Headlining the event is a middleweight matchup between no. 3 ranked former title challenger Jared Cannonier (15-6) and no. 7 ranked Sean Strickland (25-4), and it is to be co-headlined by a lightweight bout showcasing no. 9 ranked Arman Tsarukyan (18-3) and no. 12 ranked Damir Ismagulov (25-1).
Our feature fight of the night came in the flyweight division between no. 8 ranked Amir Albazi (15-1) and promotional newcomer Alessandro Costa (12-2). Albazi came in having won his last four-straight, going 3-0 inside the octagon thus far, while Costa came in riding a seven-fight win streak.
Continue reading to see how this flyweight contest went down:
Official Result: Amir Albazi def. Alessandro Costa via TKO (punches) at 2:13 of round three
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Costa does surprisingly well in the opening round, he offers up much resistance to Albazi, who was unable to get much of anything going aside from a few slick jabs. The same could be said for Albazi though, he didn’t allow Costa to do much either.
The tide takes a side early on in the second however, as Albazi sits Costa down with a hard straight right and capitalizes on the position. He remains on top, in Costa’s guard for the remaining four-plus minutes.
Albazi reigns down some heavy punches and elbows from top position, mixing it up to the head and body beautifully.
Nearly one minute into the third and final round and Albazi ducks under a punch from Costa and double legs him back down to the mat. Costa is back to his feet 50 seconds later however but gets caught with a nasty right uppercut shortly thereafter that floored him instantly. A couple follow up punches later and the fight was stopped.
Amir Albazi is now 16-1 as a professional, improving to 4-0 inside the octagon tonight at UFC Vegas 66.
After decisions flooded the prelims, six of the seven bouts going the distance, we’ve now had four-straight knockouts to begin the main card.
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