UFC 300: Arman Tsarukyan Braves Two Chokes From Charles Oliveira, Records Split Decision Win; Challenges Islam Makhachev

Arman Tsarukyan edged out Charles Oliveira in a dramatic split decision at UFC 300. The fight was a back-and-forth brawl, with Oliveira twice threatening with deep chokes but Tsarukyan showcased incredible resilience to secure a potential title shot as he challenged lightweight champion Islam Makhachev. The victory takes Arman to 22-3.
Arman Tsarukyan

Arman Tsarukyan braves two chokes to record split decision win at UFC 300. (Credit: AP)

In a thrilling lightweight bout at UFC 300, Arman Tsarukyan emerged victorious over former champion Charles Oliveira by a close split decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). The fight was a war from start to finish, with both fighters showcasing incredible grit and determination on Saturday.
Oliveira wasted no time, attempting a guillotine choke early in the first round. Though a dangerous position, Tsarukyan displayed remarkable resilience, escaping the hold. The fight took a momentary pause when Oliveira landed an illegal kick, but luckily for him, no points were deducted.
Tsarukyan started dictating the pace, peppering Oliveira with strikes and even opening a cut with a well-placed kick in the second round. Just when it seemed Tsarukyan might pull ahead, Oliveira threatened again with another deep guillotine choke in the final round. However, Tsarukyan, proving his toughness once more, fought his way out.
This incredible display of resilience ultimately earned Tsarukyan the nod from two judges. Following the fight, he called out the current lightweight champion, Islam Makhachev, hinting at a potential future title shot.
Oliveira, on the other hand, suffered another setback. This loss marks his second in his last three fights, significantly impacting his chances of regaining the lightweight title in a rematch against Makhachev. The defeat left many Oliveira fans heartbroken, but there's no denying the valiant effort he displayed against a determined Tsarukyan.
This epic lightweight battle will undoubtedly be considered a contender for fight of the year. Both fighters displayed exceptional talent and heart, making it a truly memorable match for fight fans.
Meanwhile, in the other marquee bouts of the night, Max Holloway pipped Justin Gaethje via knockout with just a second remaining in the fifth round.
In the main event, Alex Periera defended his UFC light heavyweight championship with a sweet first-round knockout win over Jamahal Hill.
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