The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us tonight, June 3, 2023, for UFC on ESPN 46, going down live from the UFC Apex in Enterprise, Nevada.
Headlining the event is a highly anticipated flyweight encounter between no. 3 ranked Kai Kara-France (24-10, 1 NC) and no. 7 ranked Amir Albazi (16-1).
Co-headlining the event is a featherweight bout between Alex Caceres (20-13, 1 NC) and Daniel Pineda (28-14, 3 NC).
Our preliminary co-main event of the evening came in the heavyweight division between former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski (34-22, 2 NC) and Don’Tale Mayes (10-5, 1 NC).
Arlovski came into the bout having gone 6-2 over his latest eight appearances, while Mayes had gone 2-1 (1 NC) over his last four.
Continue reading to see how this heavyweight encounter went down:
Official Result: Don’Tale Mayes def. Andre Arlovski via TKO (punches) at 3:17 of round two
Round one is very much a feeling out process between these two.
Arlovski lands a nice right hand early on, and another good right to the body about two minutes in. Arlovski is looking to be the much sharper of the two, though Mayes catches him with an elbow followed by a right hand that wobbles him at the very end of the round.
Mayes picks his shots well in the second, landing a hard rear uppercut early in the round. Arlovski lands some good shots of his own in this round but is ultimately caught with a perfectly timed and placed right hook by Mayes that sits him down.
A few follow up punches later and Don’Tale Mayes has defeated his first world champion opponent.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) June 4, 2023
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