Oliveira Owns UFC 289

Amanda Nunes pretty much whooped-up on Irene Aldana to retain her women’s bantamweight title and then retired in the cage, which was a nice moment. Canadian fighters went undefeated in front of their home countrymen in Vancouver, which obviously was a feel-good story. But you know who really stamped their name on UFC 289 on Saturday? Charles Oliveira, that’s who.

Oliveira went out there and spoiled Beneil Dariush’s big chance at lightweight contendership by dominating on the ground and on the feet en route to a first-round victory — and he did so while being hailed as a hero by the Canadian fans. This seemed like the kind of performance that could well net him a rematch with Islam Makhachev and also one that confirmed he’s a pretty big star for the UFC.

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