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UFC Fight Night Barnett vs. Nelson: Hall’s Double KO

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Dragon Whips His Tail.

UFC Fight Barnett vs. Nelson (also called UFC Fight Night 75) took place two nights ago at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. The card was stacked but FTS was hyped for the Gegard Mousasi vs. Uriah Hall contest. Hall was a big underdog going into the match, but he’s a personal favorite. The full card was:

MatchupWeight ClassResult
Mizuto Hirota vs. Teruto IshiharaFeatherweightDraw (29-28, 28-29, 29-29)
Katsunori Kikuno vs. Diego BrandaoFeatherweightBrandao by first-round TKO
Takeya Mizugaki vs. George RoopBantamweightMizugaki by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Kyoji Horiguchi vs.Chico CamusFlyweightHoriguchi by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Gegard Mousasi vs. Uriah HallMiddleweightHall by second-round TKO
Josh Barnett vs. Roy NelsonHeavyweightBarnett by decision (48-47, 48-47, 50-45)

MMA and combat sports more generally are a science. How to beat an opponent is a lot more technical than we think. But, let’s be honest–sometimes the best part of combat sports are vicious knockouts. UFC Fight Night 75 gave us one of the best double strikes in recent UFC history. Bleacher Report posted the perfectly executed kick and knee on Twitter.

BR wrote, “Hall drilled Mousasi with the kick and followed up with a devastating flying knee. Mousasi, remarkably, held on for a while, attempting to drag Hall down for a single-leg takedown, but the damage was done. Hall would continue throwing punches until the ref waved it off at the 25-second mark of Round 2.”

Hall reminded fans how much of a beast he could be in the Octagon. Mousasi dominated the first round, taking Hall to the mat and applied a couple of rear-naked chokes. Hall survived the first round and then turned in the highlight of the night. Mousasi deserves credit for having an amazing chin. But Hall’s kick was just an appetizer for his flying knee main course.

Note: If you don’t recognize the “dragon” line, what the hell is wrong with you. Go watch Bruce Lee in “Way of the Dragon” immediately.

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