Tyson Pedro handed first career loss at UFC 215

Tyson Pedro’s undefeated career has come to an end at UFC 215 in Edmonton, Alberta Canada this afternoon.

Pedro was handed his first professional loss to Swedish powerhouse Ilire Latifi. The fight ended in a unanimous points decision for the Swede.

The Sydney light-heavyweight Pedro entered the contest with a 6-0 career record but ultimately the experience of the Swede proved too much for the Australian prospect.

Pedro managed to stay outside of Latifi’s range early in the fight by using leg kicks to control the distance. Latifi eventually used his punches to drive his way inside and force the takedown.

Pedro was able to get back to his feet in the early rounds through sheer explosiveness but was unable to continue to do so when he was taken down in round three.

A huge takedown by Latifi in the third round that saw Pedro almost land on his head, put an exclamation point on a good performance as Latifi took home the unanimous decision with scores 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27.

Despite the loss, Pedro will take a lot of lessons from the fight, having gone to a decision for the first time in his career and against a top-10 ranked opponent.

In the main event, Amanda Nunes defended her UFC women’s bantamweight title, but did so controversially, edging out Amanda Nunes via split-points decision, while in the co-main event Rafael Dos Anjos made a statement, submitting Neil Magny in the first-round with an arm-triangle choke.

Full Results:

  • Amanda Nunes def. Valentina Shevchenko via Decision via Decision (Split) – UFC women’s bantamweight title
  • Rafael Dos Anjos def. Neil Magny via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke), Rd 1, 3:43
  • Henry Cejudo def. Wilson Reis via TKO (Punches), Rd 2, 0:25
  • Ilir Latifi def. Tyson Pedro via Decision (Unanimous)
  • Jeremy Stephens def. Gilbert Melendez via Decision (Unanimous)
  • Ketlen Vieira def. Sara McMann via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke), Rd 2, 4:16
  • Sarah Moras def. Ashlee Evans-Smith via Submission (Armbar), Rd 1, 2:51
  • Rick Glenn def. Gavin Tucker via Decision (Unanimous)
  • Alex White def. Mitch Clarke via TKO (Punches), Rd 2, 4:36
  • Arjan Bhullar def. Luis Henrique Barbosa de Oliveira via Decision (Unanimous)
  • Kajan Johnson def. Adriano Martins via KO (Punch), Rd 3, 0:49
My earliest combat sports memory is watching David Tua knock people out with his left hook.  I am extremely passionate about combat sports in Australia and my home country of New Zealand and I endeavour to grow the profile of martial arts and its athletes in both countries. Persistent Brazilian jiu-jitsu battler.