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UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ 31: Lewis vs. Oleinik (8/8/2020) - Las Vegas, NV (UFC APEX)


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UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ 31: Lewis vs. Oleinik
August 8, 2020
Las Vegas, NV (UFC APEX)

Derrick Lewis (265) vs. Oleksiy Oliynyk (227) - Lewis, TKO (punches), R2 (0:21)
Omari Akhmedov (185.75) vs. Chris Weidman (186) - Weidman, DEC (unanimous)
Maki Pitolo (186) vs. Darren Stewart (186) - Stewart, SUB (guillotine choke), R1 (3:41)
Yana Kunitskaya (135.5) vs. Julija Stoliarenko (136) - Kunitskaya, DEC (unanimous)
Beneil Dariush (158)** vs. Scott Holtzman (156) - Dariush, TKO (strikes), R1 (4:38)

ESPN+ Preliminary Card:
Tim Means (171) vs. Laureno Staropoli (174.5)* - Means, DEC (unanimous)
Kevin Holland (183.5) vs. Joaquin Buckley (185) - Holland, TKO (referee stoppage), R3 (0:32)
Nasrat Haqparast (156) vs. Alex Muñoz (156) - Haqparast, DEC (unanimous)
Andrew Sanchez (185.5) vs. Wellington Turman (185.5) - Sanchez, KO (punch), R1 (4:14)
Gavin Tucker (146) vs. Justin Jaynes (146) - Tucker, SUB (rear naked choke), R3 (1:43)
Youssef Zalal (146) vs. Peter Barrett (145.5) - Zalal, DEC (unanimous)
Irwin Rivera (136) vs. Ali Al Qaisi (136) - Rivera, DEC (split)

*Forfeits 20% of purse for missing weight
**Forfeits 20% of purse for missing weight

Event Bonuses ($50,000)
Performance of the Night: Gavin Tucker
Performance of the Night: Andrew Sanchez
Performance of the Night: Kevin Holland
Performance of the Night: Darren Stewart

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Going into this, Weidman said he didn't know who Akhmedov was before signing on to face him. FWIW Akhmedov has been in the UFC since 2013 and hasn't lost since 2016 when he was a welterweight. This is what you would call a extremely high risk, no reward fight.

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14 minutes ago, Elsalvajeloco said:

Going into this, Weidman said he didn't know who Akhmedov was before signing on to face him. FWIW Akhmedov has been in the UFC since 2013 and hasn't lost since 2016 when he was a welterweight. This is what you would call a extremely high risk, no reward fight.

It's a must win for Chris Weidman going 1-5 with all 5 by KO/TKO. Chris' defeats are to the top guys though.

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It's almost like cutting weight is really hard/stupid to begin with and then add in a pandemic makes it even cooler. Dariush strikes me as a super professional athlete. Has he ever missed weight before?

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11 minutes ago, Jiji said:

It's almost like cutting weight is really hard/stupid to begin with and then add in a pandemic makes it even cooler. Dariush strikes me as a super professional athlete. Has he ever missed weight before?

It looks like that's his first time. Interestingly enough, this is one of the things that came up researching that:

https://thebodylockmma.com/ufc/beneil-dariush-perplexed-as-to-why-ufc-hasnt-changed-weigh-in-system/

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Youssef Zalal is a nice looking prospect. That's 3-0 in the UFC. Still needs to work on his finishing instincts. He almost had Barrett out of there in round 1. He completely dominated round 2. He should have finished one of those RNCs in round three.

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