The Ultimate Fighting Championship returned to us tonight, June 17, 2023, for UFC on ESPN 47, going down live from the UFC Apex in Enterprise, Nevada.
Headlining the event is a middleweight encounter between a pair of former title challengers in no. 3 ranked Marvin Vettori (19-6-1) and no. 4 ranked Jared Cannonier (16-6).
Co-headlining the event was a lightweight bout between Armenia’s no. 8 ranked Arman Tsarukyan (20-3) and Brazil’s Joaquim Silva (12-4). Tsarukyan came into the bout off a win over Damir Ismagulov (UD) last December, while Silva most recently defeated Jesse Ronson (TKO) in October.
Continue reading to see how our lightweight co-main event of the evening went down:
Official Result: Arman Tsarukyan def. Joaquim Silva via TKO (punches) at 3:25 of round three
Tsarukyan dominates the entirety of the first round with his wrestling, securing an early takedown and remaining on top for over four minutes that he spent both in Silva’s guard, as well as on his back.
Tsarukyan looks good in the second as well, beating Silva up on the feet with his tenacious pace and kickboxing.
Silva catches Tsarukyan with a nasty left hook however with about two minutes left in the middle stretch, wobbling him badly. It looked like we were about to witness a massive upset, but Tsarykuan ends up securing a double leg takedown immediately following and saves himself, remaining on top until the buzzer sounds.
Tsarukyan takes Silva down once again in the third and final round, and this time he went to work and beat Silva down from top position. After long enough of an assault took place, the referee was forced to stop the action.
— Spinnin Backfist (@SpinninBackfist) June 18, 2023
Arman Tsarukyan is still only 26 years old, it’s hard to imagine how good he’ll be at 30.
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