What a night it was at UFC 287! The energy was electric as fans eagerly awaited the epic showdowns that were about to unfold. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint. From start to finish, this was a PPV event that had it all.
First up, the main event. The one everyone had been waiting for. The ‘Last Stylebender’ himself, Israel Adesanya, was back in the octagon and looking to regain his middleweight crown from Alex Pereira. And boy, did he deliver. The champ was on fire, determined to take back what was rightfully his.
But it wasn’t just Adesanya’s skill that was on display that night. No, his petty side was out in full force, too. But hey, who can blame him? This was the fight of his life, and he was going to do whatever it takes to win. And win he did.
Pereira was a force to be reckoned with, but Adesanya was relentless. He kept trying and trying, refusing to let anything stand in his way. The two had faced off before, and Adesanya had come close to knocking out his opponent on more than one occasion. But this time was different. This time, Adesanya landed the perfect shot, and Pereira was down for the count.
It was a moment that will go down in UFC history. Adesanya had done the impossible, slaying his dragon and climbing his mountain. And now, he was back on top of the middleweight division, where he rightfully belongs.
UFC 287 was a night of surprises, upsets, and incredible performances that left fans on the edge of their seats. The highlight of the night was undoubtedly the main event, where Israel Adesanya faced off against his long-time rival, Alex Pereira. It was a fight that many thought Adesanya could not win, especially given Pereira’s recent dominance over him. But Adesanya had other plans.
From the start of the fight, it was clear that Adesanya was more aggressive and persistent with his offence. However, he was also taking a lot of damage from Pereira’s strikes, particularly his vicious kicking game. The first round ended with Adesanya on the back foot, his leg battered and bruised. It seemed like Pereira had the fight under control.
But then the second round began, and everything changed. Adesanya caught Pereira with a counter punch that sent him crashing to the canvas. It was a brutal, decisive victory that put Adesanya back on top of the middleweight division.
In the co-main event, Gilbert Burns faced off against Jorge Masvidal. Burns put on a solid performance, but it was hardly the dominant showing fans had come to expect from the former title challenger. Masvidal has not been in top form lately, and most of what Burns had to offer in the early stages of the fight was a low output kickboxing match. But in the third round, Burns turned up the heat and showed just how one-sided the fight could have been. He demanded to be named backup for Edwards vs. Covington, and it looks like he’ll get his wish.
The night also featured a thrilling showdown between Adrian Yanez and Rob Font. Yanez, known for being a slow starter, came out swinging from the first bell. He met Font in the pocket and traded shots with him, landing slick counters and a fast, darting jab. For a moment, it seemed like Yanez might have the upper hand. But Font’s natural power soon came into play, and he began to land heavy hooks and uppercuts. In the end, Font scored a first-round stoppage victory that left fans breathless.
All in all, UFC 287 was an unforgettable event, and one that fans will be talking about for years to come. It’s clear that the landscape of the UFC is constantly changing, and anything can happen inside the Octagon.
UFC 287 FULL RESULTS-
Main card Results-
- Israel Adesanya def. Alex Pereira via second-round KO (4:21)
- Gilbert Burns def. Jorge Masvidal via unanimous decision
- Rob Font def. Adrian Yanez via first-round TKO (2:57)
- Kevin Holland def. Santiago Ponzinibbio via third-round KO (3:16)
- Christian Rodriguez def. Raul Rosas Jr. via UD (29-28 x3)
Preliminary Card results-
- Kelvin Gastelum def. Chris Curtis via unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
- Luana Pinheiro def. Michelle Waterson-Gomez via split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
- Joe Pyfer def. Gerald Meerschaert via first-round TKO (3:15)
- Lupita Godinez def. Cynthia Calvillo via split decision (29-28, 30-27, 28-29)
- Ignacio Bahamondes def. Trey Ogden via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
- Steve Garcia def. Shayilan Nuerdanbieke via second-round KO (0:36)
- Sam Hughes def. Jaqueline Amorim via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
- Karl Williams vs. Chase Sherman – fight canceled