The UFC 287 event on Saturday saw two stunning finishes in the main card fights as Israel Adesanya knocked out Alex Pereira, and Gilbert Burns sent Jorge Masvidal into retirement.
In the highly anticipated rematch between Adesanya and Pereira, Adesanya emerged victorious with a devastating knockout in the third round. The fight was a close and exciting battle between two of the best middleweights in the world, but Adesanya’s striking proved to be too much for Pereira to handle.
Adesanya, who is the reigning UFC middleweight champion, landed a powerful left hook to the chin of Pereira, sending him crashing to the canvas. The victory was especially sweet for Adesanya, as Pereira was the last fighter to beat him in a kickboxing match before Adesanya transitioned to MMA.
In the co-main event, Burns put on a dominant performance against Masvidal, earning a unanimous decision victory. Masvidal, who had previously hinted at retirement, announced after the fight that he was indeed hanging up his gloves for good.
Burns controlled the fight from start to finish, using his grappling skills to take Masvidal down and neutralize his striking. Masvidal was unable to mount any offense throughout the fight, and Burns cruised to a comfortable decision victory.
The win was a big one for Burns, who had previously suffered a devastating loss to Kamaru Usman in his bid for the UFC welterweight title. With this victory over Masvidal, Burns is back on track and could be in line for another title shot in the near future.
Overall, UFC 287 was an exciting event that delivered two memorable finishes in the main card fights. Adesanya and Burns both proved that they are among the best fighters in the world, and their performances will be talked about for a long time to come.