The good old roundhouse kick caused more than it’s fair share of destruction this weekend, with fighters on both the UFC 201 and WSOF 32 cards utlising it to finish their foes.
World Series of Fighting bantamweight king Marlon Moraes had to go the full championship distance with Josh Hill when the pair first met in February of last year, but the Brazilian only needed 5 minutes and 38 seconds to finish the job this time around.
A generous helping of shin absolutely stuffed Hill and there was little need for the fistic dessert that Moraes served up thereafter.
With this fight, Moraes fulfilled his contractual obligation to the WSOF and is now a free agent. Riding a 12-fight win-streak, including 7 finishes, it’s likely that the 28-year-old will be fielding an offer from the UFC.
In Atlanta, at the aforementioned UFC 201 event, welterweight veteran Jake Ellenberger became the first man ever to finish the teak-tough Matt Brown via KO/TKO, folding ‘The Immortal’ in half with a thudding kick to the liver. In the process it appears that ‘The Juggernaut’, who had won just a single fight in his previous 6 outings, rescued his UFC career.
Dana White says the UFC cut Jake Ellenberger. Ellenberger flew to Vegas and asked for one more shot. Promised he'd deliver.
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However, the best use of the roundhouse kick on Saturday night came from rampaging Ukrainian light-heavyweight Nikita Krylov. ‘The Miner’ scored his 5th win in a row since losing via technical submission to Ovince St. Preux in 2014, drilling Ed Herman with a brutal left-high-kick 40 seconds into the 2nd round. The Ultimate Fighter alumnus collapsed to the ground face-first, while Krylov casually walked away with his first aloft.
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