At UFC 290, Jesus Aguilar finished Gold Coast flyweight Shannon Ross with an overhand right, the second-fastest finish in UFC flyweight history. On Sunday, Ross was knocked out in the first round with a devastating blow that left him on the canvas for several minutes during a preliminary fight at T-Mobile Arena.
Although Aguilar is more of a submission specialist than a striker, he still managed to knock the Aussie out with a well-placed overhand right that caught him off guard. Some viewers were very concerned for Ross’s well-being after he was knocked out by the punch.
The Australian mechanic-turned-mixed-martial-arts fighter recovered eventually, and on his way out of the Octagon, he watched a replay of the punch. I’m alive and I was sure Ross was dead,’ he said. Two minutes later, he finally woke up, according to a fan writing from the venue.
This is a brutal KO. “Jesus is the real deal,” chimed in a third.As a third put it, “right hand” was brought all the way from Grandma’s.The Australian father of four suffered his third career defeat after losing his Contender Series bout via knockout.
Ross had appendicitis during fight week last year when he was scheduled to compete in Dana White’s Contender Series in Las Vegas.
After being knocked out and having emergency surgery for a ruptured appendix, he still managed to win a dream contract with the UFC.
After losing his Octagon debut to Tatsuro Taira, Aguilar will enjoy this impressive victory.Later on in today’s show at UFC 290 in Las Vegas, two of Australia’s biggest MMA stars, Alex Volkanovski and Rob Whittaker, will make history.
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After a close loss to lightweight champion Islam Makhachev at UFC 284 in February, Volkanovski, 34, will make his fifth defense of his 145-pound title.Whittaker is scheduled to face unbeaten challenger Dricus Du Plessis, and a victory would set up a rematch with Israel Adesanya for the middleweight title.