UFC 292: Sterling vs O’Malley Early Prelim Fight Results: Karine Silva defeats Maryna Moroz by submission (guillotine choke) at 4:59 of Round 1, Natalia Silva defeats Andrea Lee by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), Andre Petroski defeats Gerald Meerschaert by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).
UFC 292: Sterling vs O’Malley Prelim Fight Results: Brad Katona defeats Cody Gibson by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27), Kurt Holobaugh defeats Austin Hubbard by submission (triangle choke) at 2:39 of Round 2, Gregory Rodrigues defeats Denis Tiuliulin by KO (elbows) at 1:43 of Round 1, Brad Tavares defeats Chris Weidman by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
UFC 292: Sterling vs O’Malley Main Card Fight Results: Marlon Vera defeats Pedro Munhoz by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28), Mario Bautista defeats Da’Mon Blackshear by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-29, 30-27), Ian Machado Garry defeats Neil Magny by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-24), Co-Main Event: Zhang Weili defeats Amanda Lemos by unanimous decision (50-43, 50-44, 49-45), Main Event: Sean O’Malley defeats Aljamain Sterling by TKO (strikes) at 0:51 of Round 2.
Returning to Boston after an absence of nearly four years, UFC 292 illuminated TD Garden on Saturday night with a thrilling display of twelve action-packed fights that graced the Octagon, igniting the capacity crowd with excitement.
Headlining the event were two captivating championship clashes, complemented by a lineup replete with captivating bouts that captivated spectators from start to finish. Serving as the ultimate pay-per-view of the summer, the event brimmed with energy from the very beginning, culminating in an astonishing crescendo.
Emerging prospects showcased their skills, familiar names delivered signature performances, an existing champion successfully defended their title, and a new champion was gloriously crowned.
The night turned out to be a monumental success in the heart of Boston, and we’re thrilled to provide an in-depth account of all the remarkable moments that unfolded within the Octagon at UFC 292.
UFC 292: Sterling vs O’Malley – Match Results Main Event: Sean O’Malley secures victory over Aljamain Sterling via TKO (strikes) at just 51 seconds into Round 2. Co-Main Event: Zhang Weili triumphs over Amanda Lemos by unanimous decision, with scores of 50-43, 50-44, and 49-45. Ian Machado Garry clinches a unanimous decision win against Neil Magny, with judges’ scores of 30-26, 30-26, and 30-24. Mario Bautista emerges victorious over Da’Mon Blackshear by unanimous decision, with judges’ scores of 29-28, 29-29, and 30-27. Marlon Vera claims the win over Pedro Munhoz via unanimous decision, with judges’ scores of 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28. Brad Tavares secures a unanimous decision triumph against Chris Weidman, with judges’ scores of 30-27, 30-27, and 30-27. Gregory Rodrigues achieves a first-round victory over Denis Tiuliulin by KO (elbows) at 1 minute and 43 seconds into Round 1. Kurt Holobaugh notches a submission win against Austin Hubbard via triangle choke at 2 minutes and 39 seconds into Round 2. Brad Katona claims a unanimous decision win over Cody Gibson, with judges’ scores of 29-28, 29-28, and 30-27. Andre Petroski secures victory over Gerald Meerschaert by split decision, with judges’ scores of 28-29, 29-28, and 29-28. Natalia Silva emerges triumphant over Andrea Lee by unanimous decision, with judges’ scores of 30-27, 30-27, and 30-27. Karine Silva secures victory over Maryna Moroz via submission (guillotine choke) at 4 minutes and 59 seconds into Round 1.
UFC 292: Sterling vs O’Malley Early Prelim Fight Results
Karine Silva defeats Maryna Moroz by submission (guillotine choke) at 4:59 of Round 1
Initiating UFC 292 with a resounding statement, Karine Silva exacted a form of revenge and extended her streak of first-round submission victories to three. She skillfully executed a submission, tapping out Maryna Moroz just as the buzzer sounded.
Commencing their bout, the flyweights, who had previously crossed paths nine years ago, initiated the fight while maintaining a distance between them. Silva seized the moment when she delivered a precise left hand, causing Moroz to retreat. After disengaging from the fence and returning to open space, Silva executed a well-timed takedown, although Moroz initially gained the upper position. However, Silva managed to secure a chokehold, intertwining her hands and compelling Moroz to submit just as the round concluded.
With this victory, Silva now boasts an impressive 3-0 record within the UFC, all of her triumphs achieved via first-round finishes. This streak aligns with her broader success, as the determined winner of Dana White’s Contender Series has triumphed in eight consecutive matches. Undoubtedly, Silva emerges as a formidable contender in the flyweight division, deserving of close attention moving forward.
Natalia Silva defeats Andrea Lee by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Natalia Silva extended her flawless streak in the UFC by securing a unanimous decision victory against Andrea Lee, advancing her record to 4-0 within the Octagon.
Midway through the opening round, the young Brazilian managed to unsettle Lee with a precise right-hand strike, resulting in Lee’s nose streaming with crimson. As the bout continued, Silva’s strikes gradually decreased in both force and frequency, mainly due to Lee fortifying her defensive tactics. Nevertheless, Silva maintained her control over the fight, capitalizing on her agility and footwork to outmaneuver and outstrike the seasoned and ranked veteran.
Silva’s performance was notably composed, highlighting her upward trajectory. She exhibited unwavering composure and demonstrated her ability to contend with experienced adversaries at this level. Notably, she emerged victorious against ranked opponent Jasmine Jasudavicius in her promotional debut, and now her triumph over Lee further cements her standing. It’s highly likely that Silva will find herself with an official ranking when the next rankings are released.
Andre Petroski defeats Gerald Meerschaert by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
The preliminary clash between middleweight grapplers Andre Petroski and Gerald Meerschaert at UFC 292 took an unexpected turn, evolving into a spirited exchange of punches that provided substantial entertainment.
Throughout the initial round, Petroski and Meerschaert maintained a close contest, with their performance following a similar trajectory in the second round. However, the course of the fight took a dramatic shift when Andre Petroski, hailing from Philadelphia, delivered a potent looping left hand that found its mark solidly behind the ear of “GM3,” causing Meerschaert to drop. While both fighters hit the canvas a couple of times in the third round, a significant portion of the time was spent engaging in a punch-for-punch exchange. In the final round, Meerschaert gained the upper hand as Petroski’s stamina began to wane.
As the match concluded, the judges were tasked with rendering a decision, and their verdict was divided. Ultimately, Andre Petroski emerged as the victor, marking his fifth consecutive triumph. With this win, the former Ultimate Fighter participant advances to an overall record of 10-2.
UFC 292: Sterling vs O’Malley Prelim Fight Results
Brad Katona defeats Cody Gibson by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Brad Katona emerges as the bantamweight victor of TUF 31, securing the distinction of being the inaugural individual to claim victory in the enduring reality TV competition twice. He solidifies his place in history by prevailing over Cody Gibson in a remarkable and dynamic battle that unfolded in Boston, showcasing an exceptional back-and-forth exchange.
The tension that brewed among the bantamweight finalists within the confines of the house translated seamlessly into the Octagon, where they immediately engaged in a flurry of exchanges and sustained this aggressive approach throughout the fight. The pace they maintained was truly remarkable, even by bantamweight standards, with Gibson persistently driving forward while his Canadian counterpart strategically seized opportunities to strike. Notably, Katona managed to destabilize his American counterpart in the latter part of the second round.
The ebb and flow of success was evident, as each fighter’s achievements prompted an immediate response from the other. This resulted in a truly exceptional battle that showcased the competitive prowess of both contenders at this level. As the fight progressed, Katona showcased superior effectiveness, once again unsettling Gibson and securing a sweep of the scorecards. This victory not only earned him a second TUF trophy but also reinforced his status as a formidable competitor within the sport.
Kurt Holobaugh defeats Austin Hubbard by submission (triangle choke) at 2:39 of Round 2
Include Kurt Holobaugh in the roster of Ultimate Fighter champions, as the Louisiana native triumphed over his teammate from Team Chandler, Austin Hubbard, securing victory in the lightweight tournament.
Demonstrating his seasoned prowess at the age of 36, the veteran fighter managed to conclude both of his battles within the house with finishes, underscoring his grappling proficiency on Saturday’s bout. In the early moments of the second round, he adeptly brought Hubbard to the mat, orchestrating a seamless transition from the back to execute a belly-down armbar and then smoothly transitioning to a triangle choke. Although Hubbard initially displayed solid defense, he found himself overpowered on the ground and eventually succumbed when Holobaugh secured the chokehold.
Having previously experienced a string of losses with an 0-4 record across two separate UFC appearances, Holobaugh now secures his inaugural victory within the Octagon. This triumph grants him another opportunity to forge a successful journey on the grandest stage in the realm of sports. The veteran’s remarkable journey has enabled him to secure a return ticket to the UFC.
Gregory Rodrigues defeats Denis Tiuliulin by KO (elbows) at 1:43 of Round 1
Gregory Rodrigues made the deliberate choice to put his grappling skills on display, and in addition, he impressively showcased his potent striking ability during his bout against Denis Tiuliulin on the UFC 292 preliminary card.
Without hesitation, “Robocop” swiftly lifted the Russian adversary into the air before deftly bringing him to the canvas. He seamlessly transitioned into a mount position and proceeded to unleash a barrage of powerful elbows, rendering Tiuliulin unconscious.
This dominant performance illustrated the middleweight’s undeniable prowess, as he promptly bounces back into the realm of victories. Notably, each of his last four UFC wins has been secured through stoppages.
Brad Tavares defeats Chris Weidman by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Brad Tavares thwarted Chris Weidman’s much-anticipated comeback to the Octagon, showcasing his dominance right from the beginning and ultimately securing a second-round stoppage triumph over the former middleweight champion.
From the very start, the Hawaiian fighter displayed precision and efficiency, capitalizing on his characteristic clean and technical striking to effectively target Weidman from a distance, thus effectively neutralizing any attempts to engage in ground-based exchanges. In the subsequent round, Tavares continually unleashed leg kicks that left “The All-American” visibly struggling, causing him to limp within the cage. However, Weidman displayed resilience, managing to forge some moments of success. Nevertheless, Tavares remained committed to employing leg kicks while cleverly following up with strikes, taking advantage of Weidman’s efforts to evade the powerful hits aimed at his compromised lower extremity.
Tavares earned a unanimous decision victory, bringing a halt to his two-fight losing streak and adding a 15th UFC victory to his record. Despite Weidman’s commendable determination, a noteworthy effort following a two-year hiatus, and a gruesome injury, he couldn’t amass sufficient momentum, resulting in his sixth loss in his last nine fights and leaving him with a record of 2-7 over this span.
UFC 292: Sterling vs O’Malley Main Card Fight Results
Marlon Vera defeats Pedro Munhoz by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
The first bout of the main card, featuring Top 10 bantamweights Marlon Vera and Pedro Munhoz, fully lived up to the anticipated expectations as a closely contested and competitive clash.
In many aspects, the fight followed the familiar pattern of a Marlon Vera match-up, where Pedro Munhoz exhibited a slightly higher frequency of throws and successful strikes, while “Chito” Vera managed to infuse his hits with a touch more power. However, neither contender delivered any impactful blows that significantly rattled the other, and neither managed to establish prolonged dominance in the exchanges. Essentially, they remained at the center of the Octagon, engaging in a steady exchange of blows, leaving the final judgment to the scorecards.
Following the score tally, Marlon Vera emerged as the victor, receiving a duo of 30-27 scores alongside a 29-28 from the third official. This victory serves as a positive rebound for Vera, particularly after his comparatively subdued performance against Cory Sandhagen earlier in the year. With this win, he has secured triumphs in five of his most recent six appearances, showcasing his resilience and determination.
Mario Bautista defeats Da’Mon Blackshear by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-29, 30-27)
Continuing his impressive streak, Mario Bautista extended his series of victories to five with a unanimous decision triumph over the determined Da’Mon Blackshear. This showdown unfolded as the second of three main card bantamweight bouts.
Hailing from the MMA Lab, Bautista adeptly managed to elude the advances of the relentless grappler, who had taken the fight on short notice just a week after securing a first-round submission victory in Las Vegas. Throughout the match, Bautista exhibited heightened activity and effectiveness in striking, particularly as the contest unfolded. His ability to precisely strike Blackshear in open spaces and deliver impactful blows in close quarters proved pivotal.
Achieving five consecutive wins within the bantamweight division is a remarkable feat, regardless of the opponent. This accomplishment is poised to elevate Bautista’s standing, potentially leading to a more challenging adversary in his next outing. With a UFC record of 7-2, the 30-year-old fighter is consistently demonstrating growth and improvement with each appearance. As we approach the final months of 2023 and progress into 2024, Bautista stands as an athlete to closely monitor the MMA landscape.
Ian Machado Garry defeats Neil Magny by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-24)
Maintaining his undefeated status, Ian Machado Garry secured a poised and composed unanimous decision victory against the prominent Top 15 contender Neil Magny. This triumph unfolded as the conclusive non-title bout of the evening.
The Irish rising star initiated his assault by consistently targeting Magny’s lead leg, effectively causing the latter to stumble to the canvas on multiple occasions. This tactical approach resulted in Magny exhibiting a noticeable limp and discomfort in his leg, particularly evident in his movements following the midpoint of the opening round. Garry chose to systematically weaken Magny’s leg by persistently delivering leg kicks, promptly forcing his adversary to rise each time. Furthermore, he taunted Magny repeatedly throughout the final round, including a display of bravado at the fight’s conclusion.
The 25-year-old prospect exhibited an impressive performance, elevating his record to 13-0 with this triumph. Holding a position in the Top 15 rankings and having just defeated one of the division’s most seasoned competitors, Garry’s next steps are poised to draw considerable interest. The audacious emerging talent’s future trajectory will undoubtedly be captivating to observe following this significant victory.
Co-Main Event: Zhang Weili defeats Amanda Lemos by unanimous decision (50-43, 50-44, 49-45)
Zhang Weili faced an initial moment of concern, yet the strawweight champion skillfully maneuvered through it to ultimately achieve a resounding defense of her title. In a commanding display, she controlled the bout against Amanda Lemos, securing a convincing decision victory.
The accomplished two-time titleholder initiated the bout by swiftly bringing Lemos to the mat early in the first round. A finish appeared imminent as Zhang relentlessly pressed on, yet the Brazilian contender unexpectedly secured a deep ninja choke from the bottom position. Displaying remarkable composure, Zhang navigated her way out of the chokehold, ending the round with a series of impactful strikes along the fence. Subsequently, the momentum shifted dramatically, with Zhang dictating the proceedings. She efficiently executed takedowns at her discretion, and her dominance in striking exchanges was undeniable.
In the fifth round, Zhang showcased her prowess once again, delivering a clean right-hand strike that sent Lemos to the canvas. The remainder of the round witnessed Zhang consistently punishing her opponent, leaving an indelible mark on the inaugural title defense of her second reign as the champion of the 115-pound weight class.
Main Event: Sean O’Malley defeats Aljamain Sterling by TKO (strikes) at 0:51 of Round 2
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Sean O’Malley secures his newfound status as the UFC bantamweight champion, clinching the title with a second-round stoppage victory over Aljamain Sterling, bringing the curtains down on UFC 292 in Boston.
Emerging from Dana White’s Contender Series, the skillful graduate, Sean O’Malley, executed a splendidly timed right-hand strike just as Sterling sought to narrow the distance in the early moments of the second round, resulting in the champion being knocked down. Swiftly following the initial blow, O’Malley delivered precise shots while Sterling was grounded, prompting referee Marc Goddard to intervene and cease the action.
With this victory, any lingering uncertainties surrounding O’Malley’s capabilities have been unequivocally addressed. His exceptional talent and prominence as a standout athlete can no longer be disputed, as he now ascends to the summit of the 135-pound weight class.