UFC 261 Post-Fight Report Card

Welcome back to the Post-Fight report card, where I will be breaking down the results and assigning each fighter a letter grade for their performance.

This stacked PPV card had three fantastic title fights, with many finishes and absolute wars!

Before we get into the breakdown, let’s go through the grading criteria. There are four major factors for me, coming down to finishes, domination, level of opponent, and fight IQ, giving us some insight into how they will perform going forward.

Kamaru Usman def. Jorge Masvidal by KnockoutRight Cross (1:02 of Round 2)
Rose Namajunas vs. Weili Zhang by KnockoutHead Kick (1:18 of Round 1)
Rose Namajunas – A+Weili Zhang – F
Valentina Shevchenko def. Jessica Andrade by KnockoutElbows from Crucifix (3:19 of Round 2)
Valentina Shevchenko – A-Jessica Andrade – D+
Uriah Hall def. Chris Weidman by KnockoutBroken Calf Injury (0:17 of Round 1)
Uriah Hall – CChris Weidman – D
Anthony Smith def. Jimmy Crute by KnockoutDoctor Stoppage (5:00 of Round 1)
Anthony Smith – A-Jimmy Crute – C-
Main Card
Randy Brown def. Alex Oliveira by SubmissionOne-Arm Rear Naked Choke (2:50 of Round 1)
Randy Brown – AAlex Oliveira – D
Dwight Grant def. Stefan Sekulic by DecisionSplit (29-28 x2, 28-29)
Dwight Grant – C-Stefan Sekulic – C
Brendan Allen def. Karl Roberson by SubmissionHeel Hook (4:55 of Round 1)
Brendan Allen – B+Karl Roberson – D
Pat Sabatini def. Tristan Connelly by Decision(30-27, 29-28 x2)
Pat Sabatini – BTristan Connelly – D+
Dana Batgerel def. Kevin Natividad by KnockoutCounter Left Hook (0:50 of Round 1)
Dana Batgerel – A+Kevin Natividad – F
Kazula Vargas def. Rongzhu by Decision(30-26, 29-28 x2)
Kazula Vargas – C+Rongzhu – C-
Jeff Molina def. Aoriqileng by Decision(29-27, 29-28 x2)
Jeff Molina – BAoriqileng – C-
Ariane Carnelossi def. Na Liang by KnockoutGround and Pound (1:28 of Round 2)
Ariane Carnelossi – A-Na Liang – C+

This card was fantastic from top to bottom and having a live crowd brought a real fire back to the event!

There is one fight I would like to adress, with that being the seventeen second bout between Chris Weidman and Uriah Hall. The first strike of the fight, a calf kick by Weidman, ended the bout when Hall checked the kick and shattered Weidman’s leg. This was not the way either fighter wanted the fight to go, and I hope we see Weidman return to competition safely in the future.

Next week, we are back at the Apex in Las Vegas with a Light Heavyweight banger in our main event between Jiri Prochazka and Dominick Reyes!

Until next time, Freaks.

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