The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us tonight, May 21, 2022, for UFC Vegas 55, headlined by former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm and no. 6 ranked contender Ketlen Vieira.
Co-headlining the event is a welterweight bout between a pair of Brazilian strikers in Santiago Ponzinibbio and Michel Pereira.
Our feature fight of the night came in the middleweight division between former kickboxer Chidi Njokuani and owner of BJJ and Taekwondo black belts Dusko Todorovic.
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Continue reading to see how this epic middleweight contest went down:
Official Result: Chidi Njokuani def. Dusko Todorovic via KO (elbow) at 4:48 of round one
Njokuani gets to work and presses Todorovic back, and as soon as he throws a leg kick Todorovic is in on a takedown attempt. Njokuani stuffs it quite handily to our surprise, sprawls out, and locks up an anaconda choke.
One could think this is a terrible idea for him, being a former kickboxer and trying to submit a BJJ black belt, but he does lock it in tightly. Todorovic is out of it not long afterward however and remains in top position.
Todorovic is clearly the superior grappler of the two, that much is evident, but Njokuani is able to work his way back up and lands some nasty knees to the body whilst in the clinch.
This set up an absolutely vicious right elbow to the temple, and Todorovic’s legs go out from under him. The fight was justly stopped immediately considering.
Chidi Njokuani came to the UFC after going 3-3 over his last six, and begins his UFC career with back-to-back first round knockouts over very highly touted prospects.
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