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Abdul Razak Alhassan UFC Vegas 67

Abdul Razak Alhassan violently KO’s Muay Thai champion Claudio Ribeiro at UFC Vegas 67

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us tonight, January 14, 2023, for UFC Vegas 67, going down live from the UFC Apex in Enterprise, Nevada.

Headlining the event was a light-heavyweight bout between no. 7 ranked middleweight contender Sean Strickland (25-5) and no. 12 ranked middleweight contender Nassourdine Imavov (12-3).

Imavov was initially slated to face no. 13 ranked Kelvin Gastelum, however, Gastelum has been forced from the bout with a tooth injury and was replaced by Strickland five days ago.

Co-headlining the event is a featherweight matchup between no. 13 ranked Dan Ige (15-6) and Damon Jackson (22-4-1-1).

Our preliminary co-main event of the evening came in the middleweight division between a pair of lethal knockout artists in Abdul Razak Alhassan (11-5) and Claudio Ribeiro (10-2). Of their 21 combined wins, all 21 of them come via knockout. What’s more, 19 of them come in the opening round, including all 11 of Alhassan’s.

Continue reading to see how this middleweight encounter went down:

Official Result: Abdul Razak Alhassan def. Claudio Ribeiro via KO (punches) at :28 of round two

Ribeiro opens up the bout with a series of heavy leg kicks, and it appeared early that it was going to be a rough night for Alhassan. Ribeiro’s kicks were incredibly effective, and his punches coming behind some of them were also thrown with thunderous velocity.

Alhassan shoots in on a double leg and presses Ribeiro into the fence and keeps this position for much of round one.

Ribeiro is able to separate, where he continues to look sharp on the feet, but Alhassan ties him up along the cage again and keeps him there for the rest of the round, opening up with a boxing combination at the very end of the round.

Alhassan keeps this boxing-heavy approach at the start of the second and land a vicious overhand right that wobbles Ribeiro. Four more accurate, and equally as vicious overhand rights would follow; another that stumbled Ribeiro backward, and three-straight along the fence. Ribeiro couldn’t take any more and eventually falls to some of the heaviest hands in the UFC’s middleweight division.

After opening his career up with a record of 10-1, Abdul Razak Alhassan had since gone 1-4 until tonight. He picks up the first victory of his career coming outside the first round, but continues his knockout streak, marking his 12th knockout victory in 12 total wins.

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