UFC 279: Chris Barnett defeated Jake Collier.
Chris Barnett defeated Jake Collier via TKO (strikes), Round 2 – 2:24 at UFC 279 on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, live from T-Mobile Arena In Las Vegas, NV.
“Stand up Vegas. Let’s go! Me, dudes like Jake that is what we do… We come out here for yall. This means the world to me. I love you all for real. From the bottom of my heart. We are nothing without you. Stand up for yourself,” said Barnett.
The fight opened with both fighters attacking and throwing everything they had at each other. Collier won the majority of exchanges with his powerful strikes. By the end of the round, one side of Barnett’s face was drooping and noticeably lower than the other side of his face. Additionally, one of Barnett’s eyes was nearly swollen closed. Between the first and second rounds, the Octagon side doctor had to look at Barnett and allow him to continue the fight.
In the second round, Barnett came out with a sense of urgency and ended the fight. Barnett stuffed a takedown and reversed the position. Barnett took Collier’s back and started reigning down powerful punches. Collier did what he could to fight back but Barnett was just too much, forcing the referee to stop the fight.
With his victory, Barnett improved to 23-8, with 18 knockouts. Unfortunately, for Barnett, he missed weight and will not be eligible for a performance of the night bonus. Collier dropped 13-8 in his career and could benefit from Barnett missing weight as the fight will be in contention for the fight of the night bonus.