Islam Makhachev didn’t leave much room for controversy.
The No. 4 lightweight in MMA Fighting’s Global Rankings needed less than four minutes to take veteran Bobby Green to the canvas and ground-and-pound his way to victory in the main event of UFC Vegas 49 on Saturday. With the win, Makhachev has now knocked off 10 straight opponents and has all but guaranteed himself a future title shot.
While Green came in with a ton of respect for even taking this fight on less than two weeks’ notice as a replacement for Beneil Dariush, all that anyone will be talking about after tonight is Makhachev putting on another dominant performance.
There was plenty of other noteworthy action on tonight’s card, so check out what the pros had to say about the main event as well as Wellington Turman’s stunning submission of Misha Cirkunov, Priscila Cachoeira and Ji Yeon Kim putting on a “Fight of the Year” candidate, Arman Tsarukyan emerging as one to watch at 155 pounds, and more.
Respect to Bobby for taking the fight Islam is a monster he’s next for the title— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) February 27, 2022
Early stop but it is what it is, Islam is a monster #UFCVegas49— Terrance McKinney (@twrecks155) February 27, 2022
I don’t think Bobby was getting out but damn give him a chance ref! Can’t take away from Islam though he’s next champ probably— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) February 27, 2022
That's a bad boy!!!— Jamahal Hill (@JamahalH) February 27, 2022
Islam is the best guy I ever rolled with and that’s including Adcc and Bjj world champions— Dan “50k” Ige (@Dynamitedan808) February 27, 2022
Summary : Good effort by Bobby, Islam ain’t no joke !!!— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) February 27, 2022
Perfect arm bar— C H T O V E R A (@chitoveraUFC) February 27, 2022
Oh shoot. Misha just got a little complacent in the guard and got armbarred. I know that feeling #UFCVegas49— Sarah Kaufman (@mmasarah) February 27, 2022
Damn. Nasty armbar. Was pulling for Cirkunov #UFCVegas49— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) February 27, 2022
Proper head placement can help make your ground and pound or it can help break your arm if your off by a bit. Wellington capitalized off of that Cirkunov mistake well.— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) February 27, 2022
Wow what a fight!!! I have Kim winning but those elbows really started finding their mark. Great work ladies #UFCVegas49— Sarah Kaufman (@mmasarah) February 27, 2022
This fight is so fun!!!— Lauren Murphy (@LaurenMurphyMMA) February 27, 2022
Kim and Cachoeira are cracking!!!! ☄️
These girls are swangin and bangin! So much fun!! #UFCVegas49— PEARL GONZALEZ (@PearlGonzalez) February 27, 2022
Standing ovation for these ladies! WOW! #UFCVegas49— PEARL GONZALEZ (@PearlGonzalez) February 27, 2022
What a battle!!!— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) February 27, 2022
Cachoeira is a savage! Forces you into a fire fight no matter what game plan you had in mind. I’m pulling for Kim 29-28! #UFCVegas49— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) February 27, 2022
Thought Kim won that one— Kai Kamaka III (@kaiboikamaka) February 27, 2022
I don’t often jump on the “robbed” bandwagon because close fights are close. But that was a robbery. Kim won that fight. #UFCVegas49— Shayna Baszler (@QoSBaszler) February 27, 2022
ROBBERY!!! She got beat up like a punching bag for 2.5 rounds.... yes she marched forward... into shots. Idk... how'd yall score that one? #UFCVegas49— Corey 'Overtime' Anderson (@CoreyA_MMA) February 27, 2022
Arman Tsarukyan vs Michael Chandler…who wins?— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) February 27, 2022
Forget the cut man, get the man a blood bag.— Amanda “ABC” Brundage (@ABCnation115) February 27, 2022
Alvarez looked very impressive against Moises and here is Tsarykyan showing that there’s levels in this stacked Lightweight division! Wow! Domination! #UFCVegas49— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) February 27, 2022
The judges are only there to break your heart. #UFCVegas49— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) February 27, 2022
All you 155 pounders you guys watch for his kid! #Mckinney— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) February 26, 2022