UFC 264 had some exciting moments and now we can enjoy them in slow-motion.
The promotion released the latest installment of ‘Fight Motion’ — a condensed video package of pay-per-view events that features certain highlights of the night. We begin with a rundown of the preliminary fights that had several show-stealing scenes, including the quick submission of Jerome Rivera by Zhalgas Zhumagulov and back-to-back stunning knockouts provided by up-and-coming divisional talents Dricus Du Plessis and Ilia Topuria.
Not to be outdone by the preliminary action, the main card opened up with a ‘Fight of the Night’ awarded performance by Sean O’Malley and promotional newcomer Kris Moutinho. O’Malley had his work cut out for him as Moutinho proved difficult to put away, but ‘Sugar’ ultimately got the stoppage with just 27 seconds left in the fight. Irene Aldana found herself back in the win column with an emphatic first-round knockout of Yana Kunitskaya. And Tai Tuivasa followed up with a knockout of his own, putting Greg Hardy down with a vicious left hook and ground strikes before the fight was called. Of course, Tuivasa celebrated with a shoey and that too was slowed down for you to digest (ha).
The co-main event saw a battle of welterweight contenders take place between Gilbert Burns and Stephen Thompson, with both men hoping for a win to catapult them back into title contention. Burns had the more effective gameplan and kept Thompson grounded for most of the fight, which led him to a unanimous decision victory.
To close things out, we get to see some of the action between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor during their trilogy fight. Poirier and McGregor landed significant strikes, but it would be the ‘Diamond’ who came out victorious with another technical knockout after a dominating first round. Prior to its end, however, McGregor broke his tibia and fibula after awkwardly planting his foot at the end of an exchange. That was not slowed down and perhaps that is best for those who do not wish to see the gruesome moment again.