The first season of Dana White’s foray into slap fights is coming to an end, and as his plans for an explosive pay-per-view (PPV) have been scrapped with declining TV numbers, the controversial league sports continues to move forward with the finale, which will be streamed for free on alternative social media video site, Rumble. So tonight (Saturday, March 11, 2023) live from the UFC’s Apex facilities in Las Vegas, Nevada, we’ll be bringing you turn-by-turn, palm strike by palm strike, coverage of this event.
It all happens tonight, starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
Power Slap 1 Finale Quick Results:
225+ lbs. Title: Ron Bata defeats. Darius Mata-Varona—KO, Rd. 1
205 pounds. Title: Ayjay Hintz defeated. Vernon Cathey — KO, path. 1
185 pounds. Title: Azael Rodriguez defeated. John Davis – knockout, path. 1
170 pounds. Title: Christapher Thomas beats. Jesus Gaspar Diaz — KO, path. 1
225+ lbs. Damien Dibbell beats. Duane Crespo — KO, path. 2
165 pounds. Waylon Frost won. Michael Smith – Split decision, 30-27, 29-28, 28-29
185 pounds. Wesley Drain won. Emanuel Muniz — Split decision, 29-28×2, 28-29
205 pounds. Russell Rivero beats. Isaih Quinones—KO, Rd. 3
225+ lbs. Dorian Perez defeats. Frank Holland — TKO, way. 2
170 pounds. Andrew Probost beats. Alex Asbury – KO, path. 2
185 pounds. Travis Aragon defeats. Rese Archer—DQ, Rd. 2
155 pounds. Robert Trujillo beats. Jewel Scott – KO, path. 2
Power Slap 1 Finale Play-By-Play Updates:
225+ lbs. title match: Darius Mata-Varona vs. Ron Bata
Round 1: DMV, otherwise known as “Destroyer” vs. “Wolverine” Bata. Mata-Varona first, Bata takes it. Bata wastes no time answering. Reverses DMV. He barely makes the 10 count, but stumbles towards the referee. Redemption for Bata, who was 0-3 against DMV before that.
END RESULT: Ron Bata defeats. Darius Mata-Varona, KO round 1
225+ lbs. Concurrent Match: Duane Crespo vs. Damien Dibell
Round 1: Dibell was an assistant coach on the show. Crespo first, big right hand, Dibell doesn’t really move. Dibell responds in kind, as does Crespo.
Round 2: Crespo rushes in with his right, again eaten by Dibell. Big comeback from Dibell and it knocks out Crespo.
FINAL RESULT: Damien Dibell defeated. Duane Crespo, KO round 2
205 pounds. Title match: Ayjay Hintz vs. Vernon Cathey
Round 1: The announcer said Hintz weighed 264, not 204, but whatever. The big right hand knocks Hintz down. He wobbles, but gets up. Hintz retaliates and it’s the KO.
FINAL RESULT: Ayjay Hintz defeats. Vernon Cathey, KO round 1
185 pounds. Title match: Azael Rodriguez vs. John Davis
Round 1: Rodriguez first and lands his right which doesn’t faze Davis. Right hand return knocks Rodriguez down and the ref calls it.
END RESULT: John Davis defeats. Azael Rodriguez, KO round 1
170 pounds. title match: Christapher Thomas vs. Jesus Gaspar Diaz
Round 1: Thomas first, and a right palm later, Diaz is down first. It was quick.
END RESULT: Christapher Thomas defeats. Jesus Gaspar Diaz, KO round 1
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