The Hardest-Hitting Moments from the UFC 246 Preliminary Card

The Hardest-Hitting Moments from the UFC 246 Preliminary Card

Maycee Barber suffered the first loss of her MMA career.

Maycee Barber suffered the primary lack of her MMA profession.Jeff Bottari/Getty Photographs

Conor McGregor returned to motion at UFC 246 on Saturday evening towards Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, however that headliner and the opposite 4 fights on the primary card pay-per-view occasion weren’t the one large issues that occurred.

In truth, T-Cell Enviornment in Las Vegas was jam-packed with six prelim bouts. Bleacher Report scoured that motion to search out one of the best punches, kicks and extra that landed earlier than the beginning of the primary huge UFC PPV of 2020.


Dober’s Good Counterpunch Dooms Haqparast

Most onlookers did not anticipate veteran light-weight Drew Dober to defeat extremely regarded prospect Nasrat Haqparast, however he did higher than merely nabbing the necessary win over the rising phenom. 

Dober completed him. 

It was a picture-perfect left-hand counterpunch proper down the center that put Haqparast flat on the mat, and extra onerous left arms raining from above netted Dober the stoppage victory in Spherical 1.


Yusuff Reveals His Mettle Towards a Recreation Fili

Featherweight prospect Sodiq Yusuff confirmed why everyone seems to be so excited in regards to the 26-year-old. He overwhelmed a sport Andre Fili by beautiful the 29-year-old within the first spherical with heavy punches after which dominating him for the remainder of the battle 

However the motion has scorching and heavy proper from the start. Yusuff was coming ahead and throwing potential fight-ending pictures with every strike, whereas Fili was returning the identical and taking pictures for takedowns. 

Yusuff took management after the primary half of Spherical 1, and even when Yusuff cooled down within the third after seemingly realizing he was forward on the judges’ scorecards, there wasn’t a lot left for Fili to do to show issues again in his favor. 

In the long run, Yusuff’s dominant unanimous-decision win (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) confirmed the fighter’s extremely excessive ceiling. He is one to look at within the 145-pound division. 


‘The Future’ Is Not the Now

Beforehand unbeaten ladies’s flyweight phenom Maycee Barber calls herself The Future. Most everybody else has been doing that too. However it was 37-year-old veteran Roxanne Modafferi who scored the unanimous-decision victory (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) over Barber on Saturday evening in one of many greatest UFC upsets in current historical past.

Barber’s energy jab from a southpaw stance began her evening in the precise approach. However Modafferi countered with quantity punching and shortly discovered the chance for the takedown. That is one thing that had by no means occurred to Barber earlier than in her MMA profession, however she quickly discovered it to be her new regular. 

The most important second within the battle occurred in the beginning of the second spherical. Modafferi landed a glancing jab, however Barber’s knee buckled, and she or he seemed to be injured all through the remainder of the competition. 

Modafferi used the chance to concentrate on grappling however could not discover a method to get the higher of the motion. 

An enormous elbow by Modafferi within the second spherical opened a reduce on Barber that spilled blood for the remainder of the bout. Nonetheless, Barber’s resiliency saved her within the battle. Even when the ringside doctor examined her knee between the second and third rounds and referred to as the harm {a partially} torn ACL, she refused to yield. Barber grimaced in ache however got here out for the ultimate 5 minutes anyway.

Spherical three was all Modafferi. She will need to have identified she was on her method to scoring the epic upset, and Barber simply did not have using each legs. Modafferi dominated Spherical three after scoring one other takedown and went on to attain the large win.

Nonetheless, Barber was all class in defeat. She was even the primary to congratulate Modafferi for the massive win throughout the post-fight interview: 

In the long run, Barber would possibly nonetheless be the way forward for the game, however Modafferi proved doubtless her personal profession just isn’t but the previous.     

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