AS the UFC recovers from the events of UFC 229, the sport reminded fans of the stunning brutality in the octagon.
UFC Fight Night 138 in Moncton, Canada delivered with a series of incredible knockouts, highlighted by lightweight Don Madge’s knockout kick in the opening seconds of the second round of his fight against Te Edwards.
It was a fight between debutants but it was the South African who signalled his arrival with the stunning KO.
After an early knockdown for Madge, the fights shared the spoils in the first round but the second round was over before it began with a huge head kick knocking Edwards out before he hit the ground.
The commentators raved about the KO, saying the UFC may “have a new star”.
THAT. IS. [email protected] finishes Edwards in round 2 with a CLEAN head kick! #UFCMoncton pic.twitter.com/GbpL5XtiyN
Madge was buzzing after the fight.
“I feel incredible. It was everything we worked towards,” Madge said. “We knew if he wanted to stand with me that was going to happen.”
He may be a debutant but Madge already know the game is played, tweeting president Dana White and putting his case forward for the $50,000 bonus for performance of the night.
@danawhite that worth a 50k bonus? ??♂️ ??? @joerogan @danhardymma @ufc @brucebuffer https://t.co/ARY4FrtXdu
Asked what he’d do with the money, Madge said he “had quite a few plans”.
“My mum has taken care of me my whole life and I would like to pay her back for everything she’s done for me,” he said.
“No one wants to see their parents working until they’re old. I’d like her to calm down and start enjoying her life and hopefully I can take care of her one day.”
Brutality as Don Madge savages Te Edwards.Source:Supplied
The headliner was the light heavyweight bout between world number two Volkan Oezdemir from Switzerland and American Anthony Smith.
Smith pulled off a major upset, submitting the highly rated Swiss fighter with a long chokehold.
Oezdemir, who had blood pouring out his nose, fought valiantly and looked to break out of the hold, only for Smith to switch arms and earn the tap.
It sees Smith continue his rise in the UFC now having earned wins in the last three fights but he thinks he’s ready for a big move.
“I’ve been fighting since I was 17 years old,” he said. “My career has been up and down and I’ve had so much adversity and all I wanted was to stand in this octagon after a win and ask Dana (White), Hunter Campbell and Mick Maynard one question — my name’s Anthony Smith and I want a title shot.”
Anthony Smith called out for a shot at the UFC light heavyweight title after his win over Volkan Oezdemir.Source:AP
Social media was behind the American after the stunning victory.
Anthony Smith lost three fights in a row in 2013 with Strikeforce /UFC / Victory FC. Since then he’s gone on a 13-2 run and is one step closer to a UFC title shot #UFCMoncton
Well done @lionheartsmith ??? We all knew it was just a matter of time!! Can’t wait to see you battle for the @ufc gold!! #UFCMonctcon #ScottMortonBJJ
How does Anthony Smith start out 2018? Getting brutally stopped at a small show in Belem.
Eight months later, he’s out here headlining his second straight UFC event and very legitimately could be the next up in line for the LHW throne. What a storybook run. #UFCMoncton
Before his loss, Oezdemir was called out by world no. 11 Micsha Cirkunov after he submitted Patrick Cummins in the first round.
Oezdemir knocked Cirkunov him out in less than a minute the first round of their last meeting last May.
“I don’t think we really fought with Oezdemir,” Cirkunov, a dual Latvian-Canadian, said. “He had me, respect to him, but I will be climbing back, we will dance again.”
There were only three knockouts on the card including Madge’s stunning kick with Calvin Kattar doing the job in the first round against Chris Fishgold with a savage series of punches.
HUGE right hand over the top drops [email protected] gets the TKO win in round 1! #UFCMoncton pic.twitter.com/q5vA0c0kFK
The was some controversy in the Sean Strickland win over Nordine Taleb.
Strickland wobbled Taleb with a huge right hand but Taleb got back to his feet.
But the fight was already over at that point with commentators saying Taleb “does not have his wits about him” with Strickland taking advantage with a ground and pound before the ref called the match.
Right hand lands for Strickland and drops Taleb! #UFCMoncton @SStricklandMMA pic.twitter.com/rrweCRvA23
It may not have led to a knockout but it was a vicious battle between Nasrat Haqparast and Thibault Gouti with Gouti withstanding plenty of hard shots to go the distance.
HARD body shots from Haqparast has Gouti in SERIOUS trouble, but Gouti somehow survives. Wow! #UFCMoncton @Nasrat_MMA pic.twitter.com/aUrxktf5ny
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 138 RESULTS
Anthony Smith defeated Volkan Oezdemir via submission (rear-naked choke) — Round 3, 4:26
Michael Johnson defeated Artem Lobov via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Misha Cirkunov defeated Patrick Cummins via submission (arm-triangle choke) — Round 1, 2:40
Andre Soukhamthath defeated Jonathan Martinez via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28)
Gian Villante defeated Ed Herman via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-29)
Court McGee defeated Alex Garcia via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-28)
Sean Strickland defeated Nordine Taleb via TKO (punches) — Round 2, 3:10
Nasrat Haqparast defeated Thibault Gouti via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 30-26)
Calvin Kattar defeated Chris Fishgold via TKO (punches) — Round 1, 4:11
Talita Bernardo defeated Sarah Moras via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Don Madge defeated Te Edwards via knockout (high kick) — Round 2, 0:14
Arjan Bhullar defeated Marcelo Golm via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Stevie Ray defeated Jessin Ayari via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
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