The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us tonight, December 17, 2022, for the final promotional event of the year, UFC Vegas 66.
Headlining the event is a middleweight match up between no. 3 ranked former title challenger Jared Cannonier (15-6) and no. 7 ranked Sean Strickland (25-4), and it is to be co-headlined by a lightweight bout showcasing no. 9 ranked Arman Tsarukyan (18-3) and no. 12 ranked Damir Ismagulov (25-1).
Opening up the main card tonight was a middleweight contest between Michal Oleksiejczuk (17-5) and Cody Brundage (8-2). Both of these men are touted knockout artists, with Oleksiejczuk having gone 1-0 since dropping down to 185 lbs, and Brundage having gone 2-1 thus far into his UFC tenure.
Continue reading to see how this middleweight affair went down:
Official Result: Michal Oleksiejczuk def. Cody Brundage via KO (punches) at 3:16 of round one
Brundage secures an early takedown to begin the contest and has Oleksiejczuk’s back with one hook in for the first two minutes. He’s holding the position well, but as he tries to turn his hips and secure mount, Oleksiejczuk spins into him and ends up on top.
Oleksiejczuk takes his time and reigns down some heavy punches and elbows from top position. One of these punches hurts Brundage badly, and Oleksiejczuk goes for the kill, absolutely unloading on him en route to the first round KO stoppage.
Michal Oleksiejczuk is now 4-1 in his last five, the last three victories of which coming via first round knockout, as he improves his professional record to 18-5 (13 knockouts) at UFC Vegas 66.
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