UFC Vegas 32 Winners & Losers
UFC Vegas 32 produced a highly entertaining card with a fantastic main event, several memorable fights, and a plethora of finishes. Meaning several talents on the card had nights to remember, and others suffered defeats they will look back on with frustration in the months ahead. Here are the key UFC Vegas 32 winners and losers.
UFC Vegas winner: TJ Dillashaw
The UFC Vegas 32 main event was a highly competitive battle that showcased mixed martial arts at its tactical best. Whether you agree with the judges awarding TJ Dillashaw a split-decision victory or not, there is no denying what he did last night was seriously impressive. To jump back into the sport after two years away, and go toe-to-toe with one of the most dangerous and skilled fighters in the division, in second-ranked Cory Sandhagen, needs to be respected.
In one fell swoop, the 35-year-old showed he’s still an elite bantamweight in 2021, quieted those claiming his previous success was chemically enhanced, and jumped to the front of the 135-pound contender line. That’s one hell of a night.
UFC Vegas 32 winner & loser: Cory Sandhagen
Although Cory Sandhagen will have another loss on his record after UFC Vegas 32, his place in the division remains unchanged. Dillashaw will receive a ranking next week, and it will knock him down a peg, but the Colorado native is still one of the brightest young talents in the division at just 29-years-old. He was barely outpointed by a former two-time division champion and hurt Dillashaw at times like few others have. Sure, he’s further out of the title picture today than he was yesterday, but Sandhagen still increased his stock in the sport and maintained his spot as one of the elite challenges in the UFC’s bantamweight division.
UFC Vegas 32 loser: Kyler Phillips
Last night was a difficult learning experience for Kyler Phillips. The 26-year-old lightweight has a world of upside, and showed fans some areas of his skillset that they did not know about before UFC Vegas 32. However, he had a classic moment where inexperience got the best of him. After an absolutely dominant round one where he looked better in everyway, Phillips allowed Raulian Paiva back into the fight and it cost him.
The former flyweight showed UFC fans his heart, as he out worked and out toughed Phillips for the final 10 minutes en route to a majority decision win. “Matrix” is still a lightweight with a world of potential, but yesterday was a night he will look back on in regret.
UFC Vegas 32 winner: Adrian Yanez
The battle of Dr. Pepper versus Reese’s was a scrap a lot of fans and media were excited about. And Adrian Yanez and Randy Costa delivered on the promise. The fight was a display of how pre-fight planning, and in-fight adjustments can lead to fascinating switches in momentum. After facing minimal challenges in his first two Octagon appearances, Costa gave Yanez all he could handle and then some in the pairs first round. Bloodying his nose and putting a mouse under the Texans eye.
However, the lover of Dr. Pepper showed the stuff of top-level talent in making changes during the fight, and completely shifting the momentum to his side in earning a third straight knockout victory. He is also the first bantamweight to ever win by knockout in his first three UFC fights. Yanez left UFC Vegas 32 as the top prospect in all of the UFC’s 135-pound division.
UFC Vegas 32 winner: Maycee Barber
Maycee Barber really needed a victory at UFC Vegas 32. A third straight loss would have been devastating to her career. She would have gone from an early 20’s rising UFC star with all the makings of a title contender, to a fighter that could be one loss away from being outside the promotion, if she lost a third straight.
Luckily for her, she avoided all of that. Agree with the decision or not — UFC analyst and former two-division champion Daniel Cormier did so on-air — in the end “The Future” has another win on her record, and you can’t deny she put in the work late in the fight to make it closer than it seemed early on. It was a must-win scenario and Barber got the job done. Respect.Join the discussion on this topic...