The five-round snoozefest featured few highlights, with Blachowicz the eventual winner via split decision with one point separating each of the cards.
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Despite a damaged right foot, Blachowicz held a narrow lead over his Brazilian opponent throughout the fight.
Both fighters relied on low, sharp kicks as their main form of offence, but the biggest moment of the fight came during the penultimate minute of the final round.
Souza went to take down his Polish opponent, only for Blachowicz to land few crucial punches.
After staggering briefly, Souza regained focus and the stare-off continued until the final bell.
“I feel great that I won the fight, that’s great for me. But I don’t feel this stuff today,” Blachowicz said. “I don’t feel the fight.”
Spectators were clearly upset with the main card fight, heavy boos ringing around the stadium after the final buzzer.
The Athletic’s Shaheen Al-Shatti took aim at the contest, labelling it “an absolutely dreadful affair” and “one of the worst fights of the year”.
That’s a brutal assessment for the main event of the night.
Viewers from home weren’t terribly entertained by the tame bout either.
This fight sucked.
— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) November 17, 2019
This card should have been called UFC: Ambien #UFCSP
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) November 17, 2019
The highlights the UFC tweeted for the main event were the glove touch and the final horn and that’s an accurate assessment of the fight. #UFCSP
— Trent Reinsmith (@TrentReinsmith) November 17, 2019
— MMA Latest (@MMALatestNws) November 17, 2019
— Nick Newell (@NotoriousNewell) November 17, 2019
It’s pretty bad when you are three rounds into your main event and there’s still no highlights posted #UFCSaٌoPaulo
— Amy Kaplan (@PhotoAmy33) November 17, 2019
This fight card was not worth my time. #UFCSaoPaulo
— Flyin’ Brian J (@FlyinBrianJ) November 17, 2019
Blachowicz (25-8) is ranked as the sixth top light heavyweight title contender, while Souza was one of 15 Brazilians on the extensive fight card.
‘INSANITY’: SAVAGE KO FROM TAP OUT KING
Brazillian submission king Charles Oliveira only needed two minutes to claim a quick KO victory against Jared Gordon in the lightweight clash on Sunday.
Second on the list of all-time list of most finishes in the UFC, Oliveira increased his UFC record to 16-8.
Along the way, he’s had just one win that didn’t go the distance — a decision win over Jeremy Stephens in The Ultimate Fighter in 2014.
While his first 13 wins in the UFC were submission wins, the 30-year-old proved that he has what it takes to knock guys out if he needs to as well, claiming a second straight KO victory over Jared Gordon.
In fact, in his 28-8 record in MMA, Oliveira has 26 finishes.
The Brazilian delivered a powerful right-armed jab less than 90 seconds into round one at Fight Night 164 in São Paulo, flooring Gordon.
After controlling the opening round with significant strikes, Oliveira connected with Gordon’s jaw.
The American looked to jump immediately to his feet but stumbled with the referee stepping in to end proceedings.
Oliveira celebrated in typically fashion, gesturing to the crowd, beating his chest and climbing over the octagon’s fencing.
It was the sixth consecutive win for the Brazilian and the UFC took notice of the impressive win.
— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) November 17, 2019
Charles Oliveira has more KO wins in 2019 than submission wins. #UFCSP
— Ben Kiely (@TheJivemaster) November 17, 2019
Slick, slick knockout by Charles Oliveira. The dude is not only dangerous on the ground, but also clearly dangerous on the feet. That’s 6 wins in a row for the Brazilian. #UFCSaoPaulo
— Danny Segura (@dannyseguratv) November 17, 2019
I think Oliveira just guarantee himself 50k #UFCSaoPaulo
— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) November 17, 2019
Oliveira now sits just one stoppage win behind Donald Cerrone for the all-time record.
And his new found knockout power Olivera was handed a performance of the night bonus.
“I came to the UFC to make history,” Oliveira said after the fight. “I never asked for bonuses inside the octagon, I always focused on winning. This week everyone came to me asking if it would be a knockout or a finish. I said it didn’t matter, I just wanted to win.”
UFC SAO PAULO FIGHT CARD
Jan Blachowicz defeated Ronaldo Souza via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47)
Mauricio Rua drew with Paul Craig vs split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-28)
Charles Oliveira defeated Jared Gordon via KO (punch) (R1, 1:26)
Andre Muniz defeated Antonio Arroyo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Wellington Turman defeated Markus Perez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Antonio Arroyo vs Kevin Holland — cancelled
James Krause defeated Sergio Moraes via KO (punch) (R3, 4:19)
Ricardo Ramos defeated Eduardo Garagorri via submission (rear-naked choke) (R1, 3:57)
Francisco Trinaldo defeated Bobby Green via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Randy Brown defeated Warlley Alves via submission (triangle choke) (R2, 1:22)
Douglas Silva de Andrade defeated Renan Barao via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Ariane Lipski defeated Isabella de Padua via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)
Tracy Cortez defeated Vanessa Melo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
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