The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us tonight, June 18, 2022, for UFC on ESPN 37, going down live from the Moody Center in Austin, Texas.
Headlining the event is a featherweight bout between a pair of ranked contenders in Calvin Kattar (23-5) and Josh Emmett (17-2), and co-headlining is a welterweight showcase between Kevin Holland and Tim Means, as Donald Cerrone versus Joe Lauzon fell through on fight day for the second time in a row this spring.
Phil Hawes and Deron Winn faced one another in a 185 lb contest tonight.
Continue reading to see how this middleweight bout went down:
Official Result: Phil Hawes def. Deron Winn via TKO (elbows) at 4:25 of round two
Hawes is looking incredible right out of the gate, getting his jab and cross going, both of which land for him throughout the first five minutes. He can’t miss them. Hawes drops Winn momentarily with a hook, before Winn gets his feet back under him and is dropped with an even more vicious cross.
Winn needs to try and wrestle here, but he hasn’t even tried for a takedown, not one, as he continues to get battered.
Hawes then begins to land a series of nasty elbows, stepping in with them. He’s really looking incredible tonight.
Hawes picks up in the second right where he left off in the first, by battering Winn, and even taking him down. He held top position whilst landing a number of punches before Winn is able to work his way up.
But, while he makes his way up, he still isn’t trying to wrestle. Winn is having his moments here and there, but Hawes is far too active, and far too accurate to continue this fight on the feet.
It’s quite uncharacteristic of Winn to fight like this, he always relied so heavily on his wrestling. Relying on his striking really cost him tonight, as he was stopped toward the end of round two with another series of vicious elbows.
What a performance by Phil Hawes, he improves to 12-3 with this victory.
Two fights, two knockouts thus far at UFC on ESPN 37.
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