Dwight Grant (9-2) pulverizes Carlo Pedersoli, sending his mouthpiece flying with a first-round buzzer beater! The Contender Series grad is 8-1 in his last nine; he has finished seven of nine wins by knockout. #UFCPrague pic.twitter.com/7fEkt4NjpN— Bulgogi Jones (@Hamderlei) February 23, 2019
Dwight Grant may have put himself on the Ultimate Fighting Championship highlight reel in perpetuity.
The American Kickboxing Academy export wiped out Carlo Pedersoli Jr. with a devastating right cross and follow-up punches in the first round of their featured welterweight UFC Fight Night 145 prelim on Saturday at the O2 Arena in Prague. Pedersoli (11-3, 1-2 UFC) bit the dust 4:59 into Round 1, and though he protested the stoppage, he appeared to lose consciousness at one point.
The two men fought to an impasse for much of the first round. In the waning moments of the period, Grant (9-2, 1-1 UFC) uncorked a beautiful counter right hand that floored his Italian adversary and sent his mouthpiece flying. The Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series alum pounced on the fallen Pedersoli and pounded away with punches until the deed was done.
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Fishgold Taps Reeling Teymur
Former Cage Warriors Fighting Championship titleholder Chris Fishgold disposed of Daniel Teymur with a rear-naked choke in the second round of their undercard pairing at 145 pounds. Teymur (6-3, 0-3 UFC) bowed out 70 seconds into Round 2, suffering his third consecutive defeat.
Fishgold (18-2-1, 1-1 UFC) benefitted from a first-round point deduction, as his Swedish adversary was penalized for a blatant fence grab. He engaged the flustered Teymur at close range, delivered a late takedown and achieved full mount before biting down on an armbar. Teymur survived, but the writing was on the wall. Fishgold secured another takedown inside the first minute of Round 2, advanced to the back and locked in the choke for the tap.
The 26-year-old Fishgold has 13 submission victories on his resume, more than half of them by rear-naked choke.
Robertson Choke Submits Macedo
American Top Team’s Gillian Robertson submitted Veronica Macedo with a rear-naked choke in the second round of their undercard confrontation at 125 pounds. Macedo (5-3-1, 0-3 UFC) conceded defeat 3:27 into Round 2 and remains winless inside the Octagon.
Robertson (6-3, 3-1 UFC) struck for a takedown and advanced to full mount in the first round but could not capitalize and fought to a virtual stalemate on the ground, with the two women’s exchanging positions. Macedo had her moments in the middle stanza, where she assumed top position and applied her ground-and-pound. However, Robertson sprang a reversal from the bottom, slid immediately to mount and ultimately advanced to the back. Once there, she snaked her arms in place and cinched the choke.
The 23-year-old Robertson has registered four wins across her last five outings.
Hadzovic Bullies, Punches Out Reyes
Cage Warriors Fighting Championship veteran Damir Hadzovic put away “The Ultimate Fighter Latin America” Season 2 semifinalist Marco Polo Reyes with punches in the second round of their preliminary lightweight scrap. Reyes (8-5, 4-2 UFC) succumbed to blows 2:03 into Round 2.
Hadzovic (13-4, 3-2 UFC) controlled the early standup exchanges with his jab and a series of sneaky left hooks. He secured a takedown at the start of the second round, climbed to full mount and started dropping punches and elbows. Reyes then surrendered his back in a final desperate bid to defend himself. However, Hadzovic flattened out the 34-year-old and let go with punches until referee Leon Roberts had seen enough.
Hadzovic has won nine of his past 11 bouts.
Replacement Naurdiev Upsets Prazeres
Crisp standup and stellar takedown defense carried promising Austrian prospect Ismail Naurdiev to a unanimous decision over Michel Prazeres in a three-round undercard encounter at 170 pounds. A short-notice substitution for the injured Ramazan Emeev, Naurdiev (18-2, 1-0 UFC) was awarded 30-26, 30-27 and 30-27 nods on the scorecards.
Prazeres (26-3, 10-3 UFC) pursued clinches and takedowns but was surprisingly ineffective. Naurdiev chipped away with stout jabs, hearty right hands and kicks to the legs and body. By the time the third round arrived, Prazeres was a spent force. Naurdiev disengaged the Brazilian on the ground, caught him with a knee to the chest and backed him up with punches before the action spilled onto the floor. There, he battered Prazeres with punches, elbows and forearm strikes, icing the most significant win of his career.
The setback was Prazeres’ first since February 2015.
Surging Ferreira Sinks Khabilov
OnetimeLegacy Fighting Championship titleholder Carlos Diego Ferreira won for the fourth time in as many appearances, as he took a unanimous decision from Rustam Khabilov in a preliminary lightweight affair. Ferreira (15-2, 6-2 UFC) swept the scorecards with 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 marks from the judges.
Khabilov (23-4, 9-3 UFC) could not match the Brazilian’s pace. Ferreira often doubled up on his jab and fired overhand rights behind them. He threatened Khabilov with a rear-naked choke at the end of the first round, buckled his knees with a left hook in the second and did more damage in the third, capitalizing on his opponent’s passive approach. Khabilov executed several takedowns but failed to consolidate them with positional control or ground-and-pound.
The defeat brought Khabilov’s six-fight winning streak to a close.
Ismagulov Handles Newcomer Alvarez
Former M-1 Global champion Damir Ismagulov outstruck promotional newcomer Joel Alvarez to a unanimous decision in a three-round undercard clash at 155 pounds. All three cageside judges scored it the same: 30-27 for Ismagulov (18-2, 2-0 UFC), who has rattled off 13 consecutive victories.
Alvarez (15-2, 0-1 UFC) seemed stuck in neutral. Ismagulov jabbed effectively to the head and body, countered at times and punished the Spaniard with rolling overhand rights, left hooks and occasional uppercuts. Alvarez’s sturdy chin kept him upright, but he offered little in terms of meaningful offense. Perhaps most surprisingly, the submission specialist did not attempt a single takedown.
The loss snapped Alvarez’s 10-fight winning streak.