No. 6 ranked UFC lightweight Rafael Fisiev suffered an early defeat against Mateusz Gamrot, but it wasn’t his wrestling technique that let him down, it was his own knee.
The bout, which headlined UFC Fight Night 228 in Las Vegas, ended at the 2:03 mark of the second round after Fisiev, rising from the floor to stand, attacked his opponent with a right kick to the body and immediately collapsed to the canvas, grabbing his left knee.
Despite the fact that the Azerbaijani’s injury was obvious, the Polish fighter landed a takedown that had to be stopped by referee Herb Dean, and then ran around the cage celebrating the victory.
As a result, Fiziev left the octagon with the help of seconds before the result was announced, and Gamrot, who formally won by technical knockout, hinted that the cause of his opponent’s injury was his defensive actions, and also announced his readiness to test his skills in a confrontation with Charles Oliveira.
According to the final scorecards, Ataman won the first round, which took place in the standup, on all three judges’ scorecards.
In the co-main event, American welterweight Bryce Mitchell defeated his compatriot Dan Ige by unanimous decision after three rounds.
In the third main event of the tournament, Marina Rodriguez finished Michelle Waterson by technical knockout in the second round.
Other results included early wins for Brian Battle, Charles Jourdain and Tim Means, while the fight between Cody Brundage and Jacob Melcoon ended with the latter disqualified for illegal elbow strikes.
All results from UFC Fight Night 228.