Adrian Yanez viciously knocks Tony Kelley out at UFC on ESPN 37

Adrian Yanez viciously knocks Tony Kelley out at UFC on ESPN 37

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us tonight, June 18, 2022, for UFC on ESPN 37, going down live from the Moody Center in Austin, Texas.

Headlining the event is a featherweight bout between a pair of ranked contenders in Calvin Kattar (23-5) and Josh Emmett (17-2), and co-headlining is a welterweight showcase between Kevin Holland and Tim Means, as Donald Cerrone versus Joe Lauzon fell through on fight day for the second time in a row this spring.

Opening up the main card tonight, as a result of the ‘Cowboy’ vs ‘J-Lau’ cancellation, was a bantamweight bout between Adrian Yanez (15-3) and Tony Kelley (8-2).

Yanez had gone a perfect 4-0 inside the octagon to date coming in, while Kelley had a promotional record of 2-1, coming out the victor in his last two performances.

Continue reading to see how this epic bantamweight clash went down:

Official Result: Adrian Yanez def. Tony Kelley via KO (punches) at 3:49 of round one

Kelley opens up the bout with a head kick, which Yanez blocked, and followed it up with a flying knee. Yanez counters with a punch and drops Kelley, who then becomes a little more technical following.

Yanez takes the center of the octagon, and after a couple minutes of making reads, counters every time Kelley strikes, and he’s beginning to hurt Kelley as the shots continue to come.

The body shots, shovel hooks of Yanez are really something to behold, he’s landing them at will. Upstairs to downstairs, downstairs to upstairs, he’s lighting Kelley up.

Yanez then lands some hooks upstairs to get the stoppage, which came a bit later than it should’ve honestly. It should’ve been a TKO, but the referee let it continue until Kelley was completely out.

Mini Masvidal is now 16-3 (5-0 UFC), and he just continues to grow, becoming better and better.

Still at only 28 years of age, the future of Adrian Yanez is looking incredibly bright.

Six knockouts in eight fights so far tonight at UFC on ESPN 37.

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Brady Ordway
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