Top 5 Takeaways From UFC 269

UFC 269 promised plenty but delivered even more in Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon.

Four of the five fights on the Main Card did not require the judges decision and we saw one of the biggest upsets in the history of the sport!

We’ve offered our Top Five Takeaways from UFC 269 below.

5. Tai Tuivasa Is A Genuine Threat In The Heavyweight Division

There is no doubting that Bam Bam loves to perform on the big stage and entertain but we are seeing a new and improved version of Tai Tuivasa right now.

The product of western Sydney finds himself on a four fight win streak after he folded Augusto Sakai in Las Vegas on the weekend and it is inevitable that he will have a number next to his name in the UFC Heavyweight division.

Leading into the fight he had 12 wins by first round KO.

He took his time in this one, finishing Sakai 26 seconds into the second.

The UFC Heavyweight division has been put on notice and we can’t wait to find out who is next for Bam Bam!

4. It’s Time For A Top Opponent For Sean O’Malley

The star of Sugar Sean O’Malley has never shined brighter after he secured his ninth first round finish of his professional career at UFC 269.

He now has three straight wins since his one and only loss to Chito Vera back in August of 2020 and because of the profile that he has built, he has an endless amount of options available going forward.

No one would be surprised if O’Malley now enters the UFC Top 15 after such a dominant win and now is the time that he takes a fight against a top contender in a stack division.

Chito Vera is currently ranked 11. Is the rematch the fight to make?

The guy can trash talk too!

3. Kai Kara France Will Fight For The Flyweight Title In 2022

For the second time in a row Kai Kara France won by first round knockout when he unleashed a flurry of devastating punches that ended Cody Garbrandt’s Flyweight debut.

Kara France has just two losses inside the UFC, one of which came against the current champion Brendon Moreno and in his post fight speech he made known his intentions for a title shot as soon as possible.

And who can argue after such a dominant win against a former UFC champion.

Whether it is his next fight or the one after, he will fight for the title in 2022.

2. Nothing Is Certain In This Sport

We witnessed one of the biggest upsets in UFC history as Julianna Pena submitted Amanda Nunes in the second round to claim the Bantamweight title.

Nunes welcomed Pena in the middle of the octagon to trade blows and the challenger used her jab beautifully to keep the champion at a distance landing multiple clean shots.

Nunes looked gassed and Pena took advantage by taking her to the canvas where she sunk in a rear naked choke to end the fight.

The loss puts a stop to a 12 fight win streak for Nunes and has breathed new life into the Women’s Bantamweight division.

This is a sport where anything is possible and sometimes we just need a little reminder of this.

1. We Are In A Golden Era Of The Lightweight Division

Charles Oliveira defended his UFC Lightweight belt for the first time by submitting Dustin Poirier in the Main Event.

Poirier landed some heavy shots in the first round which forced the champ to take the fight to the canvas where he had a huge amount of success.

He adds to his UFC records of Most Submissions and Most Finishes by one with the win and he has no shortage of fighters lining up in an absolutely stacked division.

The UFC will now feed him Justin Gaethje next and we can not wait.