UFC Fight Night Tampa gave Glover Teixeira his third consecutive win last night. The Brazilian mixed martial artist knocked out former champion Rashad Evans in under two minutes, the Daily Mail reports.
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Teixeira fell Evans, who’s also called ‘Suga,’ with a left hook and then delivered three debilitating shots that left Evans unconscious.
According to the Daily Mail, this win establishes Teixeira as a top Division 1 contender. After the fight, he called for a bout between him and top light-heavyweight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, a fighter who is known for his knock outs.
“I fit in right at the top. ‘Rumble’ Johnson, he’s waiting around for Jones and Cormier, but he don’t want to wait around,” Teixeira said in a post-fight interview with Joe Rogan. “Let’s dance, baby. Let’s make some money.”
The Daily Mail reports that Anthony Johnson was in the audience and applauded when Teixeira called him out.
Elsewhere at UFC Fight Night Tampa, Rose Namajunas was victorious over Tecia Torres in three rounds and was declared the winner by a unanimous judges decision, The Metro UK reports. Like Teixeira, this win could prove to be a real career boost for Namajunas, as it singles her out as a contender in the women’s strawweight division.
As the Daily Mail notes, Namajunas dodged repeated attempts by Torres to land a blow and used her superior reach to outplay Torres in all three rounds. Namajunas, who is also known as “Thug Rose,” also used her formidable jab to block Torres when she tried to get into striking range.
Also at UFC Fight Night Tampa, Russian fighter Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov reminded the audience why he’s a lead contender in the lightweight division. As Yahoo Sports reports, Nurmagomedov made a triumphant return to the octagon at UFC Tampa, beating Darrell Horcher.
As the article on Yahoo Sports notes, Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov has had a rocky journey to the UFC title, as he has been delayed by injuries. But none of those injuries seemed to affect him during his bout with Horcher on Saturday night.
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“I feel like I am set out of jail. Now I’m free. Now you see how dangerous the eagle is when hungry,” a happy Nurmagomedov said after the bout. He then aimed a target at the current UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. Nurmagomedov beat Rafael dos Anjos in his last fight before injuries took him out of the octagon for a while.
“I saw Rafael dos Anjos call me out. I finish my business,” the undefeated Russian said in the post bout interview. “You talk about let’s finish this business. Two years ago in Florida, I finish this business. I beat you, like, unanimous decision. Let’s go finish this business. I see you in September, October, or maybe November in New York. I am ready for anyone.”
Yahoo Sports reports that Nurmagomedov started slowly against Horcher, as he shook off some of the dust that accumulated during his time off. But soon the Russian lightweight contender picked Horcher up and slammed him against the canvas at around the halfway point during the first round. Then, after working his way to side control, he dominated Horcher with his elbows and then thrashed him with punches until the end of the first round.
In the second round, Nurmagomedov locked in Horcher’s arms early on, leaving him prone to the Russian’s heavy elbows and punches. Although Horcher tried to buck, he couldn’t retaliate against Nurmagomedov’s superior advantage. Eventually, the referee was forced to stop the fight.
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