Lightweight contender Islam Makhachev stopped Bobby Green in the first round of their main event bout on Saturday night.
His win improves his record to 22-1 with a 10-fight win streak. His record attributes 4 wins by KO and 10 by submission. His 5 previous opponents have all been notable names: Bobby Green, Dan Hooker, Thiago Moises, Drew Dober, and Davi Ramos. This victory should set the #4 lightweight contender up for talks about a title fight.
Fight of the Night bonus went to Priscila Cachoeira AND Ji Yeon Kim for their 3-round banger that could potentially be an early candidate for fight of the year, as both women traded massive blows and were wearing the damage to prove it. The fight was extremely close, with the 3rd-round potentially being scored either way. Ultimately, judges gave it to Cachoeira and spectators were a bit iffy on that decision.
Another bonus went to Wellington Turman for his Armbar victory over Misha Cirkunov. Turman was showcasing his grappling from the start of the fight, as he was on Cirkunov’s back within the first minute. Cirkunov carried Turman for the next two minutes before he was finally able to shake him off. Within another minute, Cirkunov was on top of Turman and working on a north-south choke. In the 2nd round, Turman engaged another clinch, and a Cirkunov trip brought the pair to the ground with Turman in closed guard. From here, Turman quickly and technically shot his hips up to lock in an armbar, causing a very quick tap from Cirkunov.
Another interesting submission win that came on the card was Ignacio Bahamondes, who gained his first sub of his career with a stylish ninja choke variation in the 3rd round against Rong Zhu. Bahamondes has been known for his striking, with 9 of his 13 wins coming by way of KO. However, after this performance, his future opponents might pay more attention to his submission skills.
The night ended with 4 submissions and 2 TKOs.
// MAIN CARD //
Islam Makhachev def. Bobby Green via TKO
Wellington Turman def. Misha Cirkunov via Submission (Armbar)
Priscila Cachoeira defeated Ji Yeon Kim via Unanimous Decision
Arman Tsarukyan def. Joel Alvarez via TKO
Armen Petrosyan def. Gregory Rodrigues via Split Decision
// PRELIMS //
Ignacio Bahamondes def. Rong Zhu via Submission (Ninja Choke Variation)
Josiane Nunes def. Ramona Pascual via Unanimous Decision
Terrance McKinney def. Fares Ziam via Submissions (RNC)
Jonathan Martinez def. Alejandro Perez via Unanimous Decision
Ramiz Brahimaj def. Micheal Gillmore via Submission (RNC)
Carlos Hernandez def. Victor Altamirano via Split Decision