Ilia Topuria emerged as a legitimate title contender in the featherweight division, remaining undefeated and undeterred with a decision victory over #5-ranked Josh Emmett. While Topuria showcased dominance throughout the fight, Emmett's heart, toughness, and power ensured a highly competitive battle that lasted the full 25 minutes.
"I was expecting to knock him out in the first round, but the guy is really, really tough. I want to say thank you to Josh for bringing so much energy inside the cage. I showed once again that no one can match my level of skill inside the cage. I want what I deserve which is to take the UFC belt. I want to show Alex (Volkanovski) his world is going to end and mine is going to start,” he said after the win.
In the co-main event, women's flyweight #11-ranked Maycee Barber continued her ascent towards the top of the division, extending her winning streak to five with a second-round stoppage against #9-ranked Amanda Ribas. Ribas demonstrated a strong start, but Barber's solid defense and relentless pressure caused damage in the first round. The bout escalated into an exhilarating exchange until Barber secured a dominant position and sealed the victory by TKO.
"I think I just warned the whole 125-pound division, I'm back! I feel like Amanda and I made it fight of the night. I'm a shark, when I see that blood, I'm coming for it. My coach all week said 'I see a head kick' and I put that across her face so I feel really good. I'm going to keep warning these girls!,” Barber noted.
The event provided an action-packed showcase of rising talents, leaving fans eagerly anticipating the future prospects of both Ilia Topuria and Maycee Barber in their respective divisions. You can see the results below.
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