After several years away, the UFC returned to Toronto Saturday night for UFC 297. And we have all your latest UFC results right here from the epic event inside Scotiabank Arena.
Sean Strickland and Dricus du Plessis put on a war for fight fans over the middleweight title. Following five rounds of action, du Plessis was declared the winner.
Du Plessis claimed two scorecards, 48-47, with Strickland earning the other by the same numbers.
In his first title defense, Strickland gained control of the contest early before du Plessis put together a strong closing run, scoring on six takedowns through the first 20 minutes.
Wrestling, along with an advantage in leg kicks, allowed du Plessis to work the body of Strickland, who held a significant advantage in strikes landed and thrown.
The pre-fight build between Strickland and du Plessis was all over the place. It started with a brawl at UFC 296 in the crowd and carried over into this past week.
UFC Results: Raquel Pennington Becomes Champion
Raquel Pennington added UFC champion to her resume, scoring a decision victory over Mayra Bueno Silva in the co-main event. Pennington captured the vacant bantamweight belt, which had been put up for grabs following the retirement of Amanda Nunes.
The 35-year-old from Colorado has won six consecutive fights since a 2020 loss to former champion Holly Holm. She swept the scorecards vs. Silva.
Counted out by many, veteran Neil Magny answered the call vs. Mike Malott. Magny picked up a third round TKO, netting him his 22nd victory inside the Octagon.
Mangy is now tied for third on the UFC’s all-time list for wins, improving to 29-11 overall. Demian Maia and Charles Oliveira join him with Andrei Arlovski and Donald Cerrone tied for second with 23. Jim Miller remains ahead of the pack with 26 wins.
In a middleweight affair, Chris Curtis got by Marc-Andre Barriault, claiming a split decision. Two judges ruled in favor of Curtis, 30-27, while the other gave it to Barrault, 29-28.
Movsar Evloev kicked off the main card with a decision win over Arnold Allen. Evloev kept his unbeaten record intact, sweeping the scorecards by scores of 29-28.
Since joining the UFC in 2019, he has won each of his eight fights by decision.
UFC Results: Key Win For Garrett Armfield
Garrett Armfield scored a decision victory over Brad Katona in the prelim main event live on ESPN. The bantamweight battle was one of three bouts to go to the scorecards, as Armfield earned matching scores of 29-28.
Sean Woodson and Ramon Taveras each picked up split decisions. Woodson downed Charles Jourdain at featherweight while Taveras earned his win vs. Serhly Sidey.
Gillian Robertson kicked off the televised fights with a second round TKO of Polyana Viana at strawweight.
The three early prelim bouts all ended via submission. Sam Patterson capped the action on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass off with a first round choke on Yohan Lainesse.
Jasmine Jasudavicius locked in an anaconda choke on Priscila Cachoeira and Jimmy Flick finished Malcolm Gordon with an arm-triangle choke.
The UFC takes a weekend off, returning February 3 with an event from the Apex in Las Vegas. The main event will see middleweights Roman Dolidze and Nassourdine Iamvov battle while Renato Moicano takes on Drew Dober in another featured fight.
Randy Brown vs. Muslim Salikhov, Aliaskhab Khizriev vs. Makhmud Muradov, Gilbert Urbina vs. Charles Radtke and Viviane Araujo vs. Natalia Silva round out the ESPN+ main card.
UFC 297 Results
Dricus du Plessis def. Sean Strickland via split decision to become middleweight champion
Raquel Pennington def. Mayra Bueno Silva via unanimous decision to become women’s bantamweight champion
Neil Magny def. Mike Malott via TKO (strikes) at 4:45 of Round 3
Chris Curtis def. Marc-Andre Barriault via split decision
Movsar Evloev def. Arnold Allen via unanimous decision
Garrett Armfield def. Brad Katona via unanimous decision
Sean Woodson def. Charles Jourdain via split decision
Ramon Taveras def. Serhiy Sidey via split decision
Gillian Robertson def. Polyana Viana via TKO (strikes) at 3:12 of Round 2
Sam Patterson def. Yohan Lainesse via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:03 of Round 1
Jasmine Jasudavicius def. Priscila Cachoeira via submission (anaconda choke) at 4:21 of Round 3
Jimmy Flick def. Malcolm Gordon via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 1:17 of Round 1