The UFC on ESPN 48
UFC on ESPN 48 Results: Strickland Gets The Stoppage
Nursulton Ruziboev made quite the statement tonight! He scored the first-round knockout just over a minute into the fight and finished the finisher. After that, we got to see Benoit Saint-Denis derail Ismael Bonfim in a career-best performance. Grant Dawson dominated Ismagulov, then Sean Strickland got the stoppage win for the main event. We'll delve more into tonight's UFC results here.
Sean Strickland Gets The Stoppage
Despite Abus looking great in the first round, Strickland pulled through and smoked the competition in round two. Magomedov looked gassed out and compromised right at the beginning of round two. After dropping him and teeing off from the top position, the ref steped in and Strickland got a stoppage win.
Grant Dawson Is A Problem
Who can deny this man? He's the best back taker in the UFC and he's blowing through the competition. Ismagulov is no joke and he got completely out-classed tonight. Dawson is very candid in his game plan, but still Damir had no answers for the grappling attack that Dawson brings every time.
Even on the feet, Grant looked incredible. His hands were sharp and he throws that knee up the middle with ease. He's more than deserving of a big name or a big rank next, which is all he's asking for.
Benoit Saint-Denis Looked Incredible
The UFC results tonight show that Benoit Saint-Denis is only getting better. Ismael Bonfim is incredible — his record shows that and his UFC debut just embellished that sentiment. But, Saint-Denis kicked and squeezed the winning streak out of Bonfim.
Moving forward, Benoit deserves a big name and a spot on a big card. He's fun, always brings it, and keeps knocking down whatever challenge the UFC brass sets in front on him.
Nursulton Ruziboev Wins The Debut
What a finish! Just over a minute was all that Ruziboev needed to make his win is introductory fight in the UFC. The UFC on ESPN 48 results got started with a furious KO and it really set the stage for what was an incredible main card.
UFC Results Tonight: Everything You Need to Know
What you need to know is that Sean Strickland has a number next to his name for a reason. Though Magomedov is great, he's just not quite ready for what lays in the waters of the middleweight top 10. The UFC results tonight show that Strickland is not going anywhere just yet.
- Sean Strickland defeats Abus Magomedov
- Grant Dawson defeats Damir Ismagulov
- Michael Morales defeats Max Griffin
- Ariane Lipski defeats Melissa Gatto
- Benoit Saint-Denis defeats Ismael Bonfim
- Nursulton Ruziboev defeats Bruno Ferreira
Moreover, give Grant Dawson someone in the top 5. He just dominated Ismagulov better than Arman Tsarukyan did. Damir had no moments in this fight and it just shows that Grant Dawson is ready to get that push from the UFC. Anything short of a top ten fight would be a crime.
This was a night of finishes, and we saw a good amount on the main card. But, the fights that went the distance were still fun! Morales remains undefeated and Lipski was able to get the nod in what was a very close fight.
Benoit Saint-Denis and Nursulton Ruziboev were able to get some stoppages that'll propel them up the ranks and hopefully put a lot more attention on them for the next time they make that walk.
Implications of the UFC on ESPN 48 UFC Results
So, moving forward, it's hard to argue that Strickland deserves a push up in the ranks. He took the risk that the UFC gave him and made relatively quick work of it. Maybe Marvin Vettori next? Marvin deserves some time off after that Jared Cannonier loss, but if things line up time-wise for them, it makes sense.
Next, we need Grant Dawson getting a push. Why Not Beneil Dariush or maybe the winner of Jalin Turner vs Dan Hooker? None of the pther UFC on ESPN 48 results show anything near the dominance of Grant Dawson tonight. He's a problem at lightweight and the UFC should finally acknowledge this.