Israel Adesanya retained his middleweight title with victory in his grudge match against Robert Whittaker in the main event of UFC 271 from the Toyota Center in Houston in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The Last Stylebender registered his fourth successful defence of the 185lb belt with a unanimous decision victory over Aussie rival Bobby Knuckles in front of a sold-out crowd at the home of the Houston Rockets.
After weeks of back-and-forth, the pair embraced at the end of the technical contest in Texas in an incredible show of sportsmanship.
As per usual the UFC never fails to deliver controversy and excitement, and on a night where we saw knockouts, submissions and questionable decisions, here are five things we learned.
Tai Tuivasa: The people’s champion
It was meant to be a special night for Derrick Lewis as he was fighting once again in his hometown of Houston, Texas – but Tai Tuivasa spoiled his homecoming party.
Billed as a ‘Don’t blink or you’ll miss it’, the all-action contest did not disappoint. After overcoming some early adversity, ‘Bam Bam’ was able to use his Muay Thai clinch to knock out the Black Beast.
Oh, and he also managed to convince UFC president Dana White to do a shooey. If that isn’t what winning feels like, we don’t know what does.
Count out Jared Cannonier at your peril
Jared Cannonier got back into the win column when he badly needed it most with the biggest victory of his career.
The Killa Gorilla found himself in a spot of bother after Derek Brunson landed a huge right hand that sent him crashing to the canvas.
However, he rallied and knocked out Brunson in the second round, before calling for a shot at the title.
Casey O’Neill can turn heel as well
You come at the king, you best not miss.
Or so the crowd found out for themselves after they decided to boo Casey O’Neill following her victory over Roxanne Modafferi.
The fiery little Scot took a deep breath before giving them a taste of their own medicine with a few expletives chucked in there as well for good measure.
There is more to come from Renato Moicano
Now they may be forced to eat their words as he made it two in a row with a second-round submission win over Alexander Hernandez, who was coming off a win over his own over debutant Mike Breeden back in October.
Victory over Hernandez was Moicano’s third in his four most recent outings, which have all come via a rear-naked choke.
Bobby Green vs Renato Moicano is the fight to make
UFC matchmakers Mick Maynard and Sean Shelby may as well put their feet up for this one as the narrative arguably writes itself.
As we mentioned earlier, Moicano showed off his slick submission skills against Hernandez. Bobby Green, meanwhile, put in a vintage performance in getting past Nasrat Haqparast.
A win over the other would put them in pole position for a place in the top 10 of the lightweight division. Pitting these two against each other makes perfect sense.