UFC Vegas 86 went down last night (Sat., Feb. 10, 2024) inside UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, with Jack Hermansson defeating Joe Pyfer via unanimous decision. In the co-main event, Dan Ige scored an emphatic knockout win over Andre Fili (see it again here), while Gregory Rodrigues earned a third round technical knockout stoppage win over long-time veteran, Brad Tavares (highlights).
Biggest Winner: Jack Hermansson
Pyfer may be the shiny new toy fight fans are excited about, but Hermansson demonstrated the value of veteran experience. Pyfer did have some shining moments, but Hermansson did enough to prevent being a stepping stone for the rising up-and-comer. It was a good bounce back win for “Joker” after getting calf-slicered by Roman Dolidze in his previous outing (watch it). The win won’t necessarily put him in the championship picture, but it’s a good victory nonetheless. Now, Hermansson will try to build off this momentum as he tries to earn his first back-to-back wins inside the Octagon in five years going into his next 185-pound bout.
Runner Up: Dan Ige
Ige returned to his head-hunting ways last night, earning a monstrous first round technical knockout win over Andre Fili and banking a fourth career “Performance of the Night” award. With the win, Ige bounced back nicely from his loss to Bryce Mitchell, reminding the rest of the Featherweight division that he’s still a player to be taken very seriously. Indeed, “50K” is 3-1 in his last four fights and moves him that much closer to a Top 10 rankings. If Ige can build off this loss and mirror his old winning ways from earlier in his UFC career, a Top 5 spot is very realistic.
Biggest Loser: Fernie Garcia
Coming into the event, Garcia was in desperate need of a win after losing his first three fights inside the Octagon. It was a pretty eyebrow-raising skid since prior to his funk he had won five straight, which includes a technical knockout win on Contender Series, which earned him his spot on UFC’s roster. But, instead of turning things around last night, Garcia dug himself a deeper hole after he was stopped by UFC newcomer, Hyder Amil, via second round technical knockout (watch highlights). With four straight defeats, there is a pretty good chance that we’ve seen the last of Garcia inside the Octagon.
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