Robert Whittaker looks to bounce back against surging contender Darren Till!
UFC Fight Island 3 aka UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Till took place Saturday, July 25, 2020 at the Flash Forum in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and aired live on ESPN.
UFC Fight Island 3: Whittaker vs. Till Main Card Results
Middleweight Five Round Main Event: Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker (20-5 MMA, 12-3 UFC) def. Darren Till (18-2-1 MMA, 6-3-1 UFC) via unanimous decision (48-47 across the board)
Light Heavyweights: Former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio Shogun Rua (27-11-1 MMA, 7-6 UFC) def. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (23-10 MMA, 10-10-1 UFC) via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28). Lil Nog loses to his rival Shogun for a third time, but goes out in spectacular fashion in a violent, entertaining fight — at 44 years young!
Heavyweights: Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum (24-9-1 MMA, 12-6 UFC) def. Alexander Gustafsson (18-7 MMA, 10-7 UFC) via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 2:30. Tough heavyweight debut for the returning Gustafsson. The heavyweight Brazilian Jiu Jitsu legend does it again a decade after his iconic submission win over Fedor Emelianenko. Not bad for 42 years old.
Women’s Strawweights: Former inaugural UFC strawweight champion Carla Esparza (17-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC) def. Marina Rodriguez (12-1-2 MMA, 2-1-2 UFC) via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Light Heavyweights: Paul Craig (13-4-1 MMA, 5-4-1 UFC) def. Gadzhimurad Antigulov (20-7 MMA, 2-3 UFC) via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 2:06
Welterweights: Cowboy Alex Oliveira (22-8-1 MMA, 11-6-1 UFC) def. Peter Sobotta (17-7-1 MMA, 4-6 UFC) via unanimous decision (30-27 across the board)
Welterweights: Khamzat Chimaev (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) def. Rhys McKee (10-3-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:09. Chimaev gets his second win in TEN DAYS — the fastest turnaround time with back-to-back victories in UFC history! Chimaev is absolutely no joke and off to an amazing start to his MMA career. It sound cliche, but this was a Khabib Nurmagomedov esque performance if there ever was one.
UFC Fight Island 3: Whittaker vs. Till Main Card Prelim Results
Catchweight (160lbs): Francisco Trinaldo (26-7 MMA, 16-6 UFC) def. Jai Herbert (10-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 1:30. Trinaldo is 41 and still as dangerous as ever. Herbert held his own until getting caught. Ridiculously late stoppage by referee Herb Dean, who was chastised by commentator Dan Hardy after the fight.
Welterweights: Jesse Ronson (22-10 MMA, 1-3 UFC) def. Nicolas Dalby (18-4-1 MMA, 2-3-1 UFC) via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:48
Heavyweights: Tom Aspinall (8-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) def. Jake Collier (11-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) via TKO (punches) – Round 1, :45
Featherweights: Movsar Evloev (13-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) def. Mike Grundy (12-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Heavyweights: Tanner Boser (19-6-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) def. Raphael Pessoa (10-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:36
Women’s Bantamweights: Pannie Kianzad (13-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) def. Bethe Correia (11-5-1 MMA, 5-5-1 UFC) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Welterweights Ramazan Emeev (19-4 MMA, 4-1 UFC) def. Niklas Stolze (12-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Bantamweights Nathaniel Wood (17-4 MMA, 4-1 UFC) def. John Castañeda (17-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) via unanimous decision (30-27 across the board)
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