UFC 261 started on a violent note as the early prelims were bookended by two nasty TKOs.
Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal are headlining the stacked card, with Rose Namajunas’ bout against Zhang Weili the co-main event, but there was plenty of action beforehand to whet the appetite of fight fans.
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Ariane Carnelossi demolished Liang Na with a second-round finish in the first fight of the night in Florida, unleashing a heavy dose of ground and pound after securing top position following a takedown, leaving the referee no choice but to wave the contest off.
Danaa Batgerel took less than a minute to annihilate Kevin Natividad, swatting away an advance with a brutal left hook that dropped his opponent.
A disoriented Natividad tried to carry on but Batgerel wasn’t going to waste his chance, letting loose with a flurry of punches to end the fight in just 50 seconds.
IT'S ALL OVER!! 😱 Danaa Batgerel in under a minute to close the Early Prelims!! 🔥 #UFC261pic.twitter.com/ujE0Gnz7TO
Danaa Batgerel defeated Kevin Natividad via TKO (R1, 0:50)
Kazula Vargas defeated Rong Zhu via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28 x 2)
Jeffrey Molina defeated Aori Qileng via unanimous decision (29-28 x 2, 29-27)
Ariane Carnelossi defeated Liang Na via TKO (R2, 1:28)
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