A stunning KO during the UFC main event on Saturday night is generating big buzz on the Internet this morning. Fabio Maldonado didn't even last 35 seconds in the ring when he faced Stipe Miocic at the Brazil UFC event. MMA Junkie reported on the fight and the rest of the card on June 1. The site reported that Saturday night's bout was the shortest fight of Maldonado's career.
Even with the main event being completed in quick fashion, fans still had plenty to see during the UFC event in Brazil. The winners of the current season of "The Ultimate Fighter" were crowned during the event. The two winners are the 35th and 36th to be crowned from the reality series. In seven of the 12 bouts during the event, the winners won due to a knockout or submission.
For his win, Miocic received a $50,000 bonus after the event. His record in the UFC is six wins and one loss. That loss was by knockout. His MMA record is 12 wins and one loss. The TUF Brazil 3 Finale took place at the Sao Paulo’s Ibirapuera Gymnasium, and it was reported that 8,986 attended the event.
Video of the event shared by Canada Journal showed how quickly Maldonado was handled during his bout. A big right hand was behind his fall to the mat, and Miocic continued to pummel him until the fight was stopped by the referee. Miocic was originally scheduled to fight Junior dos Santos during the event, but that fighter had to back out due to a broken hand. Maldonado stepped in to take on the bout with less than a month's notice, according to MMA Junkie.
Will Miocic take on his original opponent at a later date? He was asked if he would reschedule his bout with Junion dos Santos after his win in Brazil on Saturday night. The UFC is not rushing to reschedule the event though. He said the following in a press conference following the event, according to MMA Fighting: "If it happens, it happens. I’m just happy with the ‘W’ I got tonight. I just want to get back home to hang out with my family."
Miocic also admitted during the press conference that he landed a good punch on Maldonado. The video of the event makes that very clear. What do you think? Did you watch this stunning KO when the event aired on Fox Sports 1 on Saturday night? Share your thoughts on the bout below.