What was the best UFC event of 2021?


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In this episode of The Pulse of MMA, we take a look at the raw and unfiltered reactions of MMA fans to the UFC nominations for the best event of 2021.

It’s the last week of 2021, which means it’s time to start looking back on the most important and best times of the year. Right now that means taking a look at the UFC nominations for the best event of the year.

There were four events nominated for the honor. Below, you can find the quick results for each event, followed by a brief video recap, and then we’ll see what Pulse of MMA had to say when they made their voices heard.

EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN + / 6 p.m. ET)

  • Bantamweight fight: Danaa Batgerel won. Kevin Natividad by TKO (punches) at: 50 of Round 1
  • Light combat: Kazula Vargas has won. Rongzhu via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Flyweight fight: Jeffrey Molina won. Aoriqileng via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
  • Women’s strawweight fight: Ariane Carnelossi beat. Na Liang by TKO (punches) at 1:28 of Round 2

PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN / 8 p.m. ET)

  • Welterweight fight: Randy Brown won. Alex Oliveira by submission (naked rear choke) at 2:50 of Round 1
  • Welterweight fight: Dwight Grant won. Stefan Sekulic by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Middleweight fight: Brendan Allen won. Karl Roberson by submission (heel hook) at 4:55 of Round 1
  • Featherweight fight: Pat Sabatini won. Tristan Connelly via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

MAIN CARD (ESPN / 10 p.m. ET)

  • Welterweight title fight: Kamaru Usman beat. Jorge Masvidal by KO (punches) at 1:02 of Round 2 to retain the title
  • Women’s strawweight title fight: Rose Namajunas defeated. Zhang Weili by KO (header) at 1:18 of Round 1 to win the title
  • Women’s flyweight title fight: Valentina Shevchenko defeated. Jessica Andrade by TKO (elbows) at 3:19 of Round 2 to keep
  • Middleweight fight: Urie room def. Chris Weidman by TKO (injury) at: 17 of Round 1
  • Light heavyweight fight: Anthony Smith won. Jimmy Crute by TKO (doctor stop) at 5:00 am of the first round
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PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN +, 10:30 a.m.ET)

  • Flyweight fight: Tagir Ulanbekov won. Allan Nascimento by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Middleweight fight: Andre Petroski won. Hu Yaozong by submission (arm-triangle choke) at 4:46 of Round 3
  • Featherweight fight: Lerone Murphy won. Makwan Amirkhani by KO (knee) at: 14 of Round 2
  • Light heavyweight fight: Michal Oleksiejczuk won. Shamil Gamzatov by TKO (punches) at 3:31 of Round 1
  • Welterweight fight: Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos defeated. Benoit Saint-Denis unanimously (29-26, 29-26, 29-26)
  • Middleweight fight: Albert Duraev won. Roman Kopylov (30-27, 29-27, 29-27)
  • Featherweight fight: Zubaira Tukhugov beat. Ricardo Ramos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Women’s strawweight fight: Amanda Ribas beat. Virna Jandiroba via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28

MAIN CARD (ESPN +, 2 p.m. ET)

  • Light heavyweight fight: Magomed Ankalaev won. Volkan Oezdemir via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Welterweight fight: Khamzat Chimaev won. Li Jingliang by submission (bare back choke) at 3:16 of Round 1
  • Heavyweight fight: Alexander Volkov won. Marcin Tybura via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Light combat: Islam Makhachev defeated. Dan Hooker by submission (kimura) at 2:25 of Round 1
  • Interim bantamweight title fight: Petr Yan wins. Cory Sandhagen via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
  • Light heavyweight title fight: Glover Teixeira defeated. Jan Blachowicz by submission (naked rear choke) at 3:02 of Round 2
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EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN +, 6 p.m. ET)

  • Flyweight bout: Ode Osbourne has won. CJ Vergara via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Featherweight fight: Melsik Baghdasaryan defeats. Bruno Souza unanimously (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Light heavyweight fight: Dustin Jacoby won. John Allan via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Heavyweight fight: Chris Barnett won. Gian Villante by TKO (wheel kick and punches) at 2:23 of Round 2
  • Welterweight fight: Ian Garry won. Jordan Williams by KO (punches) at 4:59 of Round 1

PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPNews / ESPN +, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Middleweight fight: Nassourdine Imavov beat. Edmen Shahbazyan by TKO (elbows) at 4:42 of Round 2
  • Middleweight fight: Chris Curtis won. Phil Hawes by KO (punches) at 4:27 of Round 1
  • Light Combat: Bobby Green def. Al Iaquinta by TKO (punches) at 2:25 of the first round
  • Middleweight fight: Alex Pereira won. Andreas Michailidis by TKO (flying knee) at: 18 of Round 2

MAIN CARD (Pay Per View, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Light fight: Justin Gaethje won. Michael Chandler via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Featherweight fight: Shane Burgos won. Billy Quarantillo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Bantamweight fight: Marlon Vera conquered. Frankie Edgar by KO (front kick) at 3:50 of Round 3
  • Women’s strawweight title fight: Rose Namajunas defeated. Zhang Weili by split decision (47-48, 48-47, 49-46) to retain
  • Welterweight title fight: Kamaru Usman beat. Colby Covington by unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46) to keep
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PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN +, 1 p.m. ET)

  • Lightweight bout: Da Un Jung won. Kennedy Nzechukwu by KO (elbows) at 3:04 of Round 1
  • Light combat: Rafael Alves has won. Marc Diakiese by submission (guillotine choke) at 1:48 of Round 1
  • Women’s flyweight fight: Cortney Casey won. Liana Jojua by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Featherweight fight: Sean Woodson won. Collin Anglin by TKO (punches) at 4:30 of Round 1
  • Women’s flyweight fight: Andrea Lee won. Cynthia Calvillo by TKO (referee stop) at 5:00 am of Round 2
  • Light combat: Joel Alvarez has won. Thiago Moises by TKO (strikes) at 3:01 of Round 1

MAIN CARD (ESPN +, 1 p.m. ET)

  • Bantamweight fight: Song Yadong won. Julio Arce by TKO (punches) at 1:35 of Round 2
  • Welterweight fight: Khaos Williams won. Miguel Baeza by TKO (punches) at 1:02 of Round 3
  • Women’s featherweight fight: Felicia Spencer beat. Leah Letson by TKO (punches) at 4:25 of Round 3
  • Heavyweight fight: Marcos Rogerio de Lima beat. Ben Rothwell by TKO (punches) at: 32 of Round 1
  • Featherweight fight: Max Holloway won. Yair Rodriguez via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)

Event of the year package

You can check out the highlights of the four nominees for the year’s events below!

Twitter MMA weighs in

Finally, here’s what the Pulse of MMA had to say about the UFC nominations list after UFC 268 won 47.2% of the vote at the time of writing.

What do you say, MMA News family? Which event gets YOUR vote for the event of the year?


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