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UFC Vegas 36: Results, Bonuses, and Takeaways

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UFC Vegas 36 may have taken place earlier in the day, but the fights still delivered! Fantastic wars, a lights-out debut, and a potential new title contender emerged. Join us as we discuss the results, bonuses, and give our biggest takeaways from this action-packed event!

UFC Vegas 36 Results

Main Card

  • Derek Brunson defeats Darren Till via Submission – Round 3 (2:13)
  • Tom Aspinall defeats Serghei Spivac via TKO – Round 1 (2:30)
  • Alex Morono defeats David Zawada via Unanimous Decision – (30-27 x3)
  • Khalil Rountree defeats Modestas Bukauskas via TKO – Round 2 (2:30)
  • Paddy Pimblett defeats Luigi Vendramini via TKO – Round 1 (4:25)

Prelims

  • Molly McCann defeats Ji Yeon Kim via Unanimous Decision – (29-28 x3)
  • Jack Shore defeats Liudvik Sholinian via Unanimous Decision – (30-27 x3)
  • Julian Erosa defeats Charles Jourdain via Submission – Round 3 (2:56)
  • Marc-Andre Barriault defeats Dalcha Lungiambula via Unanimous Decision – (30-27, 29-28 x2)

UFC Vegas 36 Bonuses

Fight of the Night – Molly McCann vs. Ji Yeon Kim

Performance Awards – Tom Aspinall (TKO), and Paddy Pimblett (TKO)

UFC Vegas 36 Takeaways

Derek Brunson Continues to Prove the Doubters Wrong

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 04: Derek Brunson reacts after his submission victory over Darren Till of England in their middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 04, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

In the UFC Vegas 36 main event, Derek Brunson may have earned the highest-profile win of his career. This came as a third-round submission over Darren Till, in a fight that was seemingly all Brunson from the start. He was able to implement his patented grappling throughout each round and never gave Till an inch. The lone moment where Till found success was in the third round, but right when Brunson recognized he was in danger, he shot in for the takedown with the submission to follow.

Now riding a five-fight win streak, having not lost since his bout with Israel Adesanya, is it time for Brunson to get his rematch? That may be a stretch considering how convincing Adesanya defeated him in their first fight, however, it does feel that nothing less than a number one contender match should be next for Brunson if the title fight doesn’t come to fruition. 

The career resurgence of Derek Brunson feels very special because, with every fight he enters, he is instantly written off. And every time he has proved the doubters wrong and usually in a convincing fashion. This win over Darren Till is no different and as a result, has set Brunson up in the best position of his career. 

Is it Time to Consider Tom Aspinall an Elite Heavyweight?

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 04: (L-R) Tom Aspinall of England battles Serghei Spivak of the Ukraine in their welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 04, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Tom Aspinall has now had four fights in the UFC and all have ended by way of finish. His UFC Vegas 36 victim was that of Serghei Spivac, who was riding a three-fight win streak coming into this matchup. However, Aspinall took control early and showed his high-level striking was simply too much to handle and got the TKO finish in the first round.

Having such a quick rise in a division that is not as deep as others, is it time to consider Tom Aspinall in the elite of the heavyweight roster? Yes, his opponents have not been the biggest names, but they have steadily improved with each bout. Aspinall now holds a win over former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski and his first ranked win against the aforementioned Spivac.

Come Tuesday, Aspinall could find himself right on the cusp, if not launched into the top ten of the heavyweight rankings. This of course means that the list of potential opponents is beginning to shrink and the matchups will only continue to get stronger. While it may be too early to say, Tom Aspinall very well could possess the skillset to become the first-ever heavyweight champion to hale from England. 

The Baddy” Shows What All the Hype is About

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 04: Paddy Pimblett of England reacts after knocking out Luigi Vendramini of Brazil in their lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 04, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Former Cage Warriors champion, Paddy Pimblett, made his long-awaited UFC debut at UFC Vegas 36 and wasted no time putting his name on the map. That is because after facing some early adversity in a back and forth barn burner, Pimblett secured the TKO victory with 35 seconds left in the first round against Luigi Vendramini. While there was a scare early, the fact the Pimblett was able to stay so composed under pressure and then bounce back shows what type of fighter has just been added to the lightweight division.

After turning down UFC opportunities in 2016 and 2018, Paddy Pimblett was finally ready to bring his talents to the most elite MMA organization in the world and it paid off. The main card slot during a prime time card for the United Kingdom, and to win in such amazing fashion. Wow. You can’t script a UFC debut like this one.

Pimblett wasted no time in his post-fight interview either, letting the whole roster know he is here to take over and become the new “cash cow” of the UFC. After a debut like this one, paired with his elite, well-rounded skill set, and superstar-like personality, the future seems very bright for the Liverpool native. Whatever comes next for Pimblett is sure to be one of the most anticipated fights on whatever card he will have the pleasure of gracing, that is certain.

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Dominic Sallee is a Combat Sports writer. He focuses primarily on the UFC, with plans to venture out with pieces from other MMA organizations in the future. Along with writing, Dominic is also the Co-Host of the Below Average Joe's MMA Podcast, which produces 2-3 new episodes per week about all things in the MMA community!