UFC Vegas 59 is live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event is headlined by a light heavyweight bout between Thiago Santos vs. Jamahal Hill. Vicente Luque vs. Geoff Neal is out co-main event, plus the finals of this season of The Ultimate Fighter. We’ve had some cancellations on the card, but that’s okay. The results are in!
Mayra Bueno Silva defeats Stephanie Egger via Round-One Submission (Armbar)
Well, this fight was a strange one. It didn’t last long, but it sure ended in one of the weirdest ways we’ve ever seen. Silva was on the bottom on the ground, and locked in a armbar on Egger. Egger’s hands were hidden under her body, and we couldn’t see a tap, but Silva let go and said she tapped. The ref asked Egger if she tapped and she wouldn’t answer. Replays couldn’t get a clean angle of the tap, but a judge at ringside said she “100% tapped” so, the fight was ended and Silva wins. I’m sure this’ll cause some controversy. Very, very weird.
Cory McKenna defeats Miranda Granger via Round-Two Submission (Von Flue Choke)
Back to back submissions on the card, but this tap out was clear as day. McKenna came into this fight from a March decision loss, but she is back in the win column! Cory came out aggressive in the first round and almost had the submission at the end of the first, but didn’t have enough time. She came out aggressive in the second, took Granger down and immediately finished with the Von flue choke. This is the first ever Von flue choke win for a woman in the UFC. That’s pretty huge, congrats, Cory McKenna!
Bryan Battle defeats Takashi Sato via Round-One Knockout (Head Kick)
That was fast. Bryan Battle walked into the cage, threw a head kick that sounded like a baseball bat cracking a ball and laid Sato out cold. That was deadly. Battle is on a eight fight win streak and makes an impressive welterweight debut. After the very fast fight, Bryan calls out Ian Gary and Bryan Barberena. Two fights I’m sure everyone would love to see. I think this knockout deserves tonight’s bonus and the crowd does too, because they were chanting “50K” after the fight. Unreal.
Michal Oleksiejczuk defeats Sam Alvey via Round-One TKO (punch)
Another first round finish, the prelims were on fire tonight. Oleksiejczuk dropped Alvey very early on in the round, hit some nasty ground and loud which busted Sam’s face all up, but Alvey got back up. Michal dropped him once again and finished it off not long after. This was his middleweight debut and he made a real good first impression here. He’s back in the win column after coming off of a decision loss in March, but it seems he’s on a good road in this new division.
Terrence McKinney defeats Erick Gonzalez via Round-One Submission (Rear-naked choke)
Terrance came into this fight coming off his first UFC loss back in March. But, he wasted no time trying to get back into the win column. McKinney came out swinging and had Erick backing up fast. McKinney then took him down, took the back, Gonzales tried to stand up but it was too late. McKinney had his hooks in and got the standing RNC finish. Every McKinney fight in UFC has ended in the first round, he’s not getting paid by the hour. After the fight, McKinney called out Paddy the Baddy and wants it in Madison Square Garden. Lets do it!
Serghei Spivac defeats Augusto Sakai via Round-Two TKO (punches)
Spivac came out fast, went for the takedown and got it. But, Sakai kept getting up and every time he did, Spivac took him right back down. He dominated the first round on the ground and the second round was much of the same. Except in the second, Serghei took the back and drilled in some ground and pound shots to get the TKO win. After the fight, he says he wants a top ten fight now and he also keeps getting finishes so he wants a bonus. I’m not going to tell this man no! The polar bear is victorious.
Juliana Miller defeats Brogan Walker via Round-Three TKO (punches)
The first Ultimate Fighter of the night has been crowned. Juliana Miller dominated with the ground control and ground and pound. Walker would go in for the clinch and next thing you know, the fight is on the ground and Miller is on top. This is the first fight of the night to go to the third round, but the finish streak for the night continues as Miller hits some nasty elbows and punch ground and pound for the win. After the fight, Juliana held up the trophy and got the winners announcement from Dana White himself. Juliana Peña, her coach from this season, was in the crowd as well cheering her on. Miller says she had the least experience here, but she said she does have the most heart. Juliana Miller is The Ultimate Fighter!
Mohammed Usman defeats Zac Pauga via Second-Round Knockout (punch)
The second Ultimate Fighter has been crowned, the heavyweight division has a new heavy hitter. Zac Pauga came out in this fight fast. He was throwing kicks, Superman punches and was all over Usman in the first. It seemed like Usman was just waiting. He did throw some shots in round one, but not a lot. As round two started, Usman stayed composed, blocked a jab and came in with a left hook to the head that put Pauga’s lights out. The Usman’s are the first brother TUF winners. After the fight, Usman gives praise to his parents for getting himself and his brother here. Congrats, Muhammad Usman! The 30th season Ultimate Fighter winner. What a statement win.
Geoff Neal defeats Vicente Luque via Third-Round Knockout (Punch)
Another knockout, another big win. Geoff Neal is the first man to ever knockout and finish Vicente Luque. Neal landed nine straight uppercuts on Luque and it was brutal. Neal wobbled Luque in the first, almost put him out, but Luque battled back in the second. In the third, Neal came out looking as sharp as he did in the first and got the finish. This may be his best performance ever. After the fight, Neal says this fight should slide him up to #6 in the rankings and he wants the man in front of him, Gilbert Burns. When he said his name, the crowd popped. That’s the fight to make. Lets do it!
Jamahal Hill defeats Thiago Santos via Round-Four TKO (Punches)
The night of finishes. No judges needed in any fight tonight and that is the same for the main event. Jamahal Hill pushed the pace in round one, looking real good. As we head into round two, Santos switched up his game plan and started wrestling. But, Jamahal Hill kept popping back up. Round three was much of the same, wrestling from Santos and good defense from Hill. Both men were gassed going into the fourth, Santos more than Hill. This was the first time Hill has been in the fourth round and he came out throwing bombs. Tired or not, he wanted a finish. Both men were trading big shots and Santos went down. Hill jumped on him and ended up getting the ground and pound TKO win. After the fight, he says he’s down for whatever’s next but he wants a title shot.
What a night. This is the second UFC card in modern history to have a 100% finish rate. The first being back in 2014. Now, we have another banger fight night card in 2022. All finishes, new stars made, new contenders arising, what a show. Knockouts and Submissions had us on the edge of our seats for every fight. Two new TUF winners in Mohammed Usman and Julianna Miller, the first time Vicente Luque was put to sleep, thanks to Geoff Neal, fast knockouts from the likes of Bryan Battle and a war of a main event with Jamahal Hill standing tall. You never want to miss the UFC action and this is why. We’ll see you next week for another fight night!
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