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UFC 271: Adesanya vs Whittaker 2 Results

Live Results, Winner Interviews And More From UFC 271: Adesanya vs Whittaker 2, Live From The Toyota Center in Houston, Texas

UFC returned to Houston for the first time this year with a middleweight title fight rematch between Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker. In the co-main event, heavyweight finishers Derrick Lewis and Tai Tuivasas collided in a key heavyweight showdown.

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UFC 271: Adesanya vs Whittaker 2 Results

Main Event: Israel Adesanya vs Robert Whittaker

Israel Adesanya of Nigeria punches Robert Whittaker of Australia in their UFC middleweight championship fight during the UFC 271 event at Toyota Center on February 12, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

Israel Adesanya of Nigeria punches Robert Whittaker of Australia in their UFC middleweight championship fight during the UFC 271 event at Toyota Center on February 12, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)


UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya had a tougher go of it the second time around with former titleholder Robert Whittaker in the UFC 271 main event at Toyota Center in Houston, but the result was the same, with Adesanya earning his fourth successful title defense via unanimous decision.

Scores were 48-47 twice and 49-46 for Adesanya, now 22-1. Whittaker, who lost his title to Adesanya in 2019, falls to 24-6.

After drilling Whittaker with a series of leg kicks, Adesanya scored with the first big shot of the fight  with under two minutes to go - a straight left that dropped his foe to the mat. Whittaker rose immediately and looked for a takedown, but was turned away twice down the stretch of the round.

Whittaker started having some success with his striking to start round two, and he added a takedown just before the midway point that put him back in the fight, even though Adesanya rose quickly and fought his way out of his foe’s clutches, allowing him to regain control.

Israel Adesanya Post-Fight Interview | UFC 271
Israel Adesanya Post-Fight Interview | UFC 271
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The two 185-pound stars fought on fairly even terms early in round three, with Whittaker breaking the stalemate with a takedown with two minutes left. Adesanya again rose quickly and got busier, trying to make sure he didn’t lose the round to the challenger.

In the second minute of round four, Whittaker got another takedown and then took Adesanya’s back as the two rose. He made a rear naked choke attempt, but Adesanya defended well and the two separated, leading to more of the same restrained but effective striking by the champion.

Israel Adesanya Octagon Interview | UFC 271: Adesanya vs Whittaker 2
Israel Adesanya Octagon Interview | UFC 271: Adesanya vs Whittaker 2
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The fifth was Whittaker’s most effective of the fight as he implemented his grappling attack again, and while it didn’t ignite the crowd, it was a smart strategy from “The Reaper,” even though it didn’t secure a victory for him.

Official Result - Israel Adesanya def. Robert Whittaker via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)

Co-Main Event: Derrick Lewis vs Tai Tuivasa

Tai Tuivasa of Australia celebrates his KO win over Derrick Lewis at UFC 271: Adesanya vs Whittaker 2
Tai Tuivasa of Australia celebrates his KO win over Derrick Lewis at UFC 271: Adesanya vs Whittaker 2

Tai Tuivasa and Derrick Lewis lived up to the hype in their co-main event, with Tuivasa stopping Houston’s Lewis in the second round in a clash of heavyweight knockout artists.

The early part of the fight was spent in the clinch against the fence until referee Dan Miragliotta separated the two when the action stalled. A brief exchange led to another clinch punctuated by a takedown from Lewis. While there, Lewis landed several hard shots, but Tuivasa took them and fired back as the two rose and went back to the clinch. A Lewis takedown followed with a minute left, but the two rose quickly, staying in the clinch until the horn.

Tai Tuivasa Post-Fight Interview | UFC 271
Tai Tuivasa Post-Fight Interview | UFC 271
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An uppercut by Lewis rattled Tuivasa in the opening minute of round two, and after a brief clinch, the two went swangin’ and bangin’, with a Tuivasa elbow upstairs putting Lewis down and out, with the official time of Dan Miragliotta’s stoppage being 1:40 of the second stanza.

With the win, the No.11-ranked Tuivasa moves to 15-3. The No.3-ranked Lewis falls to 26-9, 1 NC

Official Result - Tai Tuivasa def. Derrick Lewis via KO at 1:40 of the second round. | Official Scorecards

Jared Cannonier vs Derek Brunson

Jared Cannonier elbows Derek Brunson in their middleweight bout at UFC 271: Adesanya vs Whittaker 2
Jared Cannonier elbows Derek Brunson in their middleweight bout at UFC 271: Adesanya vs Whittaker 2

Jared Cannonier made his case for a shot at the middleweight title with an emphatic second-round knockout of Derek Brunson.

Brunson went all-in for the takedown from the start, and he got his with in the second minute of the fight, but Cannonier got up with little difficulty. There was another one with 90 seconds to go, and while he didn’t do much with it, it was a clear Brunson round, one punctuated by a knockdown and rear naked choke attempt from the North Carolina in the closing seconds.

Jared Cannonier Octagon Interview | UFC 271: Adesanya vs Whittaker 2
Jared Cannonier Octagon Interview | UFC 271: Adesanya vs Whittaker 2
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As round two began, Brunson easily dumped Cannonier to the mat again, but when the Arizonan rose, he rocked Brunson and had him on the defensive. Brunson seemed to have some trouble getting his legs back under him, and Cannonier capitalized, eventually hurting Brunson again with a minute to go. Brunson tried to shake the cobwebs loose, but once the fight hit the mat, a flurry of thudding ground strikes brought in referee Kerry Hatley to stop the fight at 4:29 of the second round.

WIth the win, the No.3-ranked Cannonier moves to 15-5. The No.4-ranked Brunson falls to 23-8.

Official Result - Jared Cannonier def. Derek Brunson via TKO (strikes) at 4:29 of the second round. | Official Scorecards

Alexander Hernandez vs Renato Moicano

Renato Moicano of Brazil submits Alexander Hernandez in their lightweight fight during the UFC 271 event at Toyota Center on February 12, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

Renato Moicano of Brazil submits Alexander Hernandez in their lightweight fight during the UFC 271 event at Toyota Center on February 12, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

Renato Moicano of Brazil submits Alexander Hernandez in their lightweight fight during the UFC 271 event at Toyota Center on February 12, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

In the main card opener, Renato Moicano submitted Alexander Hernandez in the second round of their lightweight bout.

The striking exchanges were crisp on both sides as the bout began, with each fighter having his moments before Moicano (16-4-1) put momentum on his side with a takedown midway through the round. Hernandez stayed busy and scrambled back to his feet, pushing the pace with his striking in the latter stages of the frame.

Renato Moicano Post-Fight Interview | UFC 271
Renato Moicano Post-Fight Interview | UFC 271
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A right hand by Moicano rocked Hernandez (13-5) early in round two, and while it looked like some follow-up shots would end it, it was the rear naked choke that forced a tap out at 1:23 of the frame.

Official Result - Renato Moicano def. Alexander Hernandez via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:23 of the second round | Official Scorecards

Bobby Green vs Nasrat Haqparast

Bobby Green celebrates after UFC 271: Adesanya vs Whittaker 2
Bobby Green celebrates after UFC 271: Adesanya vs Whittaker 2

Veteran lightweight standout Bobby Green put on a boxing clinic in his bout with Nasrat Haqparast, winning a three-round unanimous decision over the gutsy up and comer.

All three judges saw it 30-27 for Green, now 29-12-1. Haqparast falls to 13-5.

An exchange of eye pokes marked the most significant action of the first two minutes, drawing a stern warning to both fighters from referee Mike Beltran. What followed was a war of nerves at close range, with Green picking his shots beautifully as the bloodied Haqparast tried to get into a rhythm, albeit unsuccessfully.

Bobby Green Post-Fight Interview | UFC 271
Bobby Green Post-Fight Interview | UFC 271
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A busier Haqparast got closer with his strikes in round two, but one shot at a time wasn’t getting the job done against Green, who was using his veteran tool box to remain the fighter in control.

And while the second stanza was promising for Haqparast, in the third, it was all Green again, as he wrapped up another victory.

Official Result - Bobby Green def. Nasrat Haqparast via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) | Official Scorecards

UFC 271: Adesanya vs Whittaker 2 Prelims

Andrei Arlovski vs Jared Vanderaa

Andrei Arlovski of Belarus punches Jared Vanderaa in their heavyweight fight during the UFC 271 event at Toyota Center on February 12, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)
Andrei Arlovski of Belarus punches Jared Vanderaa in their heavyweight fight during the UFC 271 event at Toyota Center on February 12, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

In the featured prelim bout, former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski defeated Jared Vanderaa via split decision.

Scores were 29-28 twice and 28-29 for Arlovski, now 33-20, 2 NC. Vanderaa falls to 12-7.

Arlovski largely controlled the opening round as he set the fight at his pace and kept Vanderaa guessing, but the Californian did get some shots of his own in, letting “The Pit Bull” know that he was still around.

Andrei Arlovski Post-Fight Interview | UFC 271
Andrei Arlovski Post-Fight Interview | UFC 271
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Vanderaa got in some clinch work early in round two as he tried to tire Arlovski out, but once the two separated, it was Arlovski’s right hand dictating the action once more. Vanderaa took the shots well, but he was losing the fight on the scorecards through two frames.

There was little significant action in the third round, but most of what was there came from Vanderaa. It was too little too late on two of the scorecards though, as Arlovski got the nod.

Official Result - Andrei Arlovski  def. Jared Vanderaa via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29) | Official Scorecards

Roxanne Modafferi vs Casey O'Neill

Roxanne Modafferi Octagon Interview | UFC 271: Adesanya vs Whittaker 2
Roxanne Modafferi Octagon Interview | UFC 271: Adesanya vs Whittaker 2
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Roxanne Modafferi didn’t win the final bout of her career, but the women’s MMA pioneer went out fighting before losing a three-round split decision to Casey O’Neill.

“I gave everything I had,” said Modafferi. “It’s time for me to pass the torch to the next generation.”

Scores were 29-28 twice and 28-29 for the No.15-ranked O’Neill, now 9-0. The No.12-ranked Modafferi retires at 39 years old with a 25-21 record.  

The 125-pounders kept it on the feet in the opening round, Modafferi marking up her foe, but the harder blows were landed by O’Neill in a competitive frame. In the second, O’Neill’s output picked up even more and she was starting to get Modafferi in trouble, leading to a late takedown by “The Happy Warrior.”

The third was another example of Modafferi’s toughness and O’Neill’s potential, with the up and comer sticking to the game plan while the veteran refused to wilt. With a minute to go, Modafferi put the fight on the mat, but O’Neill rose quickly, only to be kept locked up until the final horn.

Official Result - Casey O'Neill def. Roxanne Modafferi via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29) | Official Scorecards

Kyler Phillips vs Marcelo Rojo

Kyler Phillips Post-Fight Interview | UFC 271
Kyler Phillips Post-Fight Interview | UFC 271
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Bantamweight up and comer Kyler Phillips turned in a complete performance en route to a third-round submission win over Marcelo Rojo.

Phillips’ combinations were sharp, quick and plentiful as the fight began, and once he got Rojo to the mat in the second half of the frame, he remained in control. With two minutes left, the two rose, but Phillips remained a step ahead as he wrapped up a solid round with another takedown.

Rojo had more success in round two as he dug to the body and head with his punches, but it was Phillips still taking the frame behind a steady offensive output that including vicious calf kicks that bruised the Argentina native up.

Phillips went for the finish early in the third as the fight went to the mat, with a mounted triangle leading to the armbar that forced a tap out at 1:48 of the final frame.

Phillips moves to 10-2 with the win. Rojo falls to 16-9.

Official Result - Kyler Phillips def. Marcelo Rojo via submission (armbar) at 1:48 of round three | Official Scorecards

Carlos Ulberg vs Fabio Cherant

Carlos Ulberg Post-Fight Interview | UFC 271
Carlos Ulberg Post-Fight Interview | UFC 271
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In a fairly uneventful light heavyweight bout, Carlos Ulberg outpointed Fabio Cherant over three rounds.

Scores were 30-27 across the board for Ulberg, now 6-1. Cherant falls to 7-4.

There was little significant action in the opening couple minutes of the fight outside of a kick landed by Ulberg after Cherant complained of a low blow. After a brief break, Cherant was fired up by the foul and landed a hard shot upstairs, but wound up getting taken down. The fighters rose quickly, and it was Ulberg controlling the standup action until a flash knockdown by Cherant just before the horn.

A sharp check hook by Ulberg cut Cherant, but the New Englander didn’t appear too bothered by it, as he stayed in the pocket with his foe. That was good for Ulberg, though, as he calmly picked his shots and piled up points.

THere was more of the same in the third, Ulberg fighting his fight and Cherant not being active enough to give him anything to worry about. And when he did, Ulberg responded with a takedown and some ground control before a final standup sequence.

Official Result - Carlos Ulberg def. Fabio Cherant via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) | Official Scorecard

Mana Martinez vs Ronnie Lawrence

Ronnie Lawrence Post-Fight Interview | UFC 271
Ronnie Lawrence Post-Fight Interview | UFC 271
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Ronnie Lawrence held off a spirited charge from Houston’s Mana Martinez in the final round of their bantamweight bout to win a hard-fought unanimous decision.

Scores were 29-27, 29-27 and 29-28 for Lawrence, now 8-1. Martinez falls to 9-3.

Lawrence’s first takedown attempt in the second minute was a successful one, and while he was able to push Martinez into the fence, “ManaBoi” used it to get upright and separate from his foe. But with 1:35 left, it was Lawrence who took over in the striking department, as he dropped Martinez with a right hand. Martinez recovered quickly, but Lawrence kept him grounded for the rest of the round.

Lawrence floored Martinez again in the opening minute of round two, and another knockdown followed just before the midway point of the frame, adding to his lead in another dominant stanza.

Needing to turn things around in the final round, Martinez nearly pulled it off, dropping Lawrence twice and sinking in an armbar, but Lawrence’s ground work allowed him to clear his head and make it to the end of the frame.

Official Result – Ronnie Lawrence def. Mana Martinez via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28) | Official Scorecards

AJ Dobson vs Jacob Malkoun

Jacob Malkoun of Australia celebrates his win over AJ Dobson at UFC 271: Adesanya vs Whittaker 2.
Jacob Malkoun of Australia celebrates his win over AJ Dobson at UFC 271: Adesanya vs Whittaker 2.

Jacob Malkoun’s wrestling-heavy attack was too much for UFC debutant AJ Dobson, who wound up on the short end of a unanimous decision.

Scores were 29-28 across the board for Malkoun, now 6-1. Dobson falls to 6-1, 1 NC.

Dobson’s hand speed was evident from the start, but after a right hand rattled Malkoun briefly, the Aussie looked to get a takedown. Dobson defended well, though, and he continued to control the standup exchanges. Malkoun did get some good shots in, but the payback for each one was swift and emphatic. “Mamba” did get a takedown with seconds left, though, a confidence builder for sure.

Jacob Malkoun Post-Fight Interview | UFC 271
Jacob Malkoun Post-Fight Interview | UFC 271
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Malkoun kept up the wrestling attack in the second round, and once he was able to ground his foe for an extended period, he let loose with a barrage of strikes that clearly put him back in the fight in a big way.

After opening the third with another takedown, the momentum had swung in Malkoun’s favor, and Dobson had few answers for his opponent, as “Mamba” dominated the rest of the way to pick up the win.

Official Result – Jacob Malkoun def. AJ Dobson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) | Official Scorecards

Douglas Silva de Andrade vs Sergey Morozov

Sergey Morozov of Kazakhstan punches Douglas Silva de Andrade of Brazil in their bantamweight fight during the UFC 271 event at Toyota Center on February 12, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)
Sergey Morozov of Kazakhstan punches Douglas Silva de Andrade of Brazil in their bantamweight fight during the UFC 271 event at Toyota Center on February 12, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

Douglas Silva de Andrade brought the drama in his bantamweight bout with Sergey Morozov, as he battled back from a first round filled with adversity to submit his foe in the second stanza.

Morozov (17-5) rattled Silva with his strikes in the second minute of the fight, and after putting the Brazilian on the deck, he went to work on the mat from the top position. Soon, Morozov’s ground strikes bloodied Silva, and when they got back to their feet, a knee only made matters worse. Silva appeared to weather the storm, but Morozov finished the round with a spinning kick to the body and a takedown.

Douglas Silva de Andrade Post-Fight Interview | UFC 271
Douglas Silva de Andrade Post-Fight Interview | UFC 271
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Silva (28-4, 1 NC) got right back into the fight in the second round, as he rocked Morozov and went after the finish. Morozov shook off the attack and got back to business, but a thumb in Silva’s eye brought a momentary halt to the action. When it resumed, Silva dropped Morozov and while the Kazakhstan native got up immediately, he was holding on for dear life, and Silva continued to pound away, with the fight going to the mat again. This time, Silva got his foe’s back and sunk in a fight-ending rear naked choke. The official time was 3:34 of round two

Official Result – Douglas Silva de Andrade def. Sergey Morozov via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:34 of the second round | Official Scorecards

Jeremiah Wells vs Blood Diamond

Jeremiah Wells submits Mike Diamond of Zimbabwe in their welterweight fight during the UFC 271 event at Toyota Center on February 12, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)
Jeremiah Wells submits Mike Diamond of Zimbabwe in their welterweight fight during the UFC 271 event at Toyota Center on February 12, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

Jeremiah Wells made short work of Blood Diamond in their welterweight bout, submitting the highly touted newcomer in the first round.

Wells (10-2-1) started the fight by running along the perimeter of the Octagon, but he slipped, allowing Diamond (3-1) to lock up with him. Wells recovered quickly and looked for the takedown, which he got in the second minute. He quickly took Diamond’s back and worked for the rear naked choke which he sunk in and finished the fight with at 4:38 of the first round.

Jeremiah Wells Post-Fight Interview | UFC 271
Jeremiah Wells Post-Fight Interview | UFC 271
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Official Result – Jeremiah Wells def. Blood Diamond via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:38 of the first round. | Official Scorecards

William Knight vs Maxim Grishin

Maxim Grishin of Russia punches William Knight in their heavyweight fight during the UFC 271 event at Toyota Center on February 12, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)
Maxim Grishin of Russia punches William Knight in their heavyweight fight during the UFC 271 event at Toyota Center on February 12, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

In the heavyweight opener, Maxim Grishin scored a unanimous decision win over William Knight.

Scores were 30-27 across the board for Grishin, now 32-9-2. Knight, who came in overweight for the light heavyweight bout at 218 pounds, falls to 11-3.

Grishin was the busier of the two as the fight began, pecking away at his foe’s legs with kicks before briefly stunning Knight with a kick upstairs two minutes in. Knight acknowledged the shot but showed little sense of urgency in response, as he only fired off the occasional kick back at the Russian, drawing boos from the crowd.

Maxim Grishin Post-Fight Interview | UFC 271
Maxim Grishin Post-Fight Interview | UFC 271
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Knight was able to close the distance on his taller foe in round two, with a takedown at the three-minute mark being the result. Knight tried to take his opponent’s back, but Grishin worked his way into the top position on the mat, diluting the effect of the takedown. With a little less than a minute to go, the two rose, and it was back to the pattern of Grishin controlling the action from long range.

Knight got a takedown midway through the final round but the combatants didn’t stay upright long. Knight did stay with his grappling attack, though, and it worked well until Grishin let loose with his strikes in the final seconds. 

Official Result – Maxim Grishin def. William Knight via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) | Official Scorecards

UFC 271: Adesanya vs Whittaker 2 took place on Saturday, February 12, 2022, live from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. See the Final ResultsOfficial Scorecards and Who Won Bonuses — and relive all of the action on UFC Fight Pass.