The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us today, March 19, 2022, for UFC Fight Night 204, going down live from the O2 Arena in London, England.
Headlining the event is a heavyweight clash between former M-1 & Bellator champion Alexander Volkov (No. 6) and rising contender Tom Aspinall (No. 11).
Co-headlining the event is Dan Hooker’s return to the featherweight division, as he takes on No. 7 ranked Arnold Allen.
Kicking off the main card, Ilia Topuria steps up on short notice to take on Jai Herbert in a lightweight contest.
Jai Herbert enters this contest looking to make it 2 in a row after coming off of an impressive win over Khama Worthy. Although Herbert’s suffered 2 of his 3 losses within his last 3 bouts, the former Cage Warriors champion was on quite a tear before blasting onto the UFC platform, with his win over Worthy solidifying his place in the company.
Undefeated, Ilia Topuria enters this bout on short notice after a January matchup with two different opponents fell out. “El Matador” last saw the cage in 2021 when he was ground and pounding Ryan Hall en route to a first-round TKO.
Continue reading to see how the lightweight bout between Jai Herbert and Ilia “El Matador” Topuria went down at UFC Fight Night 204
Round 1: The fighters touch gloves and Herbert is the first to commit with several jabs to gauge distance. Herbert lands a hard left hook that staggers Topuria backward amid an exchange. Herbert lands a flush head kick that drops Topuria in his tracks. Herbert hesitates momentarily to pounce, thinking the bout is over. Topuria immediately grabs a leg in an attempt to recover. The bout gets back to the feet and Topuria scores a takedown, then passes to side control and peppers elbows to a grounded Herbert. Herbert is able to avoid any severe damage, resumes full guard and scramble back to his feet while Topuria has a hold of a single leg. With under 30 seconds left, Herbert lands a flush lead knee that sends Topuria’s mouthpiece flying. Herbert puts the pressure on for the remaining moments with his hands, landing several times before the bell.
MyMMANews scores round 1 for Jai Herbert. 10-8
Round 2: Herbert starts the round with several leading jabs followed by a lead knee. Topuria lands a flush right hand to Herbert’s jaw, putting him on his heels. Topuria continues his forward pressure, letting his hands go with Herbert looking to exchange, also. Topuria fires a 4-piece combination, finalizing with a left hook to the body and a cracking right hand over top that folds Herbert and sends him crashing to the canvas as Topuria walks off with his hand raised.
Official result: Ilia Topuria defeats Jai Herbert via KO at 1:07 round 2.
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