Brendson Ribeiro turned in a thunderous begin to his UFC profession.
The 26-year-old Brazilian gentle heavyweight was one in all 5 contract winners at Tuesday’s Contender Collection occasion, inking a UFC deal for his explosive first-round knockout of Bruno Lopes contained in the UFC APEX.
Regardless of coming in as greater than a 4-to-1 underdog, Ribeiro (15-5, 1 NC) preserved his 100-percent ending fee with a highlight-reel sequence, flooring Lopes (11-1) with a good looking one-two earlier than turning his beforehand undefeated foe’s lights out with a monster flurry of follow-up punches. The official time of the stoppage got here simply 3:47 into the bout.
“Keep tuned, be alert, as a result of ‘The Gorilla’ is right here proper now,” Ribeiro stated. “I desire a combat. Dana, put me to combat Brazil, November 4 [at UFC Sao Paulo]. Why not?”
Among the many night’s different standouts was Ukrainian bantamweight Serhiy Sidey (10-1), who scored a fast — if controversial — knockout of Ramon Tavares (8-1) on the 2:26 mark of Spherical 1. The 27-year-old prospect dropped Tavares with a lightning-quick counter one-two, then pounced with follow-up pictures to immediate referee Kevin MacDonald to cease the competition.
Sadly, replay appeared to point out that Tavares was nonetheless within the combat, nevertheless UFC executives nonetheless preferred what they noticed from Sidey and inked him to a deal.
Due to the controversial stoppage, White introduced the UFC is bringing again Tavares for one more alternative on Week 10 of this season of the promotion’s Contender Collection.
Elsewhere within the evening, former collegiate wrestler Dylan Budka (7-2) out-wrestled and outpointed Chad Hanekom (9-3) to win an uneventful middleweight contest by way of unanimous 29-28 scores. The 2 prospects spent the vast majority of the bout battling for takedowns alongside the fence, with Budka finally rising victorious in a bout that left Dana White proclaiming it as one of many worst he’d seen in Contender Collection historical past.
Regardless of that, White supplied Budka a possibility to chop right down to 170 kilos and compete within the UFC welterweight division with the assistance of the UFC Efficiency Institute.
A 26-year-old teammate of Contender Collection alumni Carlos Prates and Caio Borralho, Silva narrowly fell a step behind in a technical first spherical, nevertheless he roared again to life and almost knocked out Vallejos with an enormous barrage of pictures alongside the fence within the second, rocking his beforehand undefeated foe with a brutal knee to the top adopted by a standing elbow. Improbably, Vallejos survived to the horn, however Silva continued pouring it on all through the ultimate body to earn his contract and be a part of his teammates on the UFC roster.
In evening’s curtain jerker, Brazilian flyweight Dione Barbosa (6-2) made probably the most of her short-notice alternative, securing a UFC contract with a first-round armbar of Rainn Guerrero (5-2) after accepting the bout as a late alternative on per week’s discover. The 31-year-old Kings MMA product snatched the slick submission from backside place at 4:35 of the opening spherical, showcasing her grappling acumen following an early Guerrero takedown.
- Brendson Ribeiro def. Bruno Lopes by way of KO (punches) at 3:47 of Spherical 1
- Serhiy Sidey def. Ramon Tavares by way of TKO (strikes) at 2:26 of Spherical 1
- Dylan Budka def. Chad Hanekom by way of unanimous determination (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Jean Silva def. Kevin Vallejos by way of unanimous determination (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Dione Barbosa def. Rainn Guerrero by way of submission (armbar) at 4:35 of Spherical 1