super happy.

Brian Kelleher defeated Ode Osbourne via Submission in Round 1

When life gives you lemons, you’ve got to make lemonades. Might come across as a cliche but that’s exactly what happened with Brian Kelleher. Brian was scheduled to fight on the preliminary part of the card, but got a late call to have his fight moved to the main event. Brian Kelleher made the most of it as he had everything on the line as he lost his last two fights.

Ode Osbourne who got his break on Dana White’s Contender Series, was making his UFC debut against the veteran Kelleher. Looking to make a flashy start to his fight, Osbourne crawled out from his corner and exploded with a jumping punch at Kelleher. But Kelleher countered with a well-timed takedown. Once Kelleher got the fight to the floor, all he wanted to do was choke Osbourne out. With a slight opening for the guillotine choke, Kelleher locked onto the neck and pressed Osbourne against the cage to put pressure on his neck. Kelleher moved to his back to secure a most comfortable position and then latched the submission with his arms tied up. Osbourne was so tangled up that he had to use his foot tap out. A much needed win for Kelleher, who moves to 4-3 in the UFC while handing Osbourne his first loss inside the Octagon.

Alexey Oleynik defeated Maurice Greene via Submission in Round 2

With the submissions on a roll at UFC 246, comes another submission win but this time in the heavyweight division. Aleksei Oleinik not only submitted his opponent but this was his 46th career submission win.

But the win didn’t come easy and Aleksei Oleinik had to dig deep to finish Maurice Greene. Greene a noted kickboxer forced Oleinik immediately looking for the takedowns from the first round. Once Aleksei got hold of Greene, he positioned himself for one of his famous Ezekiel chokes. The hold lasted for so long that saw Greene not making any movement just trying to resist the submission. But he survived. The 42-year-old veteran burnt all his energy trying to squeeze Greene by the end of first round. In the second round, Aleksei was dead serious to get his submission win. But Greene was waiting with his strikes. Aleksei weathered the storm and eventually secured the takedown. Seizing on an opening for an arm bar, Oleinik locked up the hold and then went for the submission real hard until Greene tapped out at 4:38 secs of second round.

Holly Holm defeated Raquel Pennington via Unanimous Decision

The rematch that was set to take place last year in Australia, had to be moved wit Holly’s injury. Now back and healthy, the former champion was more than willing to give Raquel her chance for redemption in the co-main event. Holly’s UFC debut in 2015 against Raquel ended in a split decision win and since then Raquel wanted to get back at her.

Both Raquel and Holly engaged in a clinch battle against the cage just trying to prove whose clinch game was the best. Whenever, they broke out it would result in Raquel going after Holly who was so evasive in her style that made Raquel frustrate and lose focus. Raquel tried to close the distance, but Holly would grab onto her with a body lock and push her against the cage to maintain a dominant position. Through out the fight, Holly was able to land and out strike Raquel with her faster punches and knee kicks. Overall it was a great win for Holly, who got her hand raised after her last loss.

Conor McGregor defeated Donald Cerrone via TKO in Round 1

The main event fight lasted just 40 secs. Which is what McGregor needed to put away Cerrone after 15 months of in activity inside the Octagon.

Cerrone look frozen, unable to pull any plug. Lost right inside the center of the cage. Even after missing the left hand from McGreggor and getting into the clinch Cerrone’s eyes looked cold and blank. Like he was just not there.  McGregor landed a series of shoulder shrugs which busted open Cerrone’s nose, a somewhat rare phenomenon in MMA. Once they separated, a barrage of strikes came Cerrone’s way who was unable to defend them. A left head kick dropped him and McGregor quickly capitalized the situation as Cerrone dropped to the canvas in a fetal position. Herb Dean gave Cerrone enough time to recover, but the strikes were too hard to handle. He had to stop the fight right at :40 secs mark of the first round.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sohail Syed

Sohail Syed

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