Fight of the Night: Chidi Njokuani vs. Gregory Rodrigues
Middleweights battled in Saturday Night's co-main event at UFC Apex, as Chidi Njokuani (22-8 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Gregory Rodrigues (13-4 MMA, 4-1 UFC) put it all on the line as soon as the fight began. The first notable, and near fight ending, strike that landed was a knee from Njokuani that opened a gruesome cut between Rodrigues' eyebrows. Despite a horrific cut and taking a lot of damage from a very hard-hitting Njokuani, Rodrigues fought back, slugging it out with his dance partner for five straight minutes.
After peculation from the commentators whether the fight would be stopped from the octagon side physician between rounds, Rodrigues took control and wore down Njokuani early in the second. Once they hit the mat, the fight was essentially over as Rodrigues landed vicious ground and pound until the referee stepped in to stop the fight. This marks another impressive comeback for “Robocop” and his fourth UFC win.
Performance of the Night: Joe Pyfer
All week long, "Be Joe Pyfer," has echoed through the Apex walls in anticipation for his UFC debut. The Dana White's Contender Series alum, who won his contract eight short weeks ago in the main event of Season 6, Week 1, came out as if he'd been there 100 times.
It didn't take long for Pyfer (10-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) to find his range and start looking to land heavy strikes. With just under four minutes to go in the first round, Pyfer landed one devastating right hand that dropped "UFC Fight Night 210: Sandhagen vs. Song" opponent Alen Amedovski to the mat. Only one follow up shot was needed for the referee to step in, earning Pyfer a first round KO victory.
Performance Of The Night: Damon Jackson
After learning that his brother had tragically passed away on Tuesday, Damon Jackson (22-4-1 MMA, 5-1-1 UFC) was fighting for more than just a victory against Pat Sabatini on Saturday. With his family by his side in the stands, Jackson delivered an emotional and impressive performance.
Shortly after the fight began, Jackson landed an upkick that stunned Sabatini, backing him up to the cage. Jackson closed the distance and took the fight to the mat. Jackson unloaded strikes from top position that went unanswered, forcing the stoppage from the referee. This earns Jackson his third win this calendar year and fourth straight in the UFC.
This story first published at UFC.com.