Brunno Hulk overcomes adversity and triumphs with brutal knockout over Dustin Stoltzfus

Brazilian withstands pressure from opponent and achieves second consecutive victory with beautiful spinning elbow applied in the first round

Amid chaos in the main card clash at UFC Louisville. Bruno Hulk e Dustin Stoltzfus They fought a violent battle until someone finally fell. With great moments for both sides, it was the Brazilian who got the better of him and delivered a devastating knockout with a spinning elbow on his rival.

A big favorite at the bookmakers, the Brazilian achieved his second consecutive victory in the organization and took another step towards the top 15 in the middleweight category (up to 83,9kg). In the interview after the triumph, Hulk took advantage of the opportunity to ask for a bonus for the victory and challenged the organization's star BoNickal to perform judo x wrestling.

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Despite coming close to victory, Dustin wasted the opportunity to maintain a good moment in the organization. With the setback, the German suffered his fifth defeat in seven appearances in Ultimate.

Brunno Hulk delivers brutal knockout and triumphs at UFC Louisville

The confrontation began with athletes without touching gloves and with a lot of study in the center of the octagon. Brunno feinted kicks, walked to the sides, while Dustin tried to trap the Brazilian against the cage. Without getting flustered, Hulk tried to connect hard blows in search of the knockout, but ended up being taken down by his opponent. With his strengths in the grappling fight, Stoltzfus dominated his rival from above and looked for better positions to try for submissions. Despite the attempts, Brunno defended himself well as he tried to get back to his feet. Back to striking, the fighters experienced great drama close to the cage, as they threatened to unleash hard-hitting blows. In the final seconds, Brunno shook the German, applied hard blows and concluded the confrontation with a very well applied rotating elbow, forcing the referee to stop the fight.

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Zach Reese stars in lightning knockout and sets arena on fire

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Expectations successfully met. Known for their explosive confrontations, Zach Reese and Julian Marquez did not disappoint the Louisville public. Just 20 seconds into the fight, Zach managed to deliver a devastating sequence of blows and forced the referee to stop the fight immediately. Without suffering any scratches, the athlete excited the crowd in the arena.

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A dark horse in the bookmakers, Zach achieved his first victory in the organization after debuting with a defeat in 2023. Protagonist of great performances, the fighter achieved the fifth knockout in his career and is expected to win a performance bonus for the night after a resounding defeat over his compatriot.

Without tasting victory since 2021, Julian was knocked out for the third time in a row on his journey through Ultimate. Inconsolable after the referee's interruption, the fighter suffered the fifth defeat in his professional MMA career.

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Punahele Soriano breaks bank and defeats former UFC promise

Punahele Soriano (left) defeated Miguel Baeza (dir). Photo: Reproduction/Instagram @ufc

Considered an underdog in the bookmakers, Punahele came to the clash determined to use a single strategy: grappling and hard strikes on the ground. While violently hitting Miguel Baeza, the athlete was also able to defend himself from the beautiful submission attempts made by his rival. The confrontation was almost interrupted, but the former promise endured all the punishment suffered until reaching the judges' decision.

With the victory, Soriano escaped a delicate phase in the organization and returned to triumph after suffering two consecutive setbacks. Present in Ultimate since 2019, the athlete achieved his fourth triumph in eight appearances made by the organization.

On the other hand, Miguel put himself in an uncomfortable position in the company. Considered a promise when hired, the fighter suffered his fourth consecutive setback and now his job in the organization is at risk. The North American's last victory was in 2020.

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