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.
Opening up the card tonight was a middleweight bout between former CFFC middleweight champion Kyle Daukaus (11-2) 1 NC and former WWFC light-heavyweight champion Roman Dolidze (9-1).
Continue reading to see how this bout went down:
Official Result: Roman Dolidze def. Kyle Daukaus via TKO (knee & punches) at 1:13 of round one
An early eye poke pauses the action, before Dolidze lands a thunderous left hook that badly hurts and drops Daukaus, who then shoots on a takedown.
Daukaus’ takedown attempt is less than effective however, as he’s stuffed and pressed into the fence by the incredibly strong Georgian. Dolidze lands a vicious knee to the face of Daukaus, who’s back is to the fence, and he just crumbles.
Dolidze follows up with a few extra shots for the stoppage just over one minute into the first.
Kyle Daukaus was a pretty heavy favorite going into this fight, but that just goes to show you how unpredictable mixed martial arts is.
Roman Dolidze is now 10-1 as a professional (4-1 UFC), and is now on a two-fight win streak following the biggest victory of his young career.
What a way to open up the card tonight at UFC on ESPN 37!
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