With one other action-packed month of MMA within the books, MMA Junkie appears at one of the best knockouts from June 2020: Listed here are the 5 nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMA Junkie’s “Knockout of the Month” award for June.
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Alex Perez def. Jussier Formiga at UFC 250
Alex Perez (24-5 MMA, 6-1 UFC) may not have gone into his matchup with Jussier Formiga (23-Eight MMA, 9-7 UFC) on the brief checklist of contenders for the vacant flyweight title, however he positive got here out of it as one.
Perez put his division on discover by taking out one in every of flyweight’s longstanding contenders in Formiga through TKO, however it was one in every of the rarest types of TKO: the calf kick. Perez clobbered Formiga with calf kicks, connecting together with his proper leg to the decrease portion of Formiga’s proper. He dropped him twice with the kicks, and the second time round turned out to be one time too many.
Sean O’Malley def. Eddie Wineland at UFC 250
Sean O’Malley (11-Zero MMA, 3-Zero UFC) had proven loads of sizzle early in his UFC profession, however he didn’t but have the kind of veteran identify on his resume that signifies he actually might be on his method to the highest. Then he fought Eddie Wineland (24-14-1 MMA, 6-Eight UFC).
After some frenetic early exchanges, “Suga” arrange the fight-ending sequence. O’Malley feinted a left, Wineland bit, and O’Malley adopted by with a flawless straight proper hand to the jaw, which put Wineland to the mat and ended the bout.
Cody Garbrandt def. Raphael Assuncao at UFC 250
Former bantamweight champ Cody Garbrandt (12-Three MMA, 7-Three UFC) lastly obtained again within the win column when he defeated Raphael Assuncao (27-Eight MMA, 11-5 UFC) together with his most spectacular profession end.
Garbrandt snapped a three-fight dropping skid and obtained his hand raised for the primary time since December 2016 when he beat Assuncao by second-round knockout. After a extra reserved strategy than his latest fights, Garbrandt waited till the closing seconds of the spherical to wind up with a grenade-level proper hand that put Assuncao out on impression and spelled the tip of the struggle.
Tyson Nam def. Zarrukh Adashev at UFC on ESPN 10
Tyson Nam (19-11-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) broke his droop in probably the most sensible of how when completely obliterated Zarrukh Adashev (3-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC).
Adashev got here out with an early mini-blitz, indicating he was prepared for a scrap. Which apparently was all good with Nam, who linked clear with a picture-perfect counter proper hand simply 32 seconds into the primary spherical of the bantamweight struggle.
Tanner Boser def. Philipe Lins at UFC on ESPN 12
Tanner Boser (18-6-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) made a press release in an vital struggle in opposition to the inaugural PFL heavyweight champion Philipe Lins (14-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC).
The Canadian picked up a formidable first-round end. Boser linked with a tough proper hand that appeared to briefly stun the Brazilian, however he instantly adopted up with a fast mixture that ship Lins straight to the canvas. After Lins went down, Boser aded a pair nasty hammerfists for good measure.
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The Winner: Cody Garbrandt
Garbrandt nonetheless has it.
Shortly after the 10-second clacker sounded in Spherical 2, Garbrand landed a vicious proper hook that flattened Assuncao with one second left. Out on impression, Assuncao crumpled to the canvas facedown, forcing referee Keith Peterson to wave off the struggle.
The opening spherical was a tactical chess match. The amount of strikes thrown was low. Each fighters stayed at a distance, with Garbrandt focusing on the low calf of Assuncao, who was continually switching stances.
In Spherical 2, the tempo picked up. Garbrandt returned to focusing on Assuncao’s leg, which was carrying harm. Halfway by the spherical, Garbrandt linked on his greatest strike of the struggle – a punch, which knocked Assuncao off stability. The playful trash speak picked up, with Assuncao claiming he slipped on Garbrandt’s punch.
The dialog was all for not, nonetheless, as the following massive punch was the final. Sneaking in an enormous punch simply earlier than the horn sounded, Garbrandt picked up his first victory since December 2016.