UFC Vegas 22 was a card with many stories. Husband and Wife duo JP and Cheyanne Buys became just the second-ever married couple to fight on the same card. The surging Georgian prospect Roman Dolidze suffered his first professional loss against gritty veteran Trevor Giles. Other young up-and-comers continued their climb towards stardom, such as Grant Dawson, Tai Tuivasa and, Adrian Yanez.
After a night such as that, we could be here forever talking about the impact of the card, and results, for everyone involved. So, we’ll just narrow down the takeaways, and present five amazing takeaways from UFC Vegas 22. Stick around until the end for all the official results as well!
UFC Vegas 22 Takeaways
1. Adrian Yanez Makes it Two Sensational Performances in a Row!
Yanez (13-3, 2-0 UFC) is really coming off of three impressive performances, however, the first one comes from his stint on Dana White’s Contender Series so we can’t really count it as a “UFC” fight, as DWCS is essentially a show/league of its own.
Fighting out of Metro Fight Club and Houston, Texas, this 27-year-old killer is leaving bodies behind in his run thru the bantamweight division roster. Currently riding a six-fight win streak, made up of five KO/TKO’s and a singular decision victory, Yanez is looking like a future star.
At UFC Vegas 12, Yanez made his UFC debut against Victor Rodriguez and made short work of the man. Dispatching him 2:46 into round one via head kick KO. Coming into UFC Vegas 22, Yanez was met with his most serious matchup yet in Gustavo Lopez.
Fighting a very technical and precise fight, Yanez really kept his cool and focused on touching Lopez with his deadly accurate and powerful strikes. Lopez would hang in until the third round, but Yanez would land a devastating counter-right 0:27 into the third to claim the victory. Proving once again, that Yanez really has what it takes to survive and thrive in this chaotic environment we call the UFC.
2. Grant Dawson Pulls Off Second Latest Finish in UFC History, and Knows How To Cut a Promo!
Another 27 year old prospect on a big win streak, Grant Dawson made a statement at UFC Vegas 22. In the cage, and on the mic as well!
Riding a seven-fight win streak into UFC Vegas 22, Grant Dawson was taking on Leonardo Santos. A tough Brazilian veteran who’s been competing professionally in MMA since 2002. While largely a pretty competitive fight, Dawson was ahead on two of the judges’ scorecards leading into round three. That wouldn’t matter of course, as a devastating hammer fist from Dawson would put Santos out at 4:59 into round three, literally finishing Santos with one second left in the fight, earning Dawson the second latest finish in UFC History behind BJ Penn who finished Sean Sherk at the 5:00 mark at UFC 84.
As if that wasn’t impressive enough, Dawson would go on to deliver one hell of a promo during his post-fight interview:
3. Tai Tuivasa: A Tale of Two Shoey’s
While paying homage to Charles Dickens and his classic: A Tale of Two Cities, Tai Tuivasa only did one Shoey at UFC Vegas 22, on air at least. However, we will also be covering the first Shoey he did, to tie it all in together.
Before we dive in, you could be asking, “What is a Shoey?”
Well, pretty simple. It’s just like chugging a beer, except you just pour it into a shoe first. We’re pretty sure nobody knows if it has to be a used shoe or not, but Tuivasa has only done Shoey’s (on camera) out of the shoes people were wearing at the time so it seems that’s an important ingredient to create the “Shoey”.
Tai Tuivasa (12-3, 4-3 UFC) last did a Shoey on camera after his stunning victory over Stefan Struve at UFC 254. An event held on Yas Island, in Abu Dhabi. This was probably the most important victory in Tuivasa’s career, as leading into the Struve fight, he was on a three-fight skid. Getting back into the win column with a victory over a treasured veteran like Struve, Tuivasa celebrated with a Shoey, of course. Just like the classic Tale of Two Cities, a Tale of Two Shoey’s would conclude in a different land.
At UFC Vegas 22, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Tai Tuivasa would finish another fight via first-round knockout. This time, instead of Struve, it was Harry Hunsucker, a former DWCS alum who was making his UFC debut against Tuivasa. Tuivasa gave Hunsucker quite the welcome with a devastating overhand right that triggered the fight-ending sequence. What did Tuivasa do afterward? A Shoey of course, with beer provided by Megan Olivi and the shoe off of one of the producers. Legendary, right?
4. Max Griffin Brings the Pain
Griffin (17-8, 5-6 UFC) has struggled so far in his UFC career, but with an impressive knockout over Song Kenan at UFC Vegas 22, he’s now riding a two fight win streak via KO/TKO.
Living up to his nickname of “Pain”, Griffin brought just that. Needing just 2:20 to finish the fight. While Song utilized his jab beautifully, it wouldn’t be enough to slow Griffin and his power down. With a three piece combo that would’ve made Jorge Masvidal proud, Griffin would end with a right hand that put Song out.
5. Did Kevin Holland Crack Under the Pressure?
Now, we’re big-time Holland fans here at OTH, but this is an opinion voiced by Dana White that’s worth discussing.
Speaking to Yahoo! Sports, Dana White would go on record to say:
“I think that (Holland’s actions in the cage) was a mental breakdown… I don’t know what he was doing. I think he might not have been able to handle the pressure (of headlining UFC Vegas 22) and just broke down mentally. I haven’t seen anything like that.”
Dana was commenting on Holland’s actions during the fight, where the superstar in the making was seemingly accepting his spot in bad positions such as bottom guard and just choosing to trash talk Brunson instead of trying to improve his position. At the end of the fight, Holland even walked away as the 10-second remaining claps went off. Basically avoiding the fight, and conceding defeat, in the eyes of many. Holland went on in the post-fight press conference to say he’s considering a move down to the welterweight division and would welcome the discipline it would require to pull off.
What are your thoughts on these UFC Vegas 22 takeaways, and Kevin Holland’s actions? To many, it seems as if he fought a great fight, but maybe could tone down the talking a bit in situations where action is needed instead. Drop your opinions in the comments below!
UFC Vegas 22 Results
Derek Brunson def. Kevin Holland via UD (49-45, 49-46 x2)
Max Griffin def. Song Kenan via first-round KO (2:20)
Montserrat Ruiz def. Cheyanne Buys via unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 29-27)
Adrian Yanez def. Gustavo Lopez via third-round KO (0:27)
Tai Tuivasa def. Harry Hunsucker via first-round TKO (0:49)
Macy Chiasson def. Marion Reneau via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Grant Dawson def. Leonardo Santos via third-round TKO (4:59)
Trevin Giles def. Roman Dolidze via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Montel Jackson def. Jesse Strader via first-round TKO (1:58)
Bruno Silva def. JP Buys via second-round TKO (2:56)
What’s your favorite fight off of UFC Vegas 22? Leave your thoughts down below in the comments!
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