UFC 295, results and highlights: Pereira and Aspinall are crowned champions in New York

Alex Pereira He was born in São Paulo, Brazil, far from the big lights of New York’s Madison Square Garden, but that stage feels like home to him. There the Poatan He was crowned UFC middleweight champion in 2022 by beating Israel Adesanya and this Saturday he did it again but in a different division, by knocking out Jiri Prochazka for the vacant UFC light heavyweight title.

There was no one in possession of the title currently due to the injury suffered by Jamahal Hill, but previously Prochazka himself had to vacate it due to injury as well. The Czech had not lost his crown in the octagon, but this time the knockout he suffered left no doubt. Pereira, who should face Hill in 2024, is the new king.

Jon Jones was supposed to defend the UFC heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic in the main event. However, due to an injury, Jones was left off the card and in the co-main event they faced Tom Aspinall and Sergei Pavlovich for the interim heavyweight title and we had barely a minute of combat, until the Englishman Aspinall hurt the Russian Pavlovich and everything ended by technical knockout, crowning the man from Manchester.

Other fights on the card featured triumphs of Lupita Godínez and Jessica Andrade to set records and impressive knockouts like that of Benoit Saint-Denis vs. Matt Frevola.

The Sporting News presents all the results and highlights of UFC 295.

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Alex Pereira defeated Jiri Prochazka for the UFC light heavyweight title

A night full of knockouts had to end with another one, in this case in the stellar fight between Alex Pereira and Jiri Prochazka that once again gave the Brazilian a UFC crown.

The fight began as one of low kicks, territory in which Pereira ruled. The attacking initiative, however, passed to the European’s side, but Pereira protected himself effectively and managed to win the first round. In the second, they exchanged several blows and Pereira continued damaging with his leg kicks until an accurate counterattack by the São Paulo native managed to finish off Prochazka near the end of the round.

Tom Aspinall defeated Sergei Pavlovich for the interim UFC heavyweight title

Tom Aspinall’s speed outweighed Sergei Pavlovich’s raw power and the Englishman is the new interim heavyweight champion.

In just over a minute Aspinall finished with Pavlovich, who had connected with the Briton in the only moment in which he was a still target, but before the first combination that the man from Manchester took, the fight ended by technical knockout.

Jessica Andrade defeated Mackenzie Dern; straw weight

Another female record in the UFC is set by Jessica Andrade, who in her case equals the highest number of victories in the female branch that Amanda Nunes had alone with 16 wins. Stake She knocked down Mackenzie Dern four times in a round and a half with her punches, until she ended up winning by technical knockout after two left hands and a right to which Dern did not oppose.

Andrade, who had won in January and since then had lost three fights, closes his 2023 on a good note by demonstrating his superiority from striking, a game in which he managed to hold Dern to beat her.

Benoit Saint-Denis defeated Matt Frevola; light weight

The second fight on the main card also lasted a minute and a half: the Frenchman Benoit Saint-Denis scores with a moment that is not a candidate for the KO of the night, but for the best of the year: tremendous left kick to the chin of the ranked Matt Frevola who sent him to sleep in an instant.

This is Saint-Denis’ fifth consecutive victory in the first or second round and should place the former military man in the top 15 of the lightweight division. The atmosphere was in favor of the local Frevola, but Saint-Denis managed to silence everyone despite having suffered an important knockdown a few seconds before the KO.

Diego Lopes defeated Pat Sabatini; Featherweight

The first fight on the main card of UFC 295 lasted just a minute and a half: that’s what it took for Diego Lopes to knock out Pat Sabatini, with a knee and a right hand that left the American groggy and then punished him until the referee stopped the fight. combat.

Lopes, who debuted in the UFC with a loss at UFC 288, now has his second consecutive victory by finish in the first round.

Steve Erceg defeated Alessandro Costa; flyweight

Steve Erceg once again prevails in the UFC: after having surprised at home at UFC 289, “Astro Boy” This time he won by unanimous decision of 29-28, 29-28 and 292-8 against Alessandro Costa in a fight in which he was the most aggressive man in the octagon and that was enough for him to win two rounds against the Brazilian, the first and the third.

Lupita Godínez defeated Tabatha Ricci; straw weight

Mexican Lupita Godínez made history in the UFC tonight, becoming the first fighter to win four fights in the same year. Godínez defeated the Brazilian Tabatha Ricci by split decision 27-30, 29-28 and 29-28 and adds this victory to those achieved against Cynthia Calvillo, Emily Ducote and Elise Reed.

Godínez should earn a place in the top ten of the strawweight division after this victory in a fight in which she stuck very closely to her defensive plan, preventing Ricci’s takedown attempts, who saw his own end come to an end. streak of four consecutive victories. The controversy remains due to the 30-27 scorecard for Ricci’s side, which looked very exaggerated.

Mateusz Rębecki defeated Roosevelt Roberts; light weight

At a catchweight of 158 pounds, a little over the lightweight limit because Roosevelt Roberts overshot the scales, Poland’s Mateusz Rebecki emerged the winner in the first round by submitting the American.

Rebecki, now with a 19-1 record as a professional, achieved three wins in his three appearances in his debut year in the UFC and is beginning to be a name to take into account in this division.

Nazim Sadykhov empathized with Viacheslav Borshchev; peso ligero

The TV preliminaries began with the tie between Nazim Sadykhov and Viacheslav Borshchev, with cards of 29-28, 28-28 and 28-28. A draw that stops Azeri Sadykhov’s streak of nine consecutive wins and that already positions him as a candidate for best fight of the night, due to all the courage that Borshchev showed to be able to endure the fight and not lose.

In the first preliminary fights we already saw a spectacular knockout: that of Jamall Emmers against Dennis Buzukja.

Welcome! UFC 295 takes place tonight from Madison Square Garden stadium in New York.

UFC 295 fights and results

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  • Alex Pereira defeated Jiri Prochazka via second-round knockout for vacant UFC light heavyweight title
  • Tom Aspinall defeated Sergei Pavlovich by knockout in the first round, for the interim UFC heavyweight title
  • Jessica Andrade defeated Mackenzie Dern by knockout in the second round; straw weight
  • Benoit Saint-Denis defeated Matt Frevola by knockout in the first round; light weight
  • Diego Lopes defeated Pat Sabatini by knockout in the first round; Featherweight


  • Steve Erceg defeated Alessandro Costa by unanimous decision; flyweight.
  • Lupita Godinez defeated Tabatha Ricci by split decision; straw weight
  • Mateusz Rębecki defeated Roosevelt Roberts by submission in the first round; light weight
  • Nazim Sadykhov empathized with Viacheslav Borshchev by majority decision; light weight

“Early” Prelims

  • Jared Gordon TKO1 Mark Madsen; light weight
  • John Castaneda DU3 Kang Kyung-ho; peso gallo
  • Joshua Van DU3 Kevin Borjas; Featherweight
  • Jamall Emmers KO1 Dennis Buzukja; featherweight

Where to watch UFC 295: Prochazka vs. Pereira and Pavlovich vs. Aspinall? TV channel and streaming

The main card of UFC 295 was available on USA through the subscription to ESPN+ with a pay-per-view. The previous fights could be seen live on ESPN News.

Meanwhile, in Mexico y Argentina The entire event could be followed through Star+ by streaming. In Argentina, Fox Sports 2 broadcast the preliminary fights on TV and in Mexico the entire event could be seen on Fox Sports Premiumwhile Fox Sports issued the preliminary fights. In Spain, the app Eurosport -by streaming- was the means to continue the evening, in addition to UFC Fight Pass.

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