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UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Daukaus Results: Blaydes stops Daukaus in 2nd round

UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BLAYDES vs. DAUKAUS aired live in Asia on Sunday, March 27 from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, USA. The card was stacked with ranked fighters vying to climb, and many surprising upsets thrilled in the process.

In a heavyweight main event, #4 Curtis Blaydes made exactly the statement he needed to with a flush right hand KO of #9 Chris Daukaus. The punch came less than 10 seconds into the second round, and the referee waived it off after Daukaus couldn't recover to fend off more of Blaydes' onslaught. Blaydes said,

"I think I deserve an interim title shot against (Ciryl) Gane. I want next! I wanted to put out a statement. I know everyone was waiting for me to shoot, not looking for me to strike. I'm looking to do both. I saw the opportunity and I took it."

The co-main event between women’s flyweight contenders #7 contender Joanne Wood and #9 Alexa Grasso didn't last long and followed the pattern of the evening with the underdog victory. Grasso was able to win a scramble and take Wood's back, then submitted her by rear naked choke within the first round. Grasso said,

"I'm so so happy because I told you I wanted to have my first submission... I worked this hundred and hundreds of times. I knew she was very aggressive in striking and doing those spinning things. I wanted to do it exactly that way. It's been a long road, stepping up, finally I have three wins in a row."

MMA legend and Ohio representative Matt Brown and fellow tough guy Bryan Barberena delivered a knock-down, drag-out welterweight brawl that went all the way to the judges, who awarded a narrow split decision to Barberena, to the dismay of the hometown crowd.

In a fantastic flyweight contenders' match, #6 Kai Kara-France leapfrogged #2 Askar Askarov with a close but unanimous decision victory that showcased each top flyweight's talents: Askarov's brilliant wrestling and Kara-France's striking and takedown defense.

Neil Magny gutted out a three-round split decision over Max Griffin, tying Georges St-Pierre for most wins in UFC welterweight history with 19 in the process. You can see the complete results below.

UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Daukaus Results:

Fight of the Night:

  • Matt Brown vs Bryan Barberena

Performances of the Night:

  • Curtis Blaydes
  • Chris Gutierrez

MAIN EVENT

  • Curtis Blaydes defeats Chris Daukaus via TKO (Strikes) at :17 of Round Two

CO-MAIN EVENT

  • Alexa Grasso defeats Joanne Wood via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:57 of Round One

MAIN CARD

  • Bryan Barberena defeats Matt Brown via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
  • Kai Kara-France defeats Askar Askarov via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Neil Magny defeats Max Griffin via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
  • Marc Diakiese defeats Viacheslav Borshchev via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

PRELIMS

  • Bruno Souza defeats Luis Saldana via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Matheus Nicolau defeats David Dvořák via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Manon Fiorot defeats Jennifer Maia via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Alisakhab Khizriev defeated Denis Tiuliulin via Submission (rear naked choke) at 1:58 of Round 2
  • Chris Gutiérrez defeated Batgerel Danaa via TKO at 2:34 of Round 2
  • Sara McMann defeats Karol Rosa via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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