UFC Fight Night: Cannonier vs. Strickland

UFC Fight Night: Cannonier vs. Strickland (also known as UFC Fight Night 216, UFC on ESPN+ 74 and UFC Vegas 66) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that took place on December 17, 2022, at the UFC Apex facility in Enterprise, Nevada, part of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area, United States.[2]

UFC Fight Night: Cannonier vs. Strickland
The poster for UFC Fight Night: Cannonier vs. Strickland
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateDecember 17, 2022 (2022-12-17)
VenueUFC Apex
CityEnterprise, Nevada, United States
AttendanceNot announced[1]
Event chronology
UFC 282: Błachowicz vs. Ankalaev UFC Fight Night: Cannonier vs. Strickland UFC Fight Night: Strickland vs. Imavov

Background edit

A middleweight bout between former UFC Middleweight Championship challenger Jared Cannonier and Sean Strickland served as the main event.[3] The pairing was previously scheduled to headline UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs. Araújo, but it was scrapped after Strickland withdrew due to a finger infection.[4]

A middleweight bout between Bruno Silva and Albert Duraev was scheduled to take place at the event.[5] However, Silva withdrew due to an injury and was replaced by Michał Oleksiejczuk.[6] In turn, Duraev was forced to withdraw for undisclosed reasons and was replaced by Cody Brundage.[7]

Former UFC Flyweight Championship challenger Alex Perez was expected to face Amir Albazi at the event.[8] However, he pulled out due to undisclosed reasons in late October and was replaced by Brandon Royval.[9] In turn, Royval withdrew from the card in late November due to a broken wrist during training and was replaced by Alessandro Costa.[10][11]

A light heavyweight bout between Tafon Nchukwi and Jamal Pogues was expected to take the event.[12] However, Pogues pull out from the bout due to undisclosed reasons and was replaced by Vitor Petrino.[13] Nchukwi eventually pulled out of the bout himself due to undisclosed reasons and the bout was scrapped.[14]

Michael Morales was expected to face Rinat Fakhretdinov in a welterweight bout.[15] However, Morales pulled out due to a fractured toe.[16] He was replaced by The Return of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Volkanovski vs. Team Ortega middleweight winner Bryan Battle.[17]

A middleweight bout between Julian Marquez and Deron Winn was expected to take place at the event.[18] However, just two days before the event, Winn was forced to withdraw after fainting and falling down a set of stairs, sustaining a minor concussion. As a result, the bout was scrapped.[19]

At the weigh-ins, Hayisaer Maheshate weighed in at 158.5 pounds, two and a half pounds over the lightweight non-title fight limit. His bout proceeded at catchweight and he was fined 20% of his purse, which went to his opponent Rafa García.[20]

Results edit

Main card (ESPN+)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Middleweight Jared Cannonier def. Sean Strickland Decision (split) (49–46, 46–49, 49–46) 5 5:00
Lightweight Arman Tsarukyan def. Damir Ismagulov Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Flyweight Amir Albazi def. Alessandro Costa KO (punches) 3 2:13
Featherweight Alex Caceres def. Julian Erosa TKO (head kick and punches) 1 3:04
Lightweight Drew Dober def. Bobby Green KO (punch) 2 2:45
Middleweight Michał Oleksiejczuk def. Cody Brundage KO (punches) 1 3:16
Preliminary card (ESPN+)
Women's Strawweight Cory McKenna def. Cheyanne Vlismas Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Welterweight Matthew Semelsberger def. Jake Matthews Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Said Nurmagomedov def. Saidyokub Kakhramonov Submission (ninja choke) 2 3:50
Catchweight (158.5 lb) Rafa García def. Hayisaer Maheshate Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Welterweight Rinat Fakhretdinov def. Bryan Battle Decision (unanimous) (30–25, 30–25, 30–27) 3 5:00
Flyweight Manel Kape def. David Dvořák Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Sergey Morozov def. Journey Newson Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00


Bonus awards edit

The following fighters received $50,000 bonuses.[22]

  • Fight of the Night: Drew Dober vs. Bobby Green
  • Performance of the Night: Alex Caceres and Michał Oleksiejczuk

See also edit

References edit

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  4. ^ Mike Heck (2022-08-30). "Sean Strickland out of headliner with Jared Cannonier at UFC event on Oct. 15". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2022-08-30.
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  13. ^ Raphael Marinho (2022-11-03). "UFC: Vitor Petrino has his debut scheduled against Tafon Nchukwi". ge.globo.com. Retrieved 2022-11-03. (in Brazilian Portuguese)
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