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Diego Lopes accepts change of opponent hours before fight and defeats dangerous rival at UFC 303

Brazilian surpassed Dan Ige, who replaced Brian Ortega during the event

Diego lopes fighting in UFC 303. Photo: Reproduction/X UFC News

Cheerful to the Brazilian fans, Diego lopes experienced a major unforeseen event UFC 303, held this Saturday (29), in Las Vegas (USA). The athlete, who would face Brian ortega in the co-main fight, he was at risk of being removed from the event after his rival fell ill during the card. The Tupiniquim then agreed to face Dan Ige, scheduled for the show hours before the confrontation and overcame his opponent in the judges' unanimous decision.

The victory enhances Lopes' successful trajectory in the featherweight division (up to 65,7kg). In addition to recording his fourth consecutive victory, the Brazilian advances in the category ranking and approaches the top 10.

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Inserted into the event in a hurry, Ige left the Octagon to a standing ovation from the public. The North American, however, could lose 13th place in the division.

Heroes in the octagon

The fight started with Diego taking the initiative with a low kick. The Brazilian continued to lead the actions and punished his rival with two crosses. With just over a minute left, Ige closed the distance, but received another powerful cross followed by a knee. Lopes acted with a high guard and waited for his opponent's actions to launch counterattacks. In the final minute, the athletes tried some frank striking and excited the audience. Almost at the end of the stage, Dan risked a fall, but left his neck free. The Brazilian tried the hand triangle, but his opponent ended up saved by the bell.

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In the second round, the first to attack was Dan, with a straight shot. Diego responded with a front kick to his opponent's torso. With almost two minutes, Ige launched a high kick, but Lopes grabbed his opponent's legs and took him to the ground. The Brazilian managed to get to the back and started looking for openings for a submission. Dan protected himself, but the pressure was on the Tupiniquim. Diego tried to find space to use the rear naked choke, while his opponent defended himself. The round ended with Tupiniquim's broad dominance.

The last round began with Diego attacking first, with a straight shot. Ige started to close the distance and launched powerful attacks on the Brazilian's body. Lopes waited for his opponent's actions and bet on counterattacks. The North American cornered the Brazilian close to the bars and looked for the knockout. Diego had a disadvantage in the last round and allowed his opponent to advance. With two minutes gone, Diego risked a takedown, but Ige defended well. In the middle of the stage, Dan was leading the actions and putting pressure on the Tupiniquim. With two minutes left in the fight, Lopes managed to close the distance and managed to get to the back. The Brazilian valued his position and minimized his opponent's momentum. Afterwards, Dan managed to reverse the position and left the Brazilian on his back on the ground. On top, Ige attacked with ground and pound and Lopes tried to protect himself. Almost at the end of the confrontation, the situation was tense for Diego, who received harsh attacks from his opponent.

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UFC 303 results

MAIN CARD 

Light heavyweight (up to 93 kg): Alex Poatán derrotou Jiri Prochazka by technical knockout 13 seconds into R2 – fight for the belt

Married weight (up to 74,6 kg): Diego lopes derrotou Dan Ige in the unanimous decision of the judges (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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Light heavyweight (up to 93 kg): Roman Dolidze derrotou Anthony Smith in the unanimous decision of the judges (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Bantam weight (up to 61,2 kg): Macy chiasson derrotou Mayra Sheetara by technical knockout (medical interruption) at 1m58s of R2

Welterweight (up to 77,1 kg): Ian Machado Garry derrotou Michael Page in the unanimous decision of the judges (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

PRELIMINARY CARD 

Average weight (up to 83,9 kg): joe pyfer derrotou Marc-Andre Barriault by knockout (punches) at 1min25s of R1

Featherweight (up to 65,7 kg): André Fili derrotou Cub swanson in the judges' split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Featherweight (up to 65,7 kg): Jean Silva derrotou Charles Jourdain by knockout (punch) at 1min22s of R2

Bantam weight (up to 61,2 kg): Payton Talbott derrotou Yanis Ghemmouri by technical knockout (punches) 19s into R1

Straw weight (up to 52,1 kg): Gillian robertson derrotou Michelle Waterson in the unanimous decision of the judges (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Heavy weight (up to 120,2 kg): Martin Buday derrotou Andrei Arlovski in the judges' split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Flyweight (up to 56,7 kg): King Tsuruya derrotou Carlos Hernandez in the unanimous decision of the judges (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Bantam weight (up to 61,2 kg): Vinicius LokDog derrotou Ricky simon in the unanimous decision of the judges (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

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