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UFC Vegas 81 Results: Edson Barboza Delivers Thrilling Comeback victory

LockerRoom Team
16 October 2023

UFC Fight Night: Yusuff vs. Barboza provided fans with a rollercoaster of emotions at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, airing live in Asia on Sunday. The main event showcased the resilience of Edson Barboza against the early onslaught of Sodiq Yusuff, resulting in an exhilarating clash between the featherweight contenders.

In the opening round, Yusuff asserted his dominance, unleashing a barrage of strikes that hinted at an early finish. However, the #13 ranked Barboza showcased remarkable tenacity, weathering the storm and strategically working the body. The turning point came in the third round when Barboza executed a magnificent spinning wheel kick, leaving spectators in awe.

Yusuff demonstrated his own resilience, recovering in the fourth round and bringing the fight to an even playing field. Yet, Barboza's ring generalship and well-timed takedowns in the fifth ultimately secured a unanimous decision victory for the seasoned veteran.

In a pivotal bout in the women's flyweight division, Viviane Araujo made a statement by aggressively outperforming former title challenger Jennifer Maia. Despite Maia's effective wrestling and multiple submission attempts, the judges awarded the victory to #11 ranked Araujo, elevating her into the top ten of the division.

The night's main event and co-main event showcased the unpredictable nature of mixed martial arts, leaving fans eagerly anticipating future matchups and potential title implications for the resilient victors. UFC Fight Night: Yusuff vs. Barboza proved once again that the Octagon is a stage where both veterans and rising stars can leave an indelible mark on the sport.

UFC Vegas 81 Results

AWARDS

  • Fight Of The Night: Sodiq Yusuff vs Edson Barboza
  • Performance Of The Night: Jonathan Martinez
  • Performance Of The Night: Michel Pereira

OFFICIAL RESULTS

MAIN EVENT

  • Edson Barboza defeats Sodiq Yusuff by unanimous decision (49-46, 48-46, 48-46)

CO-MAIN EVENT

  • Viviane Araujo def. Jennifer Maia by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

MAIN CARD

  • Jonathan Martinez def. Adrian Yanez by TKO (leg kicks) at 2:26 of Round 2
  • Michel Pereira defeats Andre Petrovski by TKO (strikes) at 1:06 of Round 1
  • Christian Rodriguez defeats Cameron Saaiman by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

PRELIMS

  • Darren Elkins defeats TJ Brown by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:23 of Round 3
  • Tainara Lisboa defeats Ravena Oliveira by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Terrance McKinney defeats Brendon Marotte by TKO (strikes) at 0:20 of Round 1
  • Melissa Dixon defeats Irina Alekseeva by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Chris Gutierrez defeats Alatengheili by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Emily Ducote defeats Ashley Yoder by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

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