Just past the midway point of the opening round, Zaleski unleashed a spinning kick that caught Strickland on the temple, and sent his opponent to the canvas. The Brazilian followed up with ground-and-pound and that was the end of the fight. A sensational win for Zaleski, who has now won five straight, and he’s the first man to stop Strickland.
Watch the incredible kick below:
Here’s Tim Burke’s play-by-play of the entire fight:
Round 1 - They both throw a few kicks that don’t connect. Strickland with a jab. Head kick from Dos Santos connects. Pressing combo from Dos Santos. Strickland stuffs a Dos Santos shot and caught him with a quick right. Another head kick from Dos Santos. Low kick now. Jab from Strickland. Spinning capoeira from Dos Santos drops Strickland! He jumps on him and pounds him out! WOW that was amazing!
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos defeated Sean Strickland via KO (strikes), 3:12 of round 1
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