UFC could also be operating their first playing cards of 2021 right here on Struggle Island, however talkSPORT has already witnessed some critical knockouts.
Winner of the 2020 KO of the 12 months, Joaquin Buckley, was on the receiving finish of a excessive kick KO final Saturday and that card featured three first-round KOs, however Ike Villanueva may need simply topped them on Wednesday.
The Texas-born gentle heavyweight went hammer and tong with Brazilian Vinicius Moreira and it was clear from the primary spherical this wasn’t a battle destined to go the space.
Villanueva had 13 knockout wins in his profession previous to Wednesday and all of them got here within the first spherical.
He didn’t get the primary spherical KO, however he actually did within the second. Check out this:
The shot was so nasty that it despatched the Brazilian spinning! He did a full 360 diploma flip earlier than touchdown on the mat.
Following the choice, Moreira walked previous us on the media desk and was seen sobbing to his staff, clearly upset at what had transpired.
Life in UFC hadn’t began the best way Villanueva would have hoped. A loss on his debut after which a health care provider stoppage due to a lower on his second outing left Villanueva questioning if his job was on the road with one other loss.
As an alternative, he secured an enormous knockout and should nicely safe a bonus by the point this card is over.
Elsewhere on UFC’s Wednesday card, it was a combined night time for the Brits as Mason Jones misplaced his debut and his unbeaten document, Tom Breese misplaced by way of submission, however Lerone Murphy remained unbeaten with a unanimous choice.