UFC on ESPN 54 results: Manon Fiorot sweeps scorecards against Erin Blanchfield, calls for title shot

Manon Fiorot shut out Erin Blanchfield on the scorecards and now desires a shot on the UFC girls’s flyweight title.

The principle occasion of UFC on ESPN 54, which passed off at Boardwalk Corridor in Atlantic Metropolis, N.J., noticed a girls’s flyweight bout between title hopefuls go the complete distance. Blanchfield (12-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) gave it her finest effort, however couldn’t overcome the takedown protection and proper hand of Fiorot (12-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC), who gained a clear sweep unanimous choice (50-45, 50-45, 50-45).

Fiorot began robust by touchdown sharp strikes. An try to preserve Blanchfield guessing was practically a expensive mistake, nonetheless. Fiorot modified ranges and lifted Blanchfield for a robust slam, however received caught in a guillotine choke. The submission appeared deep for a second, however Fiorot finally escaped, and the rest of the spherical unfolded on the ft.

In Spherical 2, Blanchfield’s first try to get the combat to the bottom on her phrases was practically profitable, however Fiorot reversed her place on the bottom and returned to her ft. Blanchfield was keen to shut the space with strikes, however Fiorot countered effectively with punches and aspect kicks.

Fiorot’s takedown protection continued to shine in Spherical 3, as she simply denied makes an attempt from Blanchfield. Counter proper arms additionally scored for Fiorot whereas circling exterior Blanchfield, who stored charging ahead.

Down three rounds together with her again towards the wall, Blanchfield pushed the tempo more durable. Fiorot continued enjoying her counter sport, however Blanchfield stored speeding by, creating intense moments. Whereas creating pleasure for the primary half of the spherical, Fiorot was capable of climate the storm.

With simply 5 minutes to go, Blanchfield’s nook instructed her she needed to go for the end, and he or she actually got here out swinging. A head kick caught Fiorot, however Blanchfield couldn’t capitalize after for the wanted fight-ending second.

Fiorot known as for a shot on the flyweight title throughout her post-fight interview.

Present champion Alexa Grasso is filming the brand new season of “The Final Fighter” reverse former champ Valentina Shevchenko. The pair is predicted to satisfy later this yr after the conclusion of the season.

“It doesn’t matter what, I need my title shot,” Fiorot mentioned by an interpreter.

Fiorot stays unblemished beneath the UFC banner. Coming into at No. 5 within the newest USA TODAY Sports activities/MMA Junkie girls’s flyweight rankings, Fiorot picked up her sixth win within the promotion following a victory over former strawweight champion Rose Namajunas.

With a possible shot on the title on the road, Blanchfield sees her unbeaten run within the UFC come to an finish. She entered the promotion in 2021, and racked up six-straight wins to get up to now, however might want to regroup for her subsequent problem.

Up-to-the-minute UFC on ESPN 54 outcomes embrace:

  • Manon Fiorot def. Erin Blanchfield by way of unanimous choice (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)

  • Joaquin Buckley def. Vicente Luque by way of TKO (punches) – Spherical 2, 3:17

  • Chris Weidman def. Bruno Silva by way of unanimous choice (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

  • Nursulton Ruziboev def. Sedriques Dumas by way of knockout (punches) – Spherical 1, 3:18

  • Kyle Nelson def. Invoice Algeo by way of TKO (punches) – Spherical 1, 4:00

  • Chidi Njokuani def. Rhys McKee by way of cut up choice (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)

  • Nate Landwehr def. Jamall Emmers by way of knockout (punch) – Spherical 1, 4:43

  • Virna Jandiroba def. Crazy Godinez by way of unanimous choice (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

  • Julio Arce def. Herbert Burns by way of TKO (punches) – Spherical 2, 2:00

  • Dennis Buzukja def. Connor Matthews by way of TKO (punches) – Spherical 3, 0:22

  • Ibo Aslan def. Anton Turkalj by way of TKO (punch) Spherical 3, 1:32

  • Jacob Malkoun def. Andre Petroski by way of TKO (strikes) – Spherical 2, 0:39

  • Caolan Loughran def. Angel Pacheco by way of unanimous choice (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

For extra on the cardboard, go to MMA Junkie’s occasion hub for UFC on ESPN 54.

Story initially appeared on MMA Junkie

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