Last-minute roster for UFC Saudi Arabia, Antonio Trócoli is knocked out by Shara Magomedov

Brazilian feels tired and succumbs to pressure from undefeated Russian in debut in the biggest MMA organization in the world

Antonio Trocoli fighting in UFC Saudi Arabia. Photo: Reproduction/X @UFC_News

Last minute climb to UFC Saudi Arabia, Antonio Trocoli tried, but could not resist the pressure of Shara Magomedov. Brazilian promise, the athlete took on the challenge of performing with less than a week to go before the event held this Saturday (22), in Riyadh. Despite being scared in the first round, the Tupiniquim showed tiredness and ended up being badly knocked out in the last round.

The commitment marked Antonio's debut in the largest MMA organization in the world. Trócoli also resumed his career after almost three years of inactivity.

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Executioner of Bruno Blindado in his UFC debut, Magomedov passed another Brazilian. In addition to this feat, the Russian maintained his unbeaten record in professional MMA, now adding 13 positive results in a row.

Tried, but didn't succeed

The fight began with Trócoli closing the distance and pressing his opponent close to the bars. The Brazilian imposed his rhythm and struck his opponent, who remained cornered. Antonio was looking for the takedown, while Shara tried to resist. Magomedov managed to move away and offset his previous damage with kicks and direct shots from long range. The Brazilian did not accuse the attacks and waited for the best moment to strike. Near the final minute, Trócoli tried another takedown, but Shara defended again. Almost at the end of the stage, Antonio didn't let go of his opponent and continued to insist on the takedown. Magomedov continued to resist and thwarted the Brazilian's intention.

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In the second round, Magomedov was the first to attack, with a series of kicks to the body and head. Trócoli tried to surround his opponent and also threw straight kicks. Shara led the actions and scored with combinations. Once again, Antonio attempted the takedown, however, the Russian showed focus on nullifying the Brazilian's strategy. Almost in the final minute, Antonio closed the distance again and tried, at any cost, to take down his opponent, but Magomedov denied his attacks.

The last round began with Magomedov launching a series of powerful kicks to Trócoli's body. The Brazilian slowed down and bet on the counterattack. The Russian continued to be more aggressive and attacked with forcefulness and precision. Antonio insisted on takedown attempts, but was unable to frustrate his opponent. Around halfway through the round, the Brazilian showed signs of fatigue and was unable to impose himself. Antonio's level of fatigue was visible. Shara then took advantage of the moment and started launching brutal attacks on the Brazilian's face. After the cross, Antonio collapsed, declaring the end of the confrontation.

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UFC Saudi Arabia results

MAIN CARD

Average weight (up to 83,9 kg): Robert whittaker defeated Ikram Aliskerov by knockout at 1m49s of R1

Heavy weight (up to 120,2 kg): Alexander Volkov derrotou Sergei Pavlovich in the unanimous decision of the judges (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

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Average weight (up to 83,9 kg): Kelvin Gastelum derrotou Daniel Rodriguez in the unanimous decision of the judges (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Average weight (up to 83,9 kg): Shara Magomedov derrotou Antonio Trocoli by knockout at 2m27s of R3

Light heavyweight (up to 93 kg): Volkan oezdemir derrotou Johnny Walker by knockout at 2m28s of R1

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Light weight (up to 70,3 kg): Nasrat Haqparast derrotou Jared gordon in the judges' split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Featherweight (up to 65,7 kg): Felipe Lima finished Muhammadjon Naimov with a rear naked choke 1m15s from R3

Welterweight (up to 77,1 kg): Rinat Fakhretdinov derrotou Nicholas Dalby in the judges' split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Bantam weight (up to 61,2 kg): Muin Gafurov derrotou Kyung Ho Kang in the unanimous decision of the judges (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Light heavyweight (up to 93 kg): Magomed Gadzhiyasulov derrotou Brendson Ribeiro in the majority decision of the judges (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)

Bantam weight (up to 61,2 kg): Chang Ho Lee derrotou Long Xiao in the judges' split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

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