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UFC Vegas 49: Islam Makhachev dismantles Bobby Green

Islam Makhachev did what he said would do at UFC Vegas 49 Saturday night and now the question is not if, but when he will get a lightweight title shot.

Bobby Green, who took the fight on 10 days notice when Beneil Dariush pulled out with an ankle injury, valiantly tried to use his striking but was quickly taken down and pounded out by his No. 4-ranked challenger.

The fight was stopped at 3:23 of the first round.

With the win, Makhachev (23-1-0) collected his 10th straight win and his fourth straight finish. He credited Green for stepping up to take the fight on short notice but said knew Green wouldn’t be ready for his game.

Priscilla Cachoeira and Ji Yeon Kim earned Fight of the Night while Arman Tsaryukan and Wellington Turman earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

CARLOS HERNANDEZ DEF. VICTOR ALTAMIRANO VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

RAMIZ BRAHIMAJ DEF. MICHAEL GILLMORE VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R1 2:02

JONATHAN MARTINEZ DEF. ALEJANDRO PEREZ VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

TERRENCE MCKINNEY DEF. FARES ZIAM VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R1 2:11

IGNACIO BAHAMONDES DEF. RONG ZHU VIA SUBMISSION (BRABO CHOKE) R3 1:40

MAIN CARD 

ARMEN PETROSYAN VS. GREGORY RODRIGUES

 

WINNER: ARMEN PETROSYAN VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: GREGORY RODRIGUES VIA UD

Andrews: Close fight, but Petrosyan did just enough. Both guys can have no shame with a good effort.

ARMAN TSARUKYAN VS. JOEL ALVAREZ 

 

WINNER: ARMAN TSARUKYAN VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 1:57

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JOEL ALVAREZ VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Wow! Tsarukyan smelled blood and went to the ground after it and got it. Excellent win.

JI YONG KIM VS. PRISCILLIA CACHOEIRA 

 

WINNER: PRISCILLA CACHOEIRA VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JI YONG KIM VIA UD

Andrews: Great fight. Take a bow, ladies.

MISHA CIRKUNOV VS. WELLINGTON TURMAN 

WINNER: WELLINGTON TURMAN VIA SUBMISSION (ARMBAR) R2 1:29 

ANDREWS PREDICTION: WELLINGTON TURMAN VIA TKO 

Andrews: Wow! Turman with an amazing arm-bar, Demetrious Johnson style.

MAIN EVENT

#4 ISLAM MAKHACHEV VS. BOBBY GREEN

WINNER: ISLAM MAKHACHEV VIA TKO (STRIKES) R1 3:43

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ISLAM MAKHACHEV VIA UD

Andrews: Islam was just too much. Respect to Green for taking the fight on short notice.

The next UFC event is UFC 272, which is scheduled for Mar. 5 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Colby Covington takes on Jorge Masvidal in the main event.

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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