UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs Muhammad aired live in Asia on Sunday, March 14 from the UFC Apex Arena in Las Vegas.
The Main Event between welterweight contenders #3 Leon Edwards and #13 Belal Muhammad ended in an unfortunate way. Edwards was looking sharp after a 600-day layoff and wobbled Muhammad in the first round, but Muhammad could not continue from an unintentional eye poke by Edwards early in the second, thus the bout was recorded as a No Contest.
In the co-main event between light heavyweight finishers, a finish did indeed happen in a spectacular way as Ryan Spann KOed Misha Cirkunov in just 1:11 of the first round. Spann said
"I wanted to be in the moment, be present. I wanted to be able to see everything, so I wanted to stay relaxed. Today was about laughing, joking, and being relaxed. I was a little bit nervous, wondering if it’s going to go like I think it’s going to go and how it should go, which is me touching him… Basically, how it went."
No. 9 ranked featherweight Dan Ige kept in the control of his top ten rankings with a walk-off KO of Gavin Tucker in a mere 22 seconds. It earned him his nickname "50K" award bonus for Performance of the Night.
At bantamweight, Jonathan Martinez damaged Davey Grant with low kicks and ended the first round with a big left hook knockdown. Grant came back in the second with high output, took away Martinez's striking range, and finally found a home for his 1-2 combination for the KO victory.
Manel Kape returned in short order against Matheus Nicolau in a flyweight bout that swung back and forth. Nicolau owned the first round with takedowns and control time. In the second, Kape opened up with his punches and stunned Nicolau, continuing the onslaught with lightning combinations. Nicolau surged back in the third round, while Kape defended takedowns well and finished the round strong with knees to the body. It was a close match that saw a split decision awarded to Nicolau.
In the opening fight of the main card, an unfortunate result came at the end of the first round. Eryk Anders landed an unintentional knee when Darren Stewart was downed. Stewart could not continue, so the bout was ruled a No Contest.
UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs Muhammad: OFFICIAL RESULTS: Performances of the Night:
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