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FSM Recap: UFC 303 – Alex Pereira vs Jiří Procházka 2

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Alex “Poatan” Pereira makes short work as he adds another victory to his legacy in combat sports.

 

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Though there have been a lot of change-ups on the journey to UFC 303, this card still displays all the action expected from International Fight Night.

The early prelims began with Vinicius Oliveria and Rei Tsuruya claiming strong victories. Veteran Michelle Waterson-Gomez retired after her long MMA career. Then, they moved to the prelims, where the prospects were on display. Payton Talbott, Jean Silva, and Joe Pyfer showed their power, as all three won their fights by knockouts. 

The main card kept the ball rolling as Ian Machado Garry stayed undefeated after beating Michael Page. Then the UFC hit some hick-ups with the next two fights, but things picked up with the co-main event that shouldn’t have happened. Dan Ige came in on four hours’ notice to fight Diego Lopez, and the two had a fun fight that ended with Lopez as the victor. Finally, the main event ended with Alex Pereira defending the belt and showing why he is one of the most dangerous fighters in the promotion.

Main Event – Alex Pereira vs. Jiří Procházka 2

 

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Before the fight started, you could see how focused both fighters were. Just like the last fight, Alex Pereira and Jiří Procházka stared at each other the entire time they were in the cage. They looked ready to go. 

As round one began, both guys had a quick pace. They were both trying to find their rhythm. Procházka was fainting in and out, trying to make Pereira overthink. While Pereira planned to use his leg kicks to weaken Procházka’s legs, as he struggled with them in the last fight. Both would find some success, leading to multiple back-and-forth moments, but eventually, the fight started to lean in Pereira’s way.

Pereira’s power put fear into Procházka, making him more tentative. Procházka would try to put Pereira up against the cage and do some damage in the clinch. It worked for a little, but he would eventually get out. Once out, he would target Procházka’s leg, hurting it badly. As the first round closed, nothing major was expected to happen. Then Pereira threw a last-second left-handed punch, knocking down Procházka. Procházka would look up, asking for the fight to continue the fight on the ground, not realizing the round was over. Plus, when he got up, he looked wobbling. 

 

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Now, coming into round two, the crowd was roaring. After seeing Procházka get hurt badly, many expected the fight to end soon. When the round began, Pereira wasted no time connecting with a head kick, knocking Procházka down again. Pereira threw a couple more punches until the referee called a late stoppage. Though it lasted longer than needed, Alex Pereira won by KO in 13 seconds in round two. 

Though he wanted another opportunity to fight for the belt, Jiří Procházka struggled severely. Pereira had a great game plan and knew how to capitalize on it. Plus, he looked awful after the knockout. Procházka will need some time off before he takes another fight for his safety. 

In the case of Alex Pereira, he has built his legacy in MMA as one of the all-time greats. In three years with the UFC, he has an 8-1 record, won the middleweight belt, won the light heavyweight, and has beaten five former champions. Now, after his dominant performance, Pereira is looking to continue his legacy. Either defend his light heavyweight belt against the top contender, Magomed Ankalev. Or Pereira will go up to heavyweight to become the first three-division champion in UFC history. Only time can tell what his next move will be.

 

Rest of the Main Card:

 

Co-Main Event:  Diego Lopes def. Dan Ige, by unanimous decision

Light Heavyweight Bout: Roman Dolidze def. Anthony Smith, by unanimous decision

Women’s Bantamweight Bout: Macy Chiasson def. Mayra Bueno Silva, by TKO at 1:58 in R2

Welterweight Bout: Ian Machado Garry def. Michael Page, unanimous decision

 

Prelims:

 

Middleweight Bout: Joe Pyfer def. Marc-Andre Barriault, by KO at 1:25 in R1

Featherweight Bout: Andre Fili def. Cub Swanson, by split decision

Featherweight Bout:  Jean Silva def. Charles Jourdain, by KO at 1:22 in R2

Bantamweight Bout: Payton Talbott def. Yanis Ghemmouri, by KO at 0:19 in R1

 

Early Prelims:

 

Women’s Strawweight Bout: Gillian Robertson def. Michelle Waterson-Gomez, by unanimous decision

Heavyweight Bout: Martin Buday def. Andrei Arlovski, by split decision

Flyweight Bout: Rei Tsuruya def. Carlos Hernandez, by unanimous decision

Bantamweight Bout: Vinicius Oliveria def. Ricky Simon, by unanimous decision

 

Top Moments of the Night

 

  • Though not how she wanted to go out, Michelle Waterson-Gomez made her last appearance in the Octagon. She retires with a record of 18-13 and an Invicta championship in her career.
  • Payton Talbott showed why he was a -1600 favorite coming into the fight, as Talbott finished Ghemmouri in 19 seconds. Keep an eye on him as he continues to grow his career.
  • Fighting for the first time in front of a UFC crowd, Jean Silva was having the time of his life. He ran as fast as he could to the cage. He was in near tears when Bruce Buffer introduced him, and he was giving props to Jourdain when he landed a big hit. Silva was enjoying every moment. His most significant moment came when he knocked out Jourdain with an uppercut. To end the night was Silva’s post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, where both guys wore nerd glasses.
  • Joe Pyfer is back in the win column after knocking Andre-Barriault out cold in round one. Pyfer started the sequence after landing a vicious right hand. He then rallied a few more until he landed the finishing blow. Pyfer earned his bonus.
  • Mayra Bueno Silva and Macy Chiasson were having an action-packed battle until Chiasson landed a nasty elbow, cutting Bueno Silva’s head. The cut resulted in the referee stopping the fight for her safety. 
  • With some last-minute complications, Diego Lopez and Dan Ige still pulled off a fun co-main event. The UFC is thankful for the professionalism on display, and these two will 100% be rewarded for everything they’ve done.
  • Alex Pereira continues his legacy after landing a head kick, knocking out Jiří Procházka in round two. 

 

In two weeks, Rose Namajunas will face Tracy Cortez on Saturday, July 13th, in Denver, Colorado. The main card is scheduled to start at 7:00 pm PT. Thank you for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news.

 

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