Inside the Toyota Center in Houston, UFC 271 will feature a middleweight championship rematch between Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker. Whittaker is looking to settle a score, while Adesanya is ready to prove he is the best fighter within the division.
The two fighters last faced off at UFC 243 in 2019. Adesanya knocked out Whittaker in the second round to win the UFC middleweight title.
Adesanya made his MMA debut in 2012 following a successful kickboxing career, and “The Last Stylebender” is 10-1 in the UFC since joining the promotion in 2018. After beating Whittaker for the title at UFC 243, he has successfully defended it against Yoel Romero, Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori. Adesanya attempted but failed to win the UFC light heavyweight title against Jan Blachowicz in his lone MMA loss at UFC 259.
Whittaker made his MMA debut in 2009. An Ultimate Fighter winner, Whittaker beat Romero to become undisputed welterweight champion in 2017. Since losing to Adesanya, he has beaten Darren Till, Jared Cannonier and Kelvin Gastelum.
Sporting News will be providing live updates from Adesanya vs. Whittaker 2 and the entire UFC 271 card. Follow along below.
UFC 271 live updates, highlights from Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Whittaker 2
11:35 p.m. ET – Brunson immediately drops Cannonier in round two but Cannonier gets back up. A big right hook by Cannonier appears to have affected Brunson, as his body language has not looked good. Big right hook by Cannonier followed by another connection. Brunson looked lost at some points, as Cannonier landed big blows like a backfist that had him reeling. Taking Brunson down, Cannonier landed huge elbows that ended the fight and secured the latter the win.
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11:25 p.m. ET – Up next is an important middleweight fight in Derek Brunson vs. Jared Cannonier. Both started swinging right away, with Cannonier having the early edge on shots. He avoided the takedown game of Brunson early on, and again as he lands elbows to the side of the head. Brunson finally takes him down by the cage but Cannonier gets back up. The latter lands inside shots as Brunson dips forward and low. Brunson lands a huge takedown and goes for the mount. Brunson landed a counter right hook that dropped Cannonier. He then went for the submission, but Cannonier was saved by the bell.
11:05 p.m. ET – Hernandez with some boxing to open up the second round. Inside left by Hernandez, but Moicano pressured Hernandez by the cage. He then landed the rear-naked choke to secure the win.
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10:55 p.m. ET – UFC 271 continues with another lightweight bout in Alexander Hernandez vs. Renato Moicano. Moicano opened things up with calf kicks. Moicano attempted to take Hernandez down, but Hernandez blocked it several times. Hernandez was not able to avoid one last one, as Moicano ended up on top. Back up, Hernandez jabs away and was trying to move inside.
10:43 p.m. ET – Green opened up round two with multiple jabs, working past Haqparast’s defense. He continued to land, forcing Haqparast to back up. Combination body and head shots were connecting for Green, as Haqparast could not stop his shots. Another set of combinations landed for Green, who still felt fresh. Haqparast did land a high kick, but Green would not stop landing fresh blows. Green continued to land several blows in round three, landing over 100 head shots per the broadcast. Haqparast was tired put still tried to push forward. Green’s performance was enough to earn himself a unanimous decision win (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
10:22 p.m. ET – Bobby Green and Nasrat Haqparast have a lot of energy as the opening round began. An early eye poke affected Green early, but he continued on. Haqparast ended up getting poked in the eye as both got stern warnings. he would land combinations while Green went for calf kicks. Green then landed combination jabs before the round ended. The two exchanged words before heading to their corner.
10:10 p.m. ET – We are live for the main card of UFC 271. before we get to the middleweight title fight, we have a few other bouts on the main card, starting with Bobby Green vs. Nasrat Haqparast in lightweight action.
9:40 p.m. ET – From one veteran to another, up next is Andre Arlovski taking on Jared Vanderaa. Arlovski started striking right away to open round one. Backed up against the cage, Arlovski landed a spinning backfist before the round ended. Arlovski was hit below the belt in round two but kept on going. Playing it close, Vanderaa allowed Arlovski to control the tempo. Vanderaa had Arlovski up by the cage in the third round, but Arlovski continued to land hard shots. The pace continued to favor Arlovski, but Vanderaa had a better third than the previous two rounds. Arlovski ended up winning via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
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9:25 p.m. ET – O’Neill continued to go inside and land sharp shots in the third, as Modafferi tried to get another takedown. Modafferi goes for a takedown but O’Neill slips out of it. With a minute left in the fight, Modafferi gets the takedown, but O’Neill gets back up. The judges ended up giving O’Neill the split decision win (29-28, 28-29, 29-28). O’Neill was booed following the win, while Modafferi was given a standing ovation following the fight.
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9:10 p.m. ET – It is the last fight of Roxanne Modafferi’s career, as she takes on Casey O’Neill. Modafferi landed multiple jabs to start the fight, pushing O’Neill into the corner. O’Neill did land solid shots as a result of Modafferi pushing forward. Modafferi ended up landing a left hook that connected, and a big right. O’Neill was landing more significant strikes in the first round. O’Neill was much more aggressive to open round two, connecting with sharp shots and a hook. She ended up going forward this time around, landing a plethora of significant strikes. O’Neill with a war cry but then Modafferi landed a takedown before the end of the second.
8:40 p.m. – 8:55 p.m. ET – Next next up is Kyler Phillips vs. Marcelo Rojo. Phillips tried to be creative early but missed several big shots. He did drop Rojo at one point and landed a big takedown. Phillips drops him again before the end of the first round. It was more of the same in the second, as Phillips landed the better shots. Phillips landed on top in the third and was just pounding away at Rojo. He then submitted Rojo to end the fight.
— UFC (@ufc) February 13, 2022
8:25 p.m. ET – Since the opening round, Cherant has been reserved with his offense. Ulberg takes him down late in the third round to hold the advantage over Ulberg. It was enough for him to win the fight, with 30-27 scorecards from all three judges.
8:10 p.m. ET – The prelims on ESPN/ESPN+ begins with Carlos Ulberg vs. Fabio Cherant. Cherant was hit by a below the belt shot early, and once he recovered he landed big shots by the cage. He would continue to land shots as the first round came to a close but Ulberg landed the cleaner shots.
— UFC (@ufc) February 12, 2022
UFC 271: Adesanya vs. Whittaker 2 start time
- Early prelims: 6 p.m. ET
- Prelims: 8 p.m. ET
- Main card: 10 p.m. ET
- Main event: Midnight ET (approximate)
UFC 271 will take place on Saturday, Feb. 12, with the early prelims kicking the event off around 6 p.m. ET. Adesanya and Whittaker should enter the octagon around midnight ET, depending on the length of the undercard bouts.
What channel is UFC 271 on?
- TV channels: ESPN, ESPN Deportes
- Live stream: ESPN+
The main card for UFC 271 is available in the U.S. on the ESPN+ subscription service for a pay-per-view cost. That portion of the event begins at 10 p.m. ET. Earlier fights, however, are able to be viewed live on ESPN, the WatchESPN app and UFC Fight Pass.
In Canada, the main card pay-per-view is available on Bell, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus Eastlink and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass.
- Current yearly subscribers can get UFC 271 for $74.99.
- Current monthly subscribers can get UFC 271 and an upgraded bundle at a discounted rate of $99.98. They can also purchase the event for $74.99.
- New subscribers can pay a bundle price of $99.98 for the UFC 271 pay-per-view and an ESPN+ annual subscription.
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UFC 271 fight card
Main card (10 p.m. ET)
- Israel Adesanya (c) vs. Robert Whittaker for the UFC middleweight title
- Derrick Lewis vs. Tai Tuivasa; heavyweights
- Jared Cannonier def. Derek Brunson via TKO (4:29 into round two)
- Renato Moicano def. Alexander Hernandez via rear-naked choke (1:23 into round two)
- Bobby Green def. Nasrat Haqparast via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Prelims (8 p.m. ET)
- Andre Arlovski def. Jared Vanderaa via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Casey O’Neill def. Roxanne Modafferi via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Kyler Philips def. Marcelo Rojo via armbar (1:48 into round three)
- Carlos Ulberg def. Fabio Cherant via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Early prelims (6 p.m. ET)
- Ronnie Lawrence def. Mana Martinez via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28)
- Jacob Malkoun def. AJ Dobson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Douglas Silva de Andrade def. Sergey Morozov via rear-naked choke (3:34 into round two)
- Jeremiah Wells def. Blood Diamond via rear-naked choke (4:38 into round one)
- Maxim Grishin def. William Knight via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
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