Andre Fialho’s aggression nearly cost him an early finish. But when short-notice replacement Cameron VanCamp got a little too eager, he capitalized for the first finish at UFC 274.
A left hook rotated VanCamp’s jaw and sent him to the canvas for the KO stoppage at the 2:35 mark of the first round on Saturday at Footprint Center in Phoenix.
Check out the finish and its aftermath below.
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Sparks flew between Fialho and VanCamp at the weigh-in, and from the outset of the preliminary-card bout, both were eager to engage. Fialho instead pressed for the action using low kicks as well as punches. However, this strategy backfired initially when he was caught with a hook which visibly wobbled his hand. The forward charge was over.
As it turned out that the Portuguese-born fighter was perfectly happy to give VanCamp some of his medicine after the American became too excited about the finish and took a nasty shot. VanCamp kept VanCamp’s integrity by using the check left hook Fialho, but he continued his charge and learnt the second lesson.
Fialho is now 2-1 in the octagon after a debut against Michel Pereira ended in a decision setback, and he’s earned consecutive first-round finishes after stopping Miguel Baeza in April. VanCamp’s first appearance in the octagon saw him snap a 4-fight regional streak.