It’s not often the MMA world gets dueling Bellator and UFC events on the same night, but that was the case this past Saturday.
At Bellator 263, A.J. McKee (18-0 MMA, 18-0 BMMA) took out longtime featherweight champ Patricio Freire (32-5 MMA, 20-5 BMMA) in the final of the featherweight grand prix and became 145-pound champion in the process.
At UFC on ESPN 28, Sean Strickland (24-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) dominated Uriah Hall (17-10 MMA, 10-8 UFC) to move to the next level of middleweight contenders.
But those two headliners weren’t the only ones making moves. What about the big finishes from Cheyanne Buys and Jared Gooden for their first UFC wins? What about Mads Burnell’s win over two-time Bellator title challenger Emmanuel Sanchez, or Usman Nurmagomedov staying unbeaten and living up to the family name?
“Spinning Back Clique” host John Morgan asked this week’s panel of Brian Garcia, Mike Bohn and Nolan King who had breakout performances this past Saturday.
Check out that topic in the video above, and don’t miss the full episode below.