UFC 274 took place in the valley of the sun, Phoenix, Arizona on Sunday with plenty of key moments to look back on.
Split decisions, a brutal front kick knock out and a crazy main event.
Our UFC 274 – Top 5 Takeaways can be found below.
5. Brandon Royval Is A Contender At Flyweight
Brandon Royval announced himself a genuine contender in the UFC Flyweight division with a submission win over Matt Schnell on the prelims.
The Colorado native locked in a tight guillotine in the first round to take his winning streak to two now.
He has a win over kiwi Flyweight Kai Kara-France and will surely demand a high ranked opponent now.
BRANDON ROYVAL GETS THE TAP
one of the most underrated dudes in the entire UFC. pic.twitter.com/Rf4nrZxnmX
— Spinnin Backfist (@SpinninBackfist) May 8, 2022
4. Don’t Leave It To The Judges
Three of the five on the main card fights ended in a split decision and while the Neds punters were happy with our ‘Split Decision Payment’ promotion, three fighters went away feeling hard done by.
Randy Brown won a tight decision over Khoas Williams, Ovince Saint Preux won a split decision over Shogun Rua and in the possibly the most boring fight in UFC history, Rose Namajunas lost her belt via a split decision to Carla Esparza.
It’s easy to say from the outside looking in but leaving the fight in the judges hands is a dangerous thin to do.
For the SECOND time in as many fights we have paid out on BOTH fighters.
Even Shogun is excited for the punters!#UFC274 pic.twitter.com/Yws7CY5gFg
— Neds (@NedsAus) May 8, 2022
3. Michael Chandler Deserves Another Title Shot
Here me out.
He had Charles Oliveira in big trouble when he first fought for the title and put on one of the fights of the year when losing a decision against Justin Gaethje.
And then he did what he did at UFC 274.
It was the most brutal front kick we have seen since Lyoto Machida knocked out Vitor Belfort when he finished Tony Ferguson in the second round in Phoenix.
A fight with Dustin Poirier makes sense to decide the number one contender spot but I wouldn’t be upset if Chandler got the rematch on the back of that outstanding performance.
Holy shit Michael Chandler put Tony Ferguson’s lights out 😰#UFC274 pic.twitter.com/E6p3kqQejz
— Hollywood (@ScottHuego) May 8, 2022
2. The UFC Women’s Strawweight Should Be Vacant
Fans and commentators alike were in disbelief after the absolute snoozefest that was the co-main event at UFC 274.
Both Rose Namajunas and Carla Esparza failed to engage for the entire five round fight, leaving the audience and viewers struggling to stay awake.
Namajunas landed 38 strikes to Esparza’s 30 but lost her belt via a split decision that would have been near impossible to score.
Maybe the belt should have been kept in the cupboard.
This is, of course, tongue in cheek.
Carla Esparza has forged an incredible career and she deserves everything that comes her way.
That fight was a stinker though.
Let us never talk about that fight again.#UFC274 pic.twitter.com/Oyr5yYoD7w
— Neds (@NedsAus) May 8, 2022
1. Charles Oliveira Is The Number One Contender In The Lightweight Division
In an extremely weird post fight embrace after the main event, UFC President Dana White told Charles Oliveira that he was the ‘number one contender’.
Yeah, no kidding Dana.
Oliveira failed to make weight before his second title defence under controversial circumstances with unproven issues with the scales.
Just like in his fight with Michael Chandler, he was knocked down early in the fight against Justin Gaethje but he landed a clean shot of his own and dragged his opponent into the deep water on the canvas where he got the 21st submission of his career.
The most of anyone in UFC history.
So who fights for the vacant UFC Lightweight title.
Well as the boss pointed out, Charles Oliveira will be one.
Islam Makhachev? Beneil Dariush? Michael Chandler? Dare I say Conor McGregor?
CHARLES OLIVEIRA IS JUST NEXT LEVEL!
He submits Justin Gaethje in the first…but he’s now the no. 1️⃣ contender! #UFC274 pic.twitter.com/aTYHqf8Nqa
— UFC_AUSNZ (@UFC_AUSNZ) May 8, 2022