Sunday August 23, 2015, The UFC traveled up to Saskatoon, Canada for UFC Fight Night 74, which featured a featherweight war between to top ten featherweights in #5 Max Holloway and #7 Charles Oliveira.

Holloway came into the fight on an impressive six-fight win streak. Holloway’s last defeat was against the featherweight interim champion Conor McGregor. In his last fight, Holloway dominated Cub Swanson and had fans excited to see him inside the octagon once again.

He took on #7 Charles Oliveira, who was on an impressive four-fight win streak himself. Oliveira was looking to show that he deserved to be in the top five of the division and that he is on a path to the title.

Other than the awesome featherweight war to show who deserves to be in the title talks, UFC Fight Night 74 featured a welterweight fight between Neil Magny and Erick Silva, another welterweight scrap between Patrick Cote and Josh Burkman, a lightweight scrap between Chad Laprise and Francisco Trinaldo, a lightweight fight between Olivier Aubin-Mercier and Tony Sims, and a women’s strawweight fight between Maryna Moroz and Valerie Letourneau.

Main Card Summary

Max Holloway vs. Charles Oliveira

Round 1: Oliveira came out fast, but Holloway landed some nice shots. Holloway landed a solid spinning kick to Oliveira’s body. Oliveira then looked to take the fight to the ground by puling guard, but Holloway pulled out of it and told Oliveira to stand up. The only problem was that Oliveira was hurt and Holloway went in on him before the referee stepped in and stopped the fight. It was a very weird ending to a fight, but nonetheless, Holloway won his seventh fight in a row.

Max Holloway def. Charles Oliveira by TKO (injury) Round 1 (1:39)

Neil Magny vs. Erick Silva 

Round 1: Magny started to find his range early and got an early takedown, but Silva got right back to his feet. He then took Magny down right away and worked to get in to a dominant position Magny got back to his feet and then took Silva down. Magny got into mount and landed some nice shots. Magny started to grind away at Silva and got his back. He was unable to end the fight.

Round 2: Magny landed a solid right hand right away and started to look comfortable. Magny kept landing some solid shots and his movement was looking good. Silva was going for bombs, but Magny was able to avoid all of them. Silva then decided that he was losing the stand-up with Magny and shot for a takedown. He was able to take Magny down, but Magny got some great wrist control and got to his feet. Magny ended the round once again avoiding shots from Silva.

Round 3: Silva came out fast and started throwing some solid lead leg strikes. Magny was unable to check them and he kept landing them. Magny started to work his jab and his movement was looking good again. Magny then caught the leg kick from Silva that he kept throwing and landed a nice shot. Magny landed a very nice uppercut as well and looked like he was really finding his groove.

Neil Magny def. Erick Silva by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

Patrick Cote vs. Josh Burkman

Round 1: Burkman started the fight as the aggressor and was landing some very ice leg kicks. He started to get into a rhythm and tried s spinning kic, but Cote saw it and took him down. They got back to their feet and Burkman started to land some powerful shots. He seemed to hurt Cote and Cote shot for a takedown. He was unable to secure it and they both started to trade some hard shots. Cote landed a really hard shot that rocked Burkman, but the round ended. Burkman let out a big smile after he was rocked and it seemed that these two were game for a good fight.

Round 2: Cote’s corner told him that Burkman was still rocked and to go right at him. That is exactly what he did, but he was unable to hurt Burkman more. Burkman seemed to recover from the hard shot in the first and they continued to trade. Burkman sat back and waited for a goo shot, but then secured a very impressive takedown. Cote was able to get to his feet shortly after and Burkman did not do any damage. Burkman landed a hard right, but Cote answered with his own and then shot for a takedown.

Round 3: Burkman came out swinging and landed some crazy shots. He seemed to hurt Cote, but Cite answered back. Cote then landed a bomb and dropped Burkman. Cote swarmed Burkman and landed about one million shots, somehow Burkman was surviving, but then Burkman could not hold on any longer. The referee stepped in and ended the fight.

Patrick Cote def. Josh Burkman by TKO (punches) Round 3 (1:26)

Chad Laprise vs. Francisco Trinaldo

Round 1: Laprise came forward and was being the aggressor to start. He kept making sure that Trinaldo did not get to push forward and was starting to find his range. Trinaldo then landed a well-timed left hand and dropped hum. Trinaldo took his back and then ended the fight with some vicious ground and pound.

Francisco Trinaldo def. Chad Laprise by TKO (punches) Round 1 (2:43)

Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Tony Sims

Round 1: Aubin-Mercier took Sims down early to start the fight. It seemed as if his gamelan was to not trade with Sims, who ends over 80% of his fights by KO/TKO. Sims got out, but then Aubin-Mercier picked up Sims and slammed him. Sims then bellied down and Aubin-Mercier got his back. He locked in the body triangle and was looking for the finish. Aubin-Mercier kept looking for the rear-naked choke and Sims was defending well. Sims somehow survived the round, but he was dominated by Aubin-Mercier.

Round 2: The round started the same; with Aubin-Mercier shooting for a takedown. He was unable to secure it early, but he kept working for it. He finally secured his takedown and was on top of Sims again. Sims was able tog get up, but Aubin-Mercier took him down right after. Sima got up again and looked like he was going to get a shot to trade with Aubin-Mercier, but he was taken down once again.

Round 3: Aubin-Mercier shot for a takedown right at the start, but Sims finally stopped one and actually got on top of Aubin-Mercier. Sims started to land some solid ground and pound, but Aubin-Mercier turned it into a takedown and got on top. Aubin-Mercier then got Sims back again and was looking for the finish. He was unable to get it, but he ended the fight in a dominant position.

Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. Tony Sims by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Maryna Moroz vs. Valerie Letourneau

Round 1: Surprisingly the fight did not start out as fast as women’s strawweight fights do. Both fighters were trying to find their distance, as Moroz seemed to be landing some nice shots. Then, out of nowhere, Letourneau dropped Moroz with a hard right. Letourneau got on top and worked her way to a crucifix. Nothing really came out of it and then they both did not do much on the ground and rode the round out for an awkward minute where it seemed both fighters did not know what to do.

Round 2: The round once again started slowly with Letourneau landing more shots. You could see that Letourneau had a striking advantage in the fight and was landing a lot harder of shots. Letourneau kept stalking Moroz and landing hard counter rights. Letourneau seemed to control the whole round, but Moroz did not give in at all. She called Letourneau forward at one point and showed she was game for a third round.

Round 3: The round started with Letourneau once again landing her counter right hand. She caught Moroz hard again and rocked her. Moroz took the fight to the ground and Moroz tried a submission, but was unsuccessful. Moroz had a chance for a triangle, but Letourneau escaped and let the fight get back to the feet. Moroz looked like she needed a finish to win the fight, but nothing happened at the end of the fight. The fighters just traded some sloppy shots and nothing really hurt either fighter.

Valerie Letourneau def. Maryna Moroz by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Full Results

Main Card (on FOX Sports 1)

Max Holloway def. Charles Oliveira by TKO (injury) Round 1 (1:39)

Neil Magny def. Erick Silva by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

Patrick Cote def. Josh Burkman by TKO (punches) Round 3 (1:26)

Francisco Trinaldo def. Chad Laprise by TKO (punches) Round 1 (2:43)

Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. Tony Sims by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Valerie Letourneau def. Maryna Moroz by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Prelims (on FOX Sports 1)

Frankie Perez def. Sam Stout by TKO (punches) Round 1 (0:54)

Felipe Arantes def. Yves Jabouin by submission (armbar) Round 1 (4:21)

Nikita Krylov def. Marcos Rogerio de Lima by submission (Rear-naked choke) Round 1 (2:29)

Chris Kelades def. Chris Beal by split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)

Prelims (on UFC Fight Pass)

Shane Campbell def. Elias Silverio by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Misha Cirkunov def. Daniel Jolly by KO (punches) Round 1 (4:45)