With one other action-packed month of MMA within the books, MMA Junkie appears at the perfect fights from Might 2024: Listed here are the 5 nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMA Junkie’s Battle of the Month award for Might.

On the backside of the put up, tell us if we acquired it proper by voting in your alternative.

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Nominee: Trey Waters def. Billy Ray Goff at UFC on ESPN 56

Trey Waters (9-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Billy Goff (9-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) seemed like a few zombies by the point they had been achieved slugging it out for quarter-hour.

After they had been by means of the gruelling welterweight bout, it was Waters who had a unanimous choice in what was at that time simply essentially the most entertaining combat of the night time.

Nominee: Diego Ferreira def. Mateusz Rebecki at UFC on ESPN 56

Diego Ferreira (19-5 MMA, 10-5 UFC) overcame early adversity to dish out a brutal beating on the face of surging light-weight Mateusz Rebecki (19-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC).

Referee Gary Copeland’s interjection to wave off the bout at 4:59 of Spherical 3 formally marked completion of Ferreira’s rally. He was dropped with an enormous left hand in Spherical 1, however then Ferreira rounded with a drawn-out beating.

Nominee: Patchy Combine def. Magomed Magomedov at Bellator Champions Sequence: Paris

Everybody who watched seemingly had their very own opinion of who ought to win or why, however the two of the three opinions that mattered leaned towards Patchy Combine (20-1).

Combine defeated Magomedov Magomedov (20-4) by break up choice to retain his bantamweight title in a rematch that was way more aggressive than the primary assembly between them.

Nominee: Lerone Murphy def. Edson Barboza at UFC Battle Evening 241

Lerone Murphy (14-0-1 MMA, 6-0-1 UFC) carried out at a tempo that was merely an excessive amount of for Edson Barboza (24-12 MMA, 18-12 UFC) to deal with in his first primary occasion alternative.

The featherweight headliner “The Miracle” from Manchester, England, hardly ever give Barboza house to unleash his offense. In consequence, Murphy remained undefeated, successful a unanimous choice, and increasing his unblemished report underneath the UFC banner.

The winner

The winner: Alexandre Pantoja def. Steve Erceg at UFC 301

Alexandre Pantoja retained the UFC flyweight title in his native Rio de Janeiro, but it surely wasn’t with out some pushback.

Pantoja (28-5 MMA, 12-3 UFC) crept by Steve Erceg (12-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) to earn a unanimous choice (48-47, 48-47, 49-46) nod.

The battle was intently contested with a number of rounds up for debate. Whereas Pantoja began robust, Erceg gained momentum within the second spherical as his boxing he got here to life.

In Spherical 3, Erceg sliced Pantoja open badly, a reduce that induced blood to squirt all around the canvas because the champion managed the challenger on the mat. Pantoja confirmed off a well-rounded assault, as he combined his putting and robust grappling from bell to bell to bell.

Spherical 4 arguably was Erceg’s strongest as his putting additional got here to life and his robust cardio confirmed. Pantoja combatted the challenger’s efforts with wits, pacing, and adaptiveness as he eked out the ultimate spherical – and the choice.