Zane Simon and Eddie Mercado are here to breakdown UFC on ESPN+ 24/Fight Night 166/UFC Raleigh with hot takes, possible next fights, as well as reactions to the overall event.
This Saturday’s, Jan. 25th., UFC Fight Night event, from the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina, featured Curtis ‘Razor’ Blaydes entering the octagon tonight on a two-fight win streak, increasing it to three when he swiftly defeated former Heavyweight Champion, Junior dos Santos, at 1:06 of Round 2 with KO/TKO-Knees & Punches to JDS, leaving him with a new record showing two losses in a row now, and Blaydes calling for his title shot; also on the card, was a co-main event showcasing the #7 ranked Welterweight, Rafael dos Anjos who was defeated via Unanimous Decision by the lesser ranked (#19) Michael Chiesa, who came out with the superior performance tonight; rounding things out, also on the card tonight we had an exciting and swift finish when Alex Perez took out Jordan Espinosa via an Arm Triangle Choke Submission at just 2:33 of Round 1, the undercard also brought us an exciting opening bout between Herbert Burns and Nate Landwehr, ending in just 2:53 into Round 1 with a KO/TKO via Knee from the clinch, but more than anything — the fight to catch on the undercard was Brett Johns vs Tony Gravely, they came away with Fight of the Night, in a brawl that went to 2:53 of Round 3 before Johns submitted Gravely with a sweet Rear Naked Choke; overall, we had quite a night of fights with a few decent finishes to discuss with you...
Here’s a look at the UFC RALEIGH RESULTS & new fight records:
UFC RALEIGH MAIN CARD | SAT. JAN. 25 - 8PM/5PM ETPT
- 265 lbs - Curtis Blaydes (13-2) DEF. Junior dos Santos (21-7), KO/TKO-Knees & Punches at 1:06 of Round 2, Total 6:06
- 170 lbs - Michael Chiesa (16-4) DEF. Rafael dos Anjos (29-13), DEC-Unanimous
- 125 lbs - Alex Perez (23-5) DEF. Jordan Espinosa (14-7), SUB-Arm Triangle Choke at 2:33 of Round 1
- 115 lbs - Angela Hill (11-7) DEF. Hannah Cifers (10-4), KO/TKO-G & P at 4:36 of Round 2, Total 9:26
- 205 lbs - Jamahal Hill (7-0) DEF. Darko Stošić (13-4), DEC-Unanimous
FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: ($50K ea.) Brett Johns vs. Tony Gravely
PERFORMANCES OF THE NIGHT: ($50K ea.) Herbert Burns, Alex Perez
ESPN+ PRELIMS | 5PM/2PM ETPT
185 lbs - Bevon Lewis (7-2) DEF. Dequan Townsend (21-10), DEC-Unanimous
145 lbs - Arnold Allen (16-1) DEF. Nik Lentz (30-11), DEC-Unanimous
125 lbs - Justine Kish (7-2) DEF. Lucie Pudilová (8-6), DEC-Unanimous
135 lbs - Montel Jackson (9-1) DEF. Felipe Colares (9-2), DEC-Unanimous
135 lbs - Sara McMann (12-5) DEF. Lina Länsberg (10-5), DEC-Unanimous
135 lbs - Brett Johns (16-2) DEF. Tony Gravely (19-6), SUB-Rear Naked Choke at 2:53 of Round 3, Total 12:53
145 lbs - Herbert Burns (10-2) DEF. Nate Landwehr (13-3), KO/TKO-Knee from the Clinch at 2:43 of Round 1
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