Aussie Mullarkey sent to sleep in devastating KO; Izzy erupts as Kiwi star loses: UFC Wrap

The rise of Australia’s talented UFC prospect Jamie Mullarkey came to a shuddering halt at UFC Vegas 74 on Sunday when the gifted lightweight prospect copped a devastating knockout defeat.

Mullarkey was fighting a last-minute replacement in Tajikistani debutant Muhammad Naimov, the biggest underdog on the entire card at around $4.50 odds after being called up only on Tuesday.

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Yet, Naimov wasn't dismayed by the one in a million chances, and came out firing bombs in an ever changing opening several rounds. Mullarkey used his rangy punch well and seemed to be marginally on top, landing 43 strikes to Naimov's 20 halfway through the second round.

Yet, as Mullarkey supported up his rival and walked in on a bring down feint, he was gotten with a thunderous counter right snare that landed level on the chin and sent the Australian crashing to the canvas.

Naimov leapt to finish the bout with a couple of extra shots on his downed opponent, with the referee quickly stepping in to end the fight at 2:59 in the second round.

It was 28-year-old Mullarkey's sixth loss in his MMA vocation to go with his 16 wins, and ends a two-fight win streak that saw him take steps to rise into the rankings.

For the previous Competitor Series fighter Naimov, it was a first UFC win on his presentation, taking him to 9-2 by and large.

“The last three years have been a really hard time,” Naimov said. “Three years, I carried a lot of things in this sport. Today it pays off. A lot of people wait for this debut. Nobody believed I can beat this lightweight. Featherweight, you guys have a problem. You guys have a big problem.

“You guys have a new king. That short guy [Alexander Volkanovski], Max Holloway, forget about them. I’m here.”

Such is the popularity of UFC in Tajikistan that thousands of fans gathered in a football stadium to watch the bout – despite it taking place after 4am local time.


Later in the main occasion, Iraqi fighter Amir Albazi guaranteed a controversial split decision victory over New Zealand's Kai Kara-France after an entertaining five rounds in the Octagon.

Judges scored the flyweight bout 48-47, 47-48, 48-47 in support of Albazi despite Kara-France landing 89 significant strikes to his adversary's 51.

It was Albazi's sixth consecutive UFC victory and Kara-France's second straight loss.

After a conditional start, Albazi undermined a submission finish in the third round subsequent to locking Kara-France in a backside strangle hold on the floor, however the Kiwi successfully escaped.

The rest of the contest was an arm wrestle, with the two fighters landing vicious jabs all through the taxing 25 minutes. In any case, the result sparked warmed banter on social media.

Israel Adesanya, the UFC's middleweight champion and City Kickboxing colleague, was especially scathing in his assessment of the scorecards on social media.

"I tweeted that before seeing the scorecards because I knew them two will f*** it up!!" composed Adesanya.

"Hoooow commonly will they deny athletes of their moments of magnificence, if their cash, their job for their loved ones. F*** them c***s, they need to lapse rapidly and go. Mike Ringer was the main appointed authority to score this appropriately, the other two deff need to disappear."

Australian featherweight king Alexander Volkanovski referred to it as "insane" to grant Ami cycle four.

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