Despite two other first round knock outs, Francisco Rivera defeating Roland Delorme by 1st Round KO (4:19), was probably the most one sided beating of the night. Rivera is 2-1 as a UFC fighter with two bouts and an overall record of 9-2. This fight marks Deolorme's first in three UFC fights and he's 8-2 in his career.
From the opening bell, Rivera made Delorme look completely out matched. Both men met in the center of the Octagon, but it was clear Delorme had no desire to remain standing. He powered forward with a quick combination trying to get inside to clinch and ended up desperately reaching for a single leg takedown. After that, the KO seemed inevitable. Rivera punished Delorme with punches and kick for the next three minutes. Finally, as Roland tried to attack, Rivera hit him on the button with a tight left hook to end the fight.
What was the high point of this fight?
The short left hook that dropped Delorme. Many MMA fighters throw winging punches, but Rivera showed you don't have to throw from the hip to have power.
Where do they go from here?
This is Francisco Rivera's second UFC win in three months. Now, boasting this dominant victory, he'll need to take a step up in competition. Rivera needs a top 25 opponent next to start working his way up the division.
For Roland Delorme, this is the first bump in what had so far been a solid run in the UFC's Bantamweight division. Undoubtedly, he'll need a fight to get back on his feet, but he's no where near the chopping block.
Watch it now or later?
Now. Rivera used his vastly superior technical striking to completely shut down Delorme.
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