UFC 286 takeaways: Leon Edwards makes good on his word; Justin Gaethje ready for his last title run

Brett Okamoto, Marc Raimondi as well as Jeff Wagenheim respond to the largest minutes at UFC 286 as well as use ideas on what could be in advance for the standouts in London.

There’s no question the welterweight champ after UFC 286

Wagenheim: Are we meant to be amazed that at the end of a rowdy evening in London on Saturday, Leon Edwards continued to be UFC welterweight champ? Any individual that is stunned by the result generally occasion of UFC 286 at the O2 Sector in London may not have actually been paying close sufficient interest the last time he as well as Kamaru Usman tussled.

The dominating narrative adhering to Edwards’ spectacular dethroning of Usman last August was that the head kick that finished the battle in the last min of Round 5 was the Hail storm Mary of a male in a helpless scenario. As well as in a manner, that held true. Usman was easily in advance on every one of the courts’ scorecards.

Yet in some cases neglected is that Edwards kipped down one of the most leading round of that battle. He appeared for Round 1 that night as well as racked up the very first takedown gave up by Usman in his 16-fight UFC job, as well as Edwards managed the then-champ on the canvas for a number of mins, intimidating an entry.

Sure, Usman took control as well as preserved it the remainder of the method– till that one-kick KO– however as remarkable as that last minute was for Edwards, it was not his only minute. He had actually revealed previously in the battle that he might hang with Usman as well as placed him in difficulty.

Which is the significance of just how this 3rd conference played out, from beginning to end. The information were simply various. There was no fancy ko this moment, simply a lot of kicks to the legs as well as upper body that slowed down Usman’s advancements. As well as there was no Edwards takedown, either, simply a lot of stout takedown protection by the Englishman, that warded off 11 of Usman’s 15 efforts to take him to the canvas. That consistent success on both violation as well as protection for the complete 5 rounds is what made it possible for Edwards to preserve his belt.

The takedown protection was a display for Edwards in a department packed with wrestlers. Colby Covington was cageside, marketing for his shot– regardless of not having actually completed in over a year. Extra possible oppositions consist of Khamzat Chimaev, Gilbert Burns as well as Belal Muhammad.

There’s a lengthy line of challengers waiting on their shot. As well as they all saw what the champ did versus a previous champ that till last summertime looked unyielding.

Okamoto: That’s following for Leon Edwards as well as Kamaru Usman

That need to be following for Edwards: Colby Covington

Covington hasn’t combated because March, however that’s connected to a supposed attack on him by Jorge Masvidal in Miami quickly after they combated. While he hasn’t been energetic, Covington’s return to still places him initially eligible a title shot.

Beyond Usman, Covington has actually been the leading guy of this department. Currently, if I were Edwards, I would not intend to battle him either. Edwards seems like Covington eluded him for many years, so requiring him to take a battle as well as await a title shot would possibly taste rather wonderful. Yet all outdoors variables apart, Covington is worthy of the shot next off.

Wild card: Jorge Masvidal

You understand if Masvidal does something stunning versus Gilbert Burns at UFC 287 following month, there is a great opportunity he’s obtaining the following shot. The plot is also succulent for Edwards or the UFC to miss.

‘ 3 item as well as a soft drink’ is just one of one of the most popular lines in this sporting activity’s background, as well as Edwards has actually constantly intended to obtain his hands on Masvidal after their backstage occurrence in 2019.

If you protest this circumstance due to the fact that Masvidal would not be as deserving as others, all I can inform you is: Overcome it. If Masvidal turns up as well as functions following month in Miami, we’re obtaining this title battle.

That need to be following for Usman: Stephen Thompson

I was a little stunned Usman made it clear so swiftly inside the Octagon that he will certainly be back as well as he will certainly see Edwards once again. I do not understand why that amazed me, perhaps I simply assumed after such an enormous battle, he would certainly desire a 2nd to actually collect his ideas.

Regardless, it reveals where his frame of mind is. Absolutely nothing has actually transformed. He’s below as well as his objective is the top. The Thompson match is one we never ever saw throughout his title power as well as I would certainly like to see it.

Wild card: Belal Muhammad

Muhammad gets on a wonderful win touch as well as is requiring a title shot. I understand he does not seem like he ought to be compelled to win another, however that’s the fact of his scenario. If he were to defeat one of the most leading champ of the last years, nobody might refute him any longer.

Gaethje places on one more remarkable efficiency, however understands end of the roadway is coming

Raimondi: Justin Gaethje stated something actually intriguing in his postfight meeting. He informed Daniel Cormier that he has one last perform at the UFC light-weight title in him as well as he’s not mosting likely to be about a lot longer.

That was a little a shock, because, well, there’s a specific ambiance around Gaethje that he’s hardly human. Some followers may have anticipated a gray-haired Gaethje to limp as well as squeak his method to the Octagon well right into his 50s as well as attempt to punch it out with challengers a couple of years his junior. Why would certainly any person place it past him?

Yet Gaethje’s remarks were a bit serious. His days of entering the Octagon are phoned number as well as honestly, a fast fact check would certainly make any person comprehend why. Gaethje is just 34 years of ages, however he has had 28 professional battles as well as he’s not precisely the kind to coastline to success staying clear of damages, you understand? That’s simply not his design. In fact, it’s the contrary. Gaethje tires temple initially right into these fights with a few of the most difficult, most hazardous boxers worldwide with a half-smile on his face as well as pleasure in his eyes.

There are still some huge, definitely extraordinary Gaethje battles to find. His gain Rafael Fiziev at UFC 286 on Saturday maintains Gaethje, the previous acting champ, in the challenger discussion. He’s possibly just one success far from one more title shot currently.

So, allow’s attempt to take pleasure in Gaethje while he’s still about. There’s a propensity amongst followers, as well as perhaps even media, to not completely value points taking place in the minute. All of us have attention deficit disorder. That Twitter timeline can scroll by rather swiftly. Instagram tales are entered 24-hour. Allow’s not make that blunder with Gaethje, that may actually be one of the most amusing boxer in UFC background. He has actually won 11 fight-night bonus offers in 11 UFC battles.

When it concerns activity, the guy does not miss out on– the majority of the moment at the hinderance of his very own health and wellness. Gaethje may not win the undeniable UFC light-weight title as well as mostly that will not imply much for his tradition. The Fiziev battle was one more notch in a similarly crucial belt, the legendary one approved to him as the sporting activity’s king of physical violence. As well as nobody is coming for that group whenever quickly.

Okamoto: That’s following for Justin Gaethje

That need to be following: Dustin Poirier

This was just one of one of the most remarkable success of Gaethje’s job. He stated it himself continuously in the build-up to this battle, that Fiziev is young as well as starving which is a hazardous mix. As well as he had the ability to win after falling under a very early opening.

The late modification of discovering the uppercut was a point of elegance, as well as it protected what could be the last title run of his job. Poirier remains in a comparable area. He’s gone to the leading for life, however lost in a title quote that had not been that lengthy back (December 2021).

A battle in between them makes all the feeling worldwide. It’s a rematch of an amazing battle. It’s 2 previous acting champs. The champion obtains another chance at the undeniable belt. Perfect battle.

So best, as a matter of fact, I do not have a wildcard for Gaethje. This is the only battle to produce both.

Okamoto: That’s following for Rafael Fiziev


That need to be following: Loser of Charles Oliveira vs. Beneil Dariush on May 6

This was a hard loss for Fiziev, however he’s still in a great area. Had he won that battle, he’s possibly still a Dustin Poirier battle far from a title shot. Coming off this loss, he still may just be one battle away.

No matter whoever sheds in between Oliveira as well as Daiush, a gain them would certainly be large. There aren’t several names still in advance of Fiziev, as well as while he took the loss, this battle elevated his account. Either match would certainly be fire.

Wild card: Mateusz Gamrot

Gamrot is coming off a gain Jalin Turner, however it had not been all that leading of an efficiency. Gamrot would actually evaluate Fiziev’s fumbling, which I wish to see.

Fiziev has actually looked strong safeguarding takedowns so far in his job, however if he might do versus Gamrot that would actually inform us something as he reconstructs his situation for a title shot.

Not the return O’Neill desired, however there’s still positive outlook for the future

Raimondi: Casey O’Neill’s return from a torn ACL really did not go fairly as prepared. The preferred, Scotland-born boxer was contending in the UK for the very first time, a considerable minute in her job. In addition, she had actually not combated in 13 months after recouping from knee surgical treatment.

Yet O’Neill was unable to grab the win. Jennifer Maia had the ability to outbox her in an enjoyable, back-and-forth battle. Which’s alright. Maia is extremely challenging, as well as better than what she is provided credit scores for. Allow’s not neglect Maia provided then-champion Valentina Shevchenko one hell of a battle in 2020. It’s difficult to look great versus Maia, that is all-round, strikes difficult as well as has strong method. That’s the precise type of match you do not desire returning from a lengthy discharge as well as an extreme knee injury. Yet, O’Neill really did not hesitate in all, which might have been an issue.

O’Neill is still simply 25 years of ages. She’s still among one of the most appealing young boxers in the department. The reality she had the ability to stand as well as bang with Maia in an affordable battle in this battle was urging. It indicates O’Neill actually isn’t all that away the elite boxers in the department.

Female’s flyweight, incidentally, is a department in prospective change. Alexa Grasso simply ripped off Shevchenko to win the title. Shevchenko is most likely to obtain the prompt rematch, deservedly so, however points are large open.

So, allow’s not toss chilly water on O’Neill’s possibility condition right now. Provide her one more year as well as see where she is this moment in 2024. It’ll likely be rather near the top of the 125-pound department.

Okamoto: That’s following for Marvin Vettori

That need to be following: Khamzat Chimaev

Chimaev is concerning middleweight. Both battles that make one of the most feeling for him are Robert Whittaker as well as Vettori. The UFC has actually reviewed that match as well as it’s a great one, however if Alex Pereira safeguards his title next month versus Israel Adesanya, Whittaker might as well as need to glide in for a title shot. So, if that were to be the situation, Chimaev would certainly require a brand-new dancing companion at middleweight as well as Vettori is the one. In fact, from a pre-fight point ofview, this match would certainly have an interesting build-up. We’ll need to see just how a couple of even more points play out in this department, however I might certainly see these 2 going across courses.

Wild card: Alex Pereira

Like I stated, if Pereira defeats Adesanya, he’ll certainly require a brand-new title opposition. Whittaker is the right option, however if that failed for whatever factor, Vettori would certainly be successive.

Moakev success, however at what expense?

Raimondi: Muhammad Mokaev continued to be unbeaten. He obtained his 3rd coating in 4 UFC success. As well as he’s still among the very best potential customers in all of mixed martial arts. Yet will he be sorry for just how his battle with Jafel Filho decreased at UFC 286? He quite possibly might, also years in the future.

Filho had a genuine, deep kneebar secured on Mokaev’s left leg in the 3rd round. Mokaev was in discomfort as well as stated he listened to the knee fracturing. Yet he did not touch. He in some way weathered it, went out as well as put a choke on Filho for the coating.

Later, however, Mokaev’s left leg was plainly jeopardized. He had a difficult time returning to his feet as well as was hopping around the Octagon. Ideally, the damages to the knee isn’t regrettable. Yet kneebars can be among one of the most hazardous entries in mixed martial arts as a result of the hyperextension of a critically important joint.

On discourse Saturday, previous UFC middleweight champ Michael Bisping kept in mind that a close friend of his really did not touch to a kneebar throughout his job as well as was never ever the exact same once again. Knees aren’t something to mess around with. Mokaev is just 22 years of ages which was a really 22-year-old choice. “Live to eliminate one more day” is not a concept typically utilized in mixed martial arts, where strength as well as the capacity to endure discomfort as well as damages are pietistic. Yet this had not been simply a cut over the eye, it was something that might influence the remainder of Mokaev’s job.

Allow’s wish it does not. Mokaev is an extraordinary boxer, that might wind up controling the flyweight department for many years as well as years to find. That might have held true, however, also if he took his very first job loss at UFC 286 as well as left the cage with 2 completely functional legs.

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