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Francis Nganu brings a different kind of power to his huge fists.
The representative of Xtreme Couture judged a defeat in 2018 loudly, as he threw Stipe Miocic with fists and won the undisputed heavyweight title of Ultimate Fighting Championship in the second round of the UFC 260 headliner on Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Miocic (20-4, 14-4 UFC) succumbed to the 52-second blow in Round 2.
Ngannou (16-3, 11-2 UFC) fought at a frightening pace from the start, taking his points as he searched for openings. He jumped out of a Miocic elimination in the first round, punished him with a crash from the ground and the pound and set the stage for the next. Ngannou put Euclid, Ohio, which is inherent in unstable legs with a short but destructive left hook at the beginning of Round 2, ate a right hand in return and then unlocked a left hook that sent the champion running back, the right his leg bends awkwardly under him. One last forger pulled the curtain and gave the last “Baddest Man on the Planet”.
Luque Choke Vanquishes Woodley
Cerrado MMA export Vicente Luque sent Tyron Woodley with a brabo drowning in the first round of the main welterweight tournament. Undergoing 27 professional outings for the first time, Woodley (19-7-1, 9-6-1 UFC) conceded a 3:56 loss in Round 1 before appearing to have lost consciousness.
Luque (20-7-1, 13-3 UFC) did not leave without injury. Woodley came out of the gate with some discovery of aggression and took out the tower with a pair of rights defenders, the Brazilian legs seemed to bend under him. Luke withstood his brush with possible damage and turned the tide in an instant with the right hand of the meter. An ugly Woodley stumbled into the cage but found no recovery. Luke turned with various strikes, led him to the canvas and locked himself in the chuck. Woodley tried to free himself, only to find all escape routes.
The 29-year-old Luque has collected three consecutive victories.
O’Malley Wrecks Spiraling Almeida
Man Lab singles out Sean O’Malley bounced back from his Aug. 15 defeat by Marlon Vera and did so in style as he punched Thomas Almeida in the third round of the typical bantamweight bout. Without a win since 2016, Almeida (22-5, 5-5 UFC) fell 3:52 in Round 3.
O’Malley (13-1, 5-1 UFC) is controlled almost every second of the match. He ran Almeida with a head kick in the first round, threw him with a left hook and walked away in a knockout attempt. However, the Brazilian was not over yet. Almeida recovered despite significant damage to his nose and took further risk. O’Malley connected to a counter that he left slowly in the third round, suddenly followed his enemy opponent and overcame a devastating right hand on the ground that brought him to an emphasis in the end.
Almeida, 29, is now on a quadruped.
Surging Maverick sings Robertson
The winner of the Invicta Fighting Championships Phoenix Series 2, Miranda Maverick, went one step closer to joining the Top 15 at 125 kg, as she claimed a unanimous decision for Gillian Robertson in a three-dimensional female flyweight feature. Maverick (9-2, 2-0 UFC) brought all three scores: 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.
Robertson (9-6, 6-4 UFC) was overbearing, but still made life difficult for the 23-year prospect. The original Din Thomas advanced on Maverick’s back in the second round and threatened her with an arm from the bottom to the third. However, the intermediate stretches were not kind to Robertson. Maverick hit for repeated rebounds, enjoyed considerable control time and accumulated ground and pound points.
Maverick has won five consecutive wins.
Mullarkey levels were deservedly favored
Magnus MMA export Jamie Mullarkey knocked out Khama Worthy with fists in the first round of their light showcase. Worthy (16-8, 2-2 UFC) reached the end of 46 seconds in Round 1, as the Pittsburgh native suffered his second setback in so many appearances.
Mullarkey (13-4, 1-2 UFC) hit his right hand and tied with an excellent left hook. Worthy’s feet gave way as he collapsed forward and ate a right hand before referee Chris Tognoni arrived on the scene.
The victory was Mullarkey’s first since May 3, 2019.
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