O'Malley, 25, ran his record to 11-0 and unofficially didn't absorb a shot. One of the biggest things we found was foot positioning, I feel like we addressed that well tonight. The second round was all Magny. "I wasn't nervous at all, I was ready for this.". According to UFC Stats, Emmers outlanded Chikadze 54-38 in significant strikes, including 32-13 in Round 3. Meerschaert picked up a very nice submission win at 2:13 of the third round. The second round was much of the same. 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For two rounds, Madsen had his way with Hubbard. He landed a big knee in the clinch in the third round, rocking his opponent. I never had a consistent strength and conditioning coach in between camps, but I have that now and I feel way better. Li put out a lot of energy in getting the takedowns and had little to show for them. "Over the last year now, I've been finding myself in a real down place. Once he had Safarov on the canvas, he quickly gained back control and was looking for a rear-naked choke. Two years and four days since he last was allowed inside the Octagon, Sean O'Malley finally made his return. I had two surgeries, two pulled fights, it was a lot. It was an absolutely wild sequence of events and the first time Klose had ever been finished. Hubbard, clearly seeing Madsen's tendency to lean to his right in the clinch, landed two more nice knees and a spinning elbow on a clinch separation. Batgerel, who did this training camp at the Albuquerque, New Mexico, gym, stopped Cannetti via knockout at 3:01 of the first round in the UFC 248 prelim opener. He came out with a spinning back fist, which missed but set the tone. Rodolfo Vieira's eye was in bad shape before getting the sub at #UFC248 pic.twitter.com/IlJCC9PCc1. Lightweight: Mark O. Madsen (10-0) def. The uppercut seemed to be what shifted things. Fine boys enjoying the finer tings ?? UFC real or not: McGregor vs. Poirier will be for the lightweight title? The American had a pair of takedowns. The Iran native, who lives and trains in California, is 6-2-1 in his past nine fights. Closing strong!Chikadze and Emmers go the full 15 - who took it for you? • Mark O. Madsen vs. Austin Hubbard Madsen earned a unanimous decision (29-28 on all three cards) win. I’m grateful I get to travel, while most people won’t/can’t. Israel Adesanya IG Post - ? Batgerel, 30, earned his first UFC victory. Oliveira landed a nice Superman punch in the second and put Griffin on his back in the third. Klose, a 30-year-old Arizona resident, had won three straight coming in. O'Malley, who was one of the UFC's hottest young prospects before a failed drug test derailed his hype train, picked up right where he left off with a fluid and powerful performance in finishing Jose Quinonez in the first round on Saturday night in the featured prelim of UFC 248 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Saparbek Safarov vs. Rodolfo Vieira. His finish was relentless and efficient. • Zhang Weili vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk Featherweight: Giga Chikadze (9-2) defeats Jamall Emmers (17-5) by split decision. Sign up for our newsletter and get every update delivered to your inbox! 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Oliveira hugged his coaches, then embraced Griffin and raised his hand. Training at JacksonWink MMA is paying off. I can throw anything from either stance and I have so many tools, especially when I'm out there with people that I know I am way better than. And at the end, it ended up an excellent victory for the Kings MMA product. Oliveira opened up a nasty cut on Griffin's forehead with an uppercut in the second round and seemed to only gain momentum from there. After having his hand raised, O'Malley had an emotional moment before he could be interviewed inside the cage. I think this gets me right back in the mix. • Danaa Batgerel vs. Guido Cannetti, "It's hard to put into words," O'Malley said. It was more of the same in Round 3 as Magny had a 44-7 edge in strikes and added a takedown. "I knew I had to end it in the first round," Vieira said through an interpreter, "because it would have been hard to continue the fight without being able to see out of the left eye.". If the PPV is purchased, all fights from UFC 248: Adesanya vs. Romero are available to watch on ESPN+. Bantamweight: Danaa Batgerel (7-2) defeats Guido Cannetti (8-6) by first-round KO. It lets me and everyone else know that I belong and that I'm here to stay.". UFC 248 results: Sean O'Malley's 'Suga Show 2.0' a hit, Contender Series: Four finishes, four contracts in Week 8, Sources: UFC finalizing Thompson-Neal fight, Blachowicz waiting until March for belt defense, Sources: Waterson-Ribas in works for UFC 257, Sources: Means replaces Lawler in Perry bout, Sources: Chookagian-Calvillo eyed for UFC 255, White on Silva loss: 'He should never fight again', White: Adesanya's next fight against Blachowicz. He then watched a video replay of the finishing sequence and noted that he's not the same fighter he was when he left two years ago. Quinonez (8-4) has lost two of his past three fights. Vieira, a four-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion and a seven-time World Cup champion, made it look like another day at the office in running his record to 7-0. But Emmers, who was making his UFC debut while riding a four-fight winning streak, gradually closed the distance, and a minute and a half into the second round he got his first takedown. In the first, Madsen landed a huge German suplex that drove Hubbard to the mat. • Rodolfo Vieira vs. Saparbek Safarov "I've been through a lot to get here. For most of the fight, it was Winn landing the haymakers and Meerschaert trying to keep him from closing the distance with straight punches and a steady diet of jabs. But in the view of two judges, Chikadze had done enough out of the gate. It was the 22nd submission win of Meerschaert's career and his 28th finish in 30 career wins. Li saw his three-fight winning streak end. "Putting him away was good, he did catch me, he's a tough guy, but it feels great to get back in there and get another submission. But it was not enough. • Neil Magny vs. Li Jingliang I know a lot of people won't agree with that because they haven't really got to see it, but I truly believe I am the best MMA striker. And it was a triumphant one. Madsen landed takedown after takedown and nearly had a D'arce choke at one point. For the rest of Round 1 and for much of the second, Chikadze kept the fight at his preferred range with kicks from distance. That's four wins a row for Chikadze, the past two in the UFC. Returning to the Octagon after a career-long absence of 476 days, Magny made up for lost time with an all-around masterful performance. But Magny fought smartly, engaging in exchanges against the cage, then slipping away and out of any potential peril.