7 Takeaways From UFC 213

UFC 213 had a rough build, but what happened inside the cage on fight night?


Once again, the International Fight Week pay-per-view had a tumultuous build. Losing Cody Garbrandt vs. TJ Dillashaw was a blow. Donald Cerrone vs. Robbie Lawler dropping the week before was bad news too. But the worst was yet to come just hours before the show started, as Amanda Nunes was hospitalised.

That being said, the show must go on. This time last year, UFC 200 ended up being a dud as fight night just couldn't escape the disarray of the build. But more recently, UFC 206 had one of the worst builds in UFC history, leaving a threadbare card devastated and destined to fail. When it came time to throw down though, it was arguably the most entertaining pay-per-view of 2016.

In reality this was something in between. The pay-per-view started well, fell off a cliff in the middle, before a really good main event sent the crowd home happy. A new interim middleweight champion was crowned, and perhaps a new #1 contender for the heavyweight championship emerged also.

But as good as the main event was, the fight of the weekend was on Friday at the TUF Finale. Bombs were thrown and chins were rattled on Friday in a Fight of the Year candidate. Here's everything you need to know about 2017's International Fight Week.


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