Vinicius de Oliveira retained his bantamweight title at UAE Warriors 24 in Abu Dhabi with a dominant win over Zimbabwe’s Sylvester Chipfumbu.
De Oliveira was originally scheduled to fight former UFC title contender Ray Borg but ‘the Tazmexican Devil’ was forced to pull out due to Covid. The Brazilian came into the fight on a five-fight winning streak and made light work of Chipfumbu, locking in the rear naked choke with just 3.43 gone in the opening round.
The Brazilian unleashed a powerful leg kick at the start of the contest and followed up with another to the body. The flamboyant Oliveira, rocking a pair of pink trunks, then tagged Chipfumbu with the calf kick and a big overhand right.
De Oliveira wobbled Chipfumbu with a monster right hand as the EFC champion moved in to land a takedown. The pair quickly found their feet as Chipfumbu bundled his opponent backwards with the teep.
The finishing sequence from de Oliveira was stunning. First came another kick to the lead leg. Then a lovely right-hand counter to a body kick.
A left-right combo to a head kick, followed by three more one-two combinations crumpled Chipfumbu to the canvas. One more punch and a knee followed, before de Oliveira wrapped his opponent up like a boa constrictor to get the tap.
With the win he extends his record to 17-2 and continues his reign as the UAE Warriors bantamweight champion. Next up should be a title defence against Borg while it is back to the drawing board for Chipfumbi who drops to 7-4.
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In the co-main there was a new featherweight champion crowned as Jordan’s Ali Al Qaisi overcame Do Gyeom Lee via unanimous decision. After getting dropped by the UFC following two straight losses, The Jordanian has regained his form.
Al Qaisi produced back-to-back victories to earn himself the title shot in Abu Dhabi and he was too good for the Korean. His record now stands at 11-5 while Lee snaps a two-fight winning streak and slips to 8-4.