UFC 303 Recap: Knockouts, Decisions, and Title Defenses!

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The excitement of UFC 303 left fans on the edge of their seats as the octagon saw an array of electrifying fights, from rapid knockouts to hard-fought decisions. Here’s a detailed look at each bout that made this event unforgettable.

Fight Results

Pro Bantamweight – 135.0 lbs | Vinicius Oliveira vs Ricky Simón

In a dominant performance, Vinicius Oliveira defeated Ricky Simón by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28). Oliveira’s striking and control throughout the fight secured his victory.

Pro Flyweight – 125.0 lbs | Rei Tsuruya vs Carlos Hernandez

Rei Tsuruya showcased his skills in a close match against Carlos Hernandez, winning by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). Tsuruya’s persistence and tactical advantage were key to his win.

Pro Heavyweight – 265.0 lbs | Martin Buday vs Andrei Arlovski

In the heavyweight clash, Martin Buday edged out a victory over veteran Andrei Arlovski by unanimous decision (29-28 Buday, 29-28 Arlovski, 30-27 Buday). Buday’s powerful strikes and control were pivotal.

Pro Strawweight – 115.0 lbs | Gillian Robertson vs Michelle Waterson-Gomez

Gillian Robertson dominated Michelle Waterson-Gomez, securing a unanimous decision win (30-27, 30-27, 30-26). Robertson’s grappling and relentless pressure were too much for Waterson-Gomez.

Pro Bantamweight – 135.0 lbs | Payton Talbott vs Yanis Ghemmouri

Payton Talbott wasted no time, knocking out Yanis Ghemmouri in just 19 seconds of Round 1 via strikes. Talbott’s swift and precise attack was the highlight of the bout.

Pro Catchweight – 147.5 lbs | Jean Silva vs Charles Jourdain

Jean Silva delivered a spectacular KO via uppercut against Charles Jourdain at 1:22 of Round 2. Silva’s striking power was on full display as he secured a decisive victory.

Pro Featherweight – 145.0 lbs | Andre Fili vs Cub Swanson

In a closely contested match, Andre Fili defeated Cub Swanson by split decision (29-28 Swanson, 29-28 Fili, 29-28 Fili). Fili’s consistent performance earned him the narrow win.

Pro Middleweight – 185.0 lbs | Joe Pyfer vs Marc-André Barriault

Joe Pyfer knocked out Marc-André Barriault with a punch at 1:25 of Round 1, showcasing his striking prowess and making a strong statement in the middleweight division.

Pro Welterweight – 170.0 lbs | Ian Machado Garry vs Michael Page

Ian Machado Garry emerged victorious against Michael Page by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). Garry’s resilience and tactical approach earned him the win in a closely fought contest.

Pro Bantamweight – 135.0 lbs | Macy Chiasson vs Mayra Bueno Silva

Macy Chiasson secured a TKO victory via doctor stoppage against Mayra Bueno Silva at 1:58 of Round 2 due to a deep cut. Chiasson’s aggressive approach and striking led to the stoppage.

Pro Light Heavyweight – 205.0 lbs | Roman Dolidze vs Anthony Smith

Roman Dolidze defeated Anthony Smith by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28). Dolidze’s grappling and control throughout the fight were key to his victory.

Pro Catchweight – 165.0 lbs | Diego Lopes vs Dan Ige

In a fight filled with late changes, Diego Lopes emerged victorious against Dan Ige by unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28). Lopes’ adaptability and endurance were crucial.

Pro Title Light Heavyweight – 205.0 lbs | Alex Pereira vs Jiří Procházka

The main event saw Alex Pereira defend his title in spectacular fashion, knocking out Jiří Procházka with a switch kick and punches at 0:13 of Round 2. Pereira’s stunning performance was marred only by a possible broken toe, but he still secured a decisive victory.

Final Thoughts

UFC 303 delivered a mix of rapid knockouts, strategic battles, and intense moments that kept fans engaged throughout the night. While some bouts left a lot to be desired, each fighter showcased their skills and resilience, making this event a memorable one in the UFC calendar.

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