MMA Junkie’s mid-year ‘Greatest Efficiency’: A historic crowning second

Former featherweight champ Max Holloway set the bar excessive for greatest efficiency of the 12 months in January.

At UFC on ABC 1 in Abu Dhabi, Holloway ( 22-6 MMA, 18-6 UFC) tuned up Calvin Kattar with insane hanging quantity. The previous champ landed 445 important strikes and even managed to land a couple of no-look punches on Kattar (22-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) whereas speaking to the commentary staff sitting cageside. The dominant unanimous resolution win included a number of 10-8 scores from the judges as the ultimate scores learn 50-43, 50-43, and 50-42.


— UFC (@ufc) January 16, 2021

Francis Ngannou revealed a brand new stage of fighter in his rematch towards Stipe Miocic.

Normally a wrecking ball who tries to blast by his opponents along with his punching energy, the Ngannou (16-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC) that entered the cage at UFC 260 was a very totally different fighter. Behind his affected person, calculated method, he was in a position to throw off Miocic’s (20-4 MMA, 14-4 UFC) sport plan and choose aside the then-champ earlier than placing him away within the second spherical by knockout.

Tremendous Sluggish 𝗙𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗠𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 Digital camera!

Relive #UFC260 now on @UFCFightPass

— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) March 31, 2021

Kamaru Usman has a pair of performances to select from up to now in 2021, but it surely was his show at UFC 261 that earned the nomination.

In his second title protection of the 12 months, Usman (19-1 MMA, 14-0 UFC) knocked out Jorge Masvidal within the second spherical with an insane right-hand punch to cap off a near-flawless efficiency.

After utilizing his left hand to disrupt the guard of Masvidal (35-14 MMA, 12-7 UFC), Usman adopted up with arguably the most effective punch of his profession, catching Masvidal flush on the chin, making a end that additionally made our Knockout of the 12 months nominations.

Saturday night time was ICONIC 🤩

🎥 ‘Battle Movement’ has arrived for #UFC261.

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— UFC (@ufc) April 29, 2021

Dustin Poirier’s constant enchancment as a fighter shined in Abu Dhabi at UFC 257 within the rematch towards Conor McGregor.

Seeking to get one again on McGregor (22-5 MMA, 10-3 UFC) after falling by knockout of their first assembly, Poirier (27-6 MMA, 19-5 UFC) used a software that was absent within the first struggle – the calf kick.

Poirier used the approach usually and it modified the course of the struggle shortly because it affected McGregor’s motion, in the end leaving a gap for the punching mixture that may finish the struggle within the second spherical.


🎥 We decelerate the epic rematch from #UFC257.


— UFC (@ufc) January 26, 2021

Following their Battle of the 12 months contending first title struggle that resulted in a draw, Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo met for the second time at UFC 263.

The rematch wouldn’t make it to the judges, due to a spectacular efficiency from Moreno (19-5-2 MMA, 7-2-2 UFC) who made historical past for his dwelling nation of Mexico.

Moreno was sharp early on, catching the aggressive Figueiredo (20-2-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC) with a clear counter left hand to drop the then-champion with simply over a minute remaining within the opening spherical.

Moreno got here out swinging 👀#UFC263

(by way of @ufc)

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 13, 2021

The whole lot about Moreno’s demeanor contained in the cage was totally different from their first struggle. He appeared extra assured in each motion and the outcomes proved that to be true.

Halfway by the third spherical, Moreno took Figueiredo’s again and sunk in a rear-naked choke to win the struggle by submission.


— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 13, 2021

Moreno made historical past by turning into the primary Mexico-born champion within the UFC and likewise took dwelling a “Efficiency of the Night time” bonus to make the victory a bit sweeter.

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