Dagestan has a brand new undefeated prospect within the UFC — and this one is a heavyweight.
A former volleyball participant for the Dagestan nationwide crew earlier than he was found by legendary MMA coach Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, Shamil Gaziev (11-0) wanted simply three minutes to demolish beforehand unbeaten Greg Velasco (6-1) and safe a no brainer UFC contract in Tuesday’s Contender Sequence primary occasion on the UFC APEX.
Gaziev, 33, knocked down Velasco with the primary punch of the combat, a depraved proper hand that instantly put the American on the defensive. Gaziev then pounced on his fallen prey, took Velasco’s again within the ensuing scramble, and compelled the fight-ending tapout with a rear-naked choke on the 2:38 mark of Spherical 1.
“My aim is to win a title,” Gaziev stated. “That day, you will note me completely satisfied.”
In maybe probably the most spectacular efficiency of the night time, Brazilian light-weight Kaynan Kruschewsky (15-1, 1 NC) put Dylan Mantello (7-3) to sleep to cap off a scintillating displaying, ending his foe’s night time with a rear-naked choke lower than three minutes into the bout.
Kruschewsky, 30, began out afire, blasting Mantello with jabs and straight punches. He then took Mantello’s again off a takedown and locked within the fight-ending submission, inking his UFC take care of gorgeous ease. The stoppage formally got here at 2:52 of Spherical 1.
The opening bout of the cardboard noticed 20-year-old Brazilian flyweight Igor da Silva (8-0) steamroll over Jhonata Silva (8-2) in an emotional efficiency to earn his UFC contract.
The youngest prospect on this Contender Sequence season, da Silva dropped his countryman twice with thudding left hooks earlier than sealing his win with a flurry of ground-and-pound punches at 2:37 of the second spherical.
A adorned jiu-jitsu participant, Alencar managed the primary two rounds together with her takedowns and smothering grappling sport, nonetheless she gassed out in Spherical 3 and Luciano took benefit, blasting Alencar with punches in bunches to earn a 10-8 spherical, main all three judges to accurately flip in 28-28 scorecards.
Luciano in the end gained the putting battle 89-32 and defended 14 of 18 takedown makes an attempt. In doing so, she impressed UFC president Dana White sufficient to earn UFC deal.
The lone winner of the night to not signal a UFC contract was 31-year-old light-weight Daniel Allen (5-0), who took a hard-fought resolution over Jacobi Jones (6-2).
Regardless of being a two-time JUCO All-American wrestler, Allen led the dance from pillar to publish along with his boxing, peppering Jones with lengthy jabs and straight punches whereas utilizing his size to frustrate his fellow American. In the long run, all three judges scored the bout for Allen by way of 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28 scores, nonetheless the efficiency was not convincing sufficient for White to award him a spot within the UFC.
- Shamil Gaziev def. Greg Velasco by way of submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:38 of Spherical 1
- Daniel Allen def. Jacobi Jones by way of unanimous resolution (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Stephanie Luciano vs. Talita Alencar dominated a draw (28-28, 28-28, 28-28)
- Kaynan Kruschewsky def. Dylan Mantello by way of technical submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:52 of Spherical 1
- Igor da Silva def. Jhonata Silva by way of TKO (punches) at 2:37 of Spherical 2