UFC Vegas 56 video: Alonzo Menifield bludgeons Askar Mozharov with brutal elbows for first-round finish


Alonzo Menifield wasn’t playing games when he dispatched UFC newcomer Askar Mozharov in the first round of the opening bout on the main card at UFC Vegas 56.

With controversy swirling around Mozharov all week long due to a suspect record in his MMA career, Menifield made quick work of him after landing a pair of takedowns in the opening round.

After placing Mozharov down on the ground, Menifield unleashed a torrent of elbow strikes against his opponent, who was stuck in the Crucifix position. That was enough to win the match. The stoppage came at 4:40 in the first round.

“The dude’s got three records,” Menifield said afterward. “It pissed me off. I was furious. He would swing like a mad man, I knew. I said let’s do MMA. I took him down and I beat the crap out of him. This game is proving me right. I am unlocked, and ready to assist .”

It took seconds for Menifield to rush across the cage and plant Mozharov on the canvas, with the Contender Series veteran content applying pressure from the top while peppering away with punches. Mozharov looked stuck on the bottom as he was just holding on, perhaps hoping for a stand-up from the referee.

When Mozharov finally got back on his feet, Menifield started throwing wild punches and Menifield was able to land another takedown. From there, Menifield trapped the arms in the crucifix position where he first landed a couple of short punches.

It didn’t take long for Menifield to get enough room to then start launching elbows with Mozharov’s head bouncing off the canvas and that was enough for the referee to rush in to stop the fight before too much damage was dished out.

Now 3-1 in his past four outings, Menifield remains a prospect to watch as he picks up another impressive finish to add to his growing resume.