UFC 295 took place at the legendary Madison Square Garden Arena in New York City and in the main event, former UFC middleweight champion Alex Pereira captured the vacant bantamweight title with an early upset of former division champion Jiri Prohazka.
In the first round, the Brazilian acted in a disciplined manner, methodically knocking out his opponent’s legs in the standup, and defended himself competently in the standup for nearly three minutes after the Czech managed to move him.
In the second five-minute period, Prochazka relied on exchanges near the net and paid for it a minute before the break when he missed a short side kick from the left and was knocked down. Trying to escape, the Czech fighter went for a leg kick and Pereira clobbered him with elbow strikes from the side and tipped him on his back, forcing referee Mark Goddard to stop the fight at the 4:08 mark.
In a post-fight interview, the Brazilian stated that he wouldn’t mind completing a trilogy with Israel Adesanya and also expressed his willingness to face former division champion Jamall Hill, who vacated the title due to injury.
In the co-main event, Russian fighter Sergey Pavlovich failed to win the interim UFC heavyweight championship belt, suffering an early defeat against Brit Tom Aspinall.
Aspinall was expected to move around a lot and had already landed several painful low kicks in the first minute of the fight, which clearly slowed down an already looking stiff Pavlovic. After catching his opponent with a deuce, the Russian stepped up the pressure, but early in the second minute of the match Aspinall shook him with a right jab, sent him to the canvas with a second series of punches, and then finished him off with hammerfists in the parterre.
By finishing the fight at 69 seconds, 30-year-old Tom Aspinall earned his second straight victory after suffering a knee injury in his bout against Curtis Blades, and broke 31-year-old Sergey Pavlovic’s impressive streak of six first-round knockout victories.
In the third main event of the tournament, former UFC featherweight champion Jessica Andrade put her career back on track after three straight early losses, finishing Mackenzie Dern by second-round technical knockout.
The lightweight bout between Russia’s Vyacheslav Borshchev and Azerbaijan’s Nazim Sadikhov, which was part of the preliminary card, did not reveal a winner, ending in a draw by majority of the judges’ votes.
Other results of the event included early wins for Benoit Saint-Denis, Diego Lopez, Mateusz Rebecki, Jared Gordon and Jamall Emmers.
All results from UFC 295.