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UFC Vegas 21 Takeaways and Results

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Despite the main event of Leon Edwards vs Belal Muhammad ending in anti-climatic fashion with a no contest being declared following an eye poke by Edwards, the rest of the UFC Vegas 21 main card and prelims delivered with drama, action, and underdogs leaving victorious.

UFC Vegas 21 Main Card

Leon Edwards vs Belal Muhammad declared No Contest (Eyepoke) – Round 2 (0:18)
Ryan Spann defeats Misha Cirkunov via TKO – Round 1 (1:11)
Dan Ige defeats Gavin Tucker via KO – Round 1 (0:22)
Davey Grant defeats Jonathan Martinez via KO – Round 2 (3:03)
Eryk Anders vs Darren Stewart declared No Contest (Illegal Knee) – Round 1 (4:37)

UFC Vegas 21 Prelims

Angela Hill defeats Ashley Yoder via unanimous decision – (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Charles Jourdain defeats Marcelo Rojo via TKO – Round 3 (4:31)
Rani Yahya defeats Ray Rodriguez via arm-triangle choke submission – Round 2 (3:09)
Nasrat Haqparast defeats Rafa Garcia via unanimous decision – (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
JJ Aldrich defeats Cortney Casey via split decision – (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Jinh Yu Frey defeats Gloria de Paula via unanimous decision – (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Matthew Semelsberger defeats Jason Witt via KO – Round 1 (0:16)

Leon Edwards Appears To Be Cursed

In what was his first fight in 19 months, having had fight cancellation after fight cancellation for the past year, the bad luck of Edwards appeared once again as his main event against Muhammad was declared a no contest due to an eye poke.

Edwards appeared to be letting loose and finding his rhythm against the tricky Muhammad. That is before a second eye poke of the fight by the Englishman left Muhammad in agony as Herb Dean had no choice but to call off the main event of UFC Vegas 21. Edwards has called for a title shot next despite having not won the fight as he expected, while Muhammad has called for a rematch to take place as soon as possible.

Ryan Spann Bulldozes Through Misha Cirkunov

Misha Cirkunov is known for his quick trips to the octagon having had the 2nd shortest average fight time amongst active UFC fighters heading into the co-main event, and it was no different at UFC Vegas 21 for Cirkunov.

Ryan Spann looked unstoppable as he blazed forward and put the Latvian away in quick fashion, knocking his opponent down once before a second time saw the referee put Cirkunov out of his misery as he stopped the fight following some heavy ground-and-pound.

Dan Ige Back With a Bang

Dan Ige and Gavin Tucker at UFC Vegas 21
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 13: In this handout image provided by UFC, Dan Ige reacts after his knockout victory over Gavin Tucker of Canada in a featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on March 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

22 seconds was all it took for Dan Ige to get back to winning ways as he slept Gavin Tucker with his first connected punch. One clean right hand by Ige was enough to obtain the victory and a 50k bonus as he walked away with a Performance of the Night bonus at UFC Vegas 21. An impressive victory for Ige against the surging Tucker and he will now be looking to fight yet another ranked opponent in his next outing in the octagon.

Never Doubt the Underdog

Davey Grant secured an impressive victory in the main card of UFC Vegas 21 as he knocked out Jonathan Martinez in the 2nd round to make it three wins in a row for the Englishman.

Grant entered the fight as a clear underdog at +250, however, he upset the odds once again as he left the octagon victorious having secured a 2nd round knockout. A vicious left hand by Grant meant he obtained the comeback victory having faced some adversity in the 1st round.

Matheus Nicolau Secures Controversial Victory

The judges scoring were at question yet again in the main card of UFC Vegas 21 as Matheus Nicolau won a split-decision contest over Manel Kape. It looked as if Kape had done enough in the 2nd and 3rd rounds to walk away with his first UFC victory. However, two judges saw it differently, as the former RIZIN champion was left stunned to hear he had lost.

Manel Kape and Matheus Nicolau at UFC Vegas 21
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 13: Matheus Nicolau of Brazil reacts after his split-decision victory over Manel Kape of Angola in a flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on March 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The Portuguese fighter will be hoping it will be third time lucky for him the next time he enters the octagon as he looks to bounce back from yet another defeat. As for Nicolau, he will be happy to walk away as the victor as he extends his winning streak to three with this his biggest win to date.

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Dion Williams is a Combat Sports writer for Overtime Heroics covering mainly UFC but also Bellator and Cage Warriors!