The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Las Vegas, Nevada tonight, July 31, 2021, as UFC Vegas 33 goes underway live on ESPN & ESPN+.
Headlining the card is a match up of ranked middleweights, as Uriah Hall takes on Sean Strickland in the five-round main event of the evening. Both men come into this bout on four-fight win streaks, the first four-fight win streaks of their promotional careers, and both look to make it five-straight inside the octagon for the first time.
Co-headlining the event was scheduled to be a bantamweight bout between Rani Yahya and Kyung Ho Kang, but it was cancelled due to Yahya testing positive for Covid-19.
Instead, Cheyanne Buys battled Gloria de Paula in the co-main event, both women of which were in search of their first octagon victories.
There were a few cancelled bouts tonight, such as the co-main event between Rani Yahya and Kyung Ho Kang, as well as Roman Kopylov versus Sam Alvey, Shamil Abdurakhimov versus Chris Daukaus, former title challenger Alex Perez versus potential future champion Askar Askarov, Nicco Montano missing weight by seven pounds, cancelling her bout with Wu Yanan, and a number of others.
The second bout on the main card tonight was a featherweight bout between Melsik Baghdasaryan and Collin Anglin.
Baghdasaryan is a professional kickboxing champion with a record of 9-2 in the sport, and he also boasts a perfect 3-0 record in boxing. He’s 5-1 as a mixed martial artist coming in with four knockouts.
His opponent on the other hand is 8-1 as a professional with five knockouts to his own credit.
Continue reading to see how this featherweight bout went down:
Official Result: Melsik Baghdasaryan def. Colin Anglin via TKO (head kick & punches) at 1:50 of round two
Baghdasaryan opens up the fight with a series of hard kicks, followed by some overhand lefts.
Everything he lands has a massive impact, and he’s already got Anglin on the backfoot.
Baghdasaryan continues piecing Anglin up, before Anglin tries to tie up with him and negate his vicious striking.
Anglin times Baghdasaryan coming in at just the right moment and double legs him, but Baghdasaryan is right back to his feet and continues his attack. He lands a series of back-to-back straight lefts, stunning Anglin badly. However, Anglin was able to survive the final 20 seconds until round two.
Baghdasaryan is clearly pacing himself more than he did at the start of round one, which is to be expected. He’s coming over from careers in boxing and kickboxing, both of which have three-minute rounds.
Baghdasaryan then starts landing some hard combinations, before catching Anglin with a beautiful head kick that dropped him. A few punches later, and we have another upcoming professional kickboxer in our featherweight division.
Click here to see how the rest of the fights went down tonight.
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