UFC Vegas 50: Magomed Anakalaev Outpoints Thiago Santos
Magomed Anakalaev sent a statement Saturday night.
Rising star Anakalaev defeated veteran Thiago Santos via unanimous decision in the main event of UFC Vegas 50. Anakalaev accomplished the feat in a five-round battle, leaving fans to think he’s proven himself as a worthy contender.
For the final time tonight we head to the judges.
— UFC (@ufc) March 13, 2022
In the co-main event, Yadong Song, the No. 1 ranked under 25-year-old fighter, served the No. 10 ranked bantamweight Marlon Moraes a brutal knockout, and will most likely replace him in the rankings and enter in the top 10.
It was the third victory in a row for the Chinese fighter. He is only 24 years old and has already earned his eighth victory in the UFC.
Sodiq Yusuff served a unanimous decision loss to Alex Caceres. Caceres was on a five-fight winning streak and fought well against the top contender of the featherweight division, but under the three-rounder battle, Yusuff did a better job.
Khalil Rountree fought well and earned the seventh knockout victory in his career.
It was the third loss in a row for Karl Roberson, and he might leave the promotion after this defeat.
Drew Dober showed some massive heart.
From the beginning, 27-year-old star Terrance McKinney landed two knees and dropped Dober three times. He landed massive elbows on the ground and a clean left high kick, but Dober took those punches, kicked back and made a massive comeback just in seconds.
Dober landed a knee and finished the fight on the ground two minutes before the bell. The fight only continued three minutes.
Alex Pereira, the only man who served KO defeat to Israel Adesanya, earned the second victory in the UFC.
He defeated experienced KO artist Bruno Silva via unanimous decision, but it was evident that Pereira was dominating since the second round. He used his knees kicks punches, and Silva tried to wrestle, but the double champion in kickboxing showed good takedown defense.
Check the rest of the results down below:
- Magomed Ankalaev def Thiago Santos Unanimous Dec
- Yadong Song def Marlon Moraes KO/TKO, 2:06 R1
- Sodiq Yusuff def Alex Caceres Unanimous Dec
- Khalil Rountree def Karl Roberson KO/TKO, 0:25 R2
- Drew Dober def Terrance McKinney KO/TKO, 3:17 R1
- Alex Pereira def Bruno Silva Unanimous Dec
- Matt Semelsberger def AJ Fletcher Unanimous Dec
- JJ Aldrich def Gillian Robertson Unanimous Dec
- Javid Basharat def Trevin Jones Unanimous Dec
- Damon Jackson def Kamuela Kirk Sub, 4:42 R2