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New FSM Essential Recap: UFC 299 – Sean O’Malley vs Marlon Vera 2

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UFC 299 comes to a close Saturday night after a vibrant night of fights in the 305!

UFC 291 – Dustin Poirier vs Justin Gaethje 2 Saturday night in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Saturday night’s event was better than advertised after putting on one of the most entertaining cards of the year. With multiple vicious knockouts, redemption victories, and dominant performances throughout the prelims and main card, UFC 299 was a fantastic night of combat action that will be hard to follow as the promotion moves forward to UFC 300 on April 13th.

Here are the results of UFC 299:

 

Main Event – O’Malley vs Vera 2

 

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After three years and five rounds, Sean “Sugar” O’Malley (18-1-0, 1 NC) finally achieved redemption as he secured his first title defense against the only man to defeat the “Sugar Show” in his professional career, Marlon “Chito” Vera (23-9-1) with a unanimous decision victory.

Saturday night’s main event was the first title fight in Vera’s career. Despite showing unnatural toughness and durability throughout the fight, the 10-year UFC veteran failed to match up with the 29-year-old bantamweight champion, as O’Malley put on a master-class performance outstriking Vera for all five rounds resulting in the judge’s scores of 50-45, 50-45, and 50-44 all for “Sugar” Sean.

As for what is next for the bantamweight champion, O’Malley made it clear in his post-fight interview that his sights are set on the champion in the division above, as he called to fight the new featherweight champion, Ilia Topuria, in his home country of Spain. As great as that fight would be, plenty could argue O’Malley still has work to do within his division first before he can chase another title, including taking on the number one contender, Merab Dvalishvili.

It will be interesting to see where the “Sugar Show” will go from here, but regardless of his decision, O’Malley solidified himself Saturday night as what he has always claimed to be: a Superstar.

 

Co-Main Event – Dustin Poirier vs Benoit Saint-Denis

 

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The co-main event at UFC 299 won the award for the fight of the night, and boy was it well earned.

Coming off of a devastating loss to Justin Gaethje in 2023 for the BMF title, Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier (30-8, 1 NC) gets it done again as the 35-year-old vet defeated Benoit Saint-Denis (13-2, 1 NC) with a 2nd round TKO, continuing his streak of never losing back-to-back fights in his UFC career.

Taking on one of the scariest up-and-coming contenders in the lightweight division and getting the upset victory just shows how special of a fighter Poirier has been throughout his time with the UFC. The current champion of the lightweight division sure seems to recognize how great Poirier is as Islam Makhachev posted his compliments towards “The Diamond” on social media:

“Very Impressive Dustin”

Poirier responded with a date that seemed to be accepted and liked by the champion:

“Islam in June”

If Makhachev and Poirier do end up booking a date for the next title fight at lightweight, it will be Poirier’s 3rd shot at the title after failing to become champion against Khabib Nurmagomedov and Charles Oliviera. After a 10-year career fighting in the UFC, Poirier’s next title shot could be his last chance at becoming an undisputed champion before he decides to hang up the gloves.

 

Main Card Fight – Kevin Holland vs Michael Page

 

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Michael “Venom” Page (22-2) to the UFC didn’t quite go the way many thought it would.

Despite going against another elite striker in Kevin Holland (25-11, 1 NC), the fight between the two welterweights lacked the exciting high-level striking everyone hoped to see. Instead, the fight consisted of mostly “MVP” attempting to land awkward angled kicks and elbows that failed to hit the mark and mostly grappling and clinching attempts from Holland.

The fight went all three rounds and was decided by the judges score cards with all three judges scoring the contest 29-28, 29-28, and 29-28 for Page.

Though it wasn’t the most exciting debut, “MVP” still secured his first victory in the UFC and will now look to take on some of the higher-ranked opponents in the welterweight division.

After suffering his second-straight defeat, Kevin Holland needs a bounce-back victory soon. As one of the bigger fan fan-favorite fighters, many will hope to see Holland get back in the win collum and regain the form he had when he started his UFC career going 9-2.

 

Main Card Fight – Gilbert Burns vs Jack Della Maddalena

 

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In the other welterweight bout on UFC 299’s main card, a new title contender was crowned as former Dana White’s Contender Series alum, Jack Della Maddalena (17-2) secured his 17th straight victory to continue his undefeated streak by defeating Gilbert Burns (22-7) via third-round TKO.

The 27-year-old Aussie has flown under the radar throughout his three years fighting for the UFC until his victory over one of the better veterans in the welterweight division on Saturday night. Della Maddalena showed elite striking and grappling defense as he managed to remain out of Burns’ grappling and landed a perfectly timed knee in the final minute of the fight to get the finish.

Della Maddalena wasted no time following his 17th straight victory to set up his next fight. In his post-fight interview, Della Maddalena called out another rising prospect in the division that, unlike Maddalena, has been on everyone’s radar as a straight killer in the welterweight division in Shavkat Rakhmonov. The undefeated Rakhmonov is coming off of a dominant victory over UFC veteran Stephan Thompson that gave the undefeated fighter his 18th victory.

With both Della Maddalena and Rakhmonov sitting as young, promising prospects who are both coming off victories over top veterans in the welterweight division, this matchup seems destined to happen. It will likely be one of the most highly anticipated matches if and when booked.

 

Opening Main Card Fight – Petr Yan vs Song Yadong

 

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With one of the better come-back stories from UFC 299, Petr Yan (17-5) overcame his three-fight losing streak with a beautiful performance Saturday night, securing the unanimous victory decision and defeating Song Yadong (21-8-1, 1 NC).

Yan secured his first victory Saturday night since losing to Aljamain Sterling in their title rematch in 2022. Yan struggled to get a victory over his next two fights following his loss to Sterling as he faced the eventual champion at bantamweight, Sean O’Malley, and the current number-one contender in the division, Merab Dvalishvili. 

As a fighter who was once feared as the boogeyman of the division, many speculated that had the former bantamweight champion lost to Yadong and tallied his fourth loss in a row Saturday night, it could have possibly been the end of Yan’s career in the UFC. But as Yan showed with his performance at UFC 299, the Russian-born fighter has too much grit to lay down and accept defeat.

The victory on Saturday night may give Yan a springboard to get back on the road toward title contention. The former champion will still need to compile a few more victories. Still, if he can bring back that same boogeyman mentality he held over the bantamweight division for years, Yan could potentially find his way back toward fighting for his former title.

 

UFC 299 preliminary card results, highlights:

 

  • Heavyweight: Curtis Blaydes def. Jailton Almeida by TKO (hammer fists) at 0:36 of R2:
  • Women’s flyweight: Maycee Barber def. Katlyn Cerminara via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Lightweight: Mateusz Gamrot def. Rafael Dos Anjos by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Bantamweight: Kyler Phillips def. Pedro Munhoz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

UFC 299 early prelims card results, highlights

 

  • Light heavyweight: Philipe Lins def. Ion Cutelaba by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Middleweight: Michel Pereira def. Michal Oleksiejczuk by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:01 of R1:
  • Heavyweight: Robelis Despaigne def. Josh Parisian by TKO at 0:18 of R1:
  • Flyweight: Asu Almabayev def. CJ Vergara by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Women’s flyweight: Joanne Wood def. Maryna Moroz by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

 

UFC 291 – Dustin Poirier vs Justin Gaethje 2’s fight card was one the best in UFC history.

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