Violent finishes were the recurring theme on UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Miocic in Adelaide, Australia. The main card started off with a surprising and abrupt submission finish in the lightweight division, continued with a swift KO in the Sean O'Connell vs. Anthony Perosh clash, and then another swift KO between Robert Whittaker and Brad Tavares.
Here's a rundown of the first three main card fights on the broadcast:
In the battle of unbeatens, it was TUF 15's Vick who pulled off the big win to open up the main card. Matthews had the upper hand on Vick until Vick cracked Matthews with a double flying knee, which had Matthews scrambling to get a takedown. With Matthews searching for the takedown against the cage, Vick locked in a guillotine choke standing and then tightened it on the ground. Matthews had no choice but to tap and concede defeat for the first time in his UFC career. "The Texicutioner" continues to roll on inside the Octagon with another huge victory.
Sean O'Connell (17-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC) def. Anthony Perosh (15-9 MMA, 5-6 UFC) via TKO (punches) at :56 of round 1 - Light Heavyweights
There were perhaps only two outcomes for a stylistic clash such as this one - Perosh was going to submit O'Connell or O'Connell was going to bullrush Perosh and annihilate him on the feet. The 2nd outcome happened as O'Connell basically blitzed Perosh with a hailstorm of punches and a huge winging left hook against the cage put Perosh on wobbly legs. A series of nothing but power shots landed cleanly on "The Hippo" and a standing stoppage was made by the referee. O'Connell has won 2 straight after dropping his first 2 in the UFC, while Perosh drops to 2-3 in his last 5.
Whittaker decked Tavares with one left hook, then dropped him one more time. The Aussie had Tavares in all sorts of trouble and then dribbled his head on the canvas with incredibly violent right hands and one left hand to finish the fight. Whittaker moves to 2-0 at middleweight and drops Tavares to 1-3 in his last 4. A career-defining performance for the TUF Smashes welterweight winner Robert Whittaker.