Knockouts galore in preliminary card, Ricardo Ramos spinning back elbow, reaction
It has been utter carnage in the UFC Fight Night in Austin after five of the seven fights on the preliminary card ended with vicious knockouts.
Headlined by the featherweight fight of Calvin Kattar and Josh Emmett, the early card has delivered knockouts galore in a brutal start to the fight card.
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Middleweight Roman Dolidze KOed Kyle Daukaus with a vicious knee to the head but it was just the entree as four of the preliminary card ended in the first round.
But while it was a crazy start, it just got crazier.
Only Maria Oliveira’s women’s strawweight win over Gloria de Paula and Natalia Silva’s women’s flyweight win over Jasmine Jasudavicius went the distance as there were some wild finishes which had UFC fans excited.
Phil Hawes bashed Deron Winn in their middleweight fight, leading to referee Herb Dean to end the fight in the second round.
Winn was a bloody mess and had been pommeled until Dean felt he could take no more.
The next fight ended with a minute to go when Cody Stamann finished 37-year-old Eddie Wineland with a series of heavy blows.
In a featherweight clash between Ricardo Ramos and Danny Chavez, Ramos stunned the crowd when he delivered a spinning back elbow to finish the fight early.
”Unbelievable,” was about all the commentators could say.
Daniel Cormier added: “You dream like stuff like that. As an athlete, you dream of doing this once — this guy’s done this on multiple occasions.”
Incredibly, there have been just five spinning back elbow finishes in UFC history, two belonging to Ramos.
Ramos previously knocked Aiemann Zahabi out at UFC 217 in 2017 with the finish.
“You repeat, repeat, sometimes you connect, sometimes you don’t,” Ramos said of landing the stunning finish. “But you repeat the position 10,000 times, one day you’ll get it in the fight and today I got it one more time to show that it’s not lucky.”
USA Today’s Nolan King wrote: ‘That was legit video game s**t. Ricardo Ramos spammed all of the crazy strikes until one landed.“
But not to be outdone, Jeremiah Wells KOed Court McGee with a brilliant combination, sneaking through a huge left that saw McGee out on his feet.
“I visualised this — I am gonna do what had not been done,” Wells said of the finish. “He’s not been stopped, or submitted. But I stopped him.”
Dominick Cruz said the prelim card was “insane”.
“Everyone got knocked out on the whole card almost,” he said.
Cormier added: “It was crazy, the prelims were nuts, but the best fights are meant to be starting now. The energy in these arenas, these fans are so wanting to see live fights that fight one it’s out of control.”
It didn’t slow down either as Adrian Yanez and Gregory Rodriques added two more first round KOs, unloading some absolutely wild results.
When Joaquin Buckley finished Albert Duraev, shutting his eye with some explosive shots, the card tied the most KOs in a single night.
Fans were blown away by the wild start.
UFC lightweight Mason Jones wrote: “What!!! A!!! Card!! Nothing but fireworks so far @ufc.”
NZ Herald’s Christopher Reive said: “OK, this card has been terrifying.”
Singer/songwriter Robbie Glover tweeted: “Where did that come from, another crazy KO from nowhere, there’s something in the water tonight in Austin for sure!! That was crazy!! lol”.
The Morning Kombat Podcast added: “That has to be some of the best prelims we’ve had in a long time.”
Full UFC Austin card
Calvin Kattar vs. Josh Emmett
Kevin Holland vs. Tim Means
Joaquin Buckley defeated Albert Duraev via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 3, 0:10