UFC on ESPN 15 video: Daniel Rodriguez knocks out Dwight Grant in potential round of the year

Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC Daniel Rodriguez had a crazy 24-hours leading to his first UFC knockout. After his original opponent Takashi Sato was pulled from the card during the UFC on ESPN 15 weigh-ins, Rodriguez accepted a fight with Dwight Grant, who also lost his opponent in the final hours leading up to the event. The welterweights then engaged in an absolute fire fight with Grant landing an early knockdown that nearly earned him a lightning quick finish. Rodriguez somehow survived and then stormed back by wobbling Grant with a punch and then pouring on the punishment until he finally put the former Contender Series away with a jaw-dropping knockout. The non-stop action finally came to an end at 2:24 in the opening round. “That was intense,” Rodriguez said after his win. “We were slinging them. That’s how I do.” RALLY COMPLETE! Daniel Rodriguez DROPS Grant to close RD 1.The action keeps rolling on #ESPNPlus pic.twitter.com/YbJkB30gNN— UFC (@ufc) August 23, 2020 As they kicked off the main card, Grant was quick to land a slick counter punch that put Rodriguez down on the canvas. Grant followed him to the ground where he fired away with a barrage of strikes in an attempt to get the finish. Listening to the referee’s instructions to fight back, Rodriguez refused to stop moving until he finally worked his way back to the feet. Rodriguez then unloaded a short shot that caught Grant off guard and rattled him immediately. It was then Rodriguez who surged ahead with a relentless series of strikes that finally saw Grant crumble to the ground as the referee rushed into stop the fight. “I kind of blacked out there for a little while,” Rodriguez said about the knockdown he suffered. “I recovered quick, I was able to land a short hook I believe it was and I was able to capitalize on that.” The win moves Rodriguez to 3-0 in the UFC in 2020 and if he has his way he’ll get at least one if not two more fights before the year is over.

UFC on ESPN 15 video: Daniel Rodriguez knocks out Dwight Grant in potential round of the year
Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Daniel Rodriguez had a crazy 24-hours leading to his first UFC knockout.

After his original opponent Takashi Sato was pulled from the card during the UFC on ESPN 15 weigh-ins, Rodriguez accepted a fight with Dwight Grant, who also lost his opponent in the final hours leading up to the event. The welterweights then engaged in an absolute fire fight with Grant landing an early knockdown that nearly earned him a lightning quick finish.

Rodriguez somehow survived and then stormed back by wobbling Grant with a punch and then pouring on the punishment until he finally put the former Contender Series away with a jaw-dropping knockout. The non-stop action finally came to an end at 2:24 in the opening round.

“That was intense,” Rodriguez said after his win. “We were slinging them. That’s how I do.”

As they kicked off the main card, Grant was quick to land a slick counter punch that put Rodriguez down on the canvas. Grant followed him to the ground where he fired away with a barrage of strikes in an attempt to get the finish.

Listening to the referee’s instructions to fight back, Rodriguez refused to stop moving until he finally worked his way back to the feet. Rodriguez then unloaded a short shot that caught Grant off guard and rattled him immediately.

It was then Rodriguez who surged ahead with a relentless series of strikes that finally saw Grant crumble to the ground as the referee rushed into stop the fight.

“I kind of blacked out there for a little while,” Rodriguez said about the knockdown he suffered. “I recovered quick, I was able to land a short hook I believe it was and I was able to capitalize on that.”

The win moves Rodriguez to 3-0 in the UFC in 2020 and if he has his way he’ll get at least one if not two more fights before the year is over.

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UFC on ESPN 15 video: Shana Dobson pulls off huge upset with second round stoppage against Mariya Agapova

Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC Shana Dobson was a massive underdog heading into Saturday night but now she leaves as one of the biggest upset winners in the history of the UFC. Coming off three losses in a row, the former Ultimate Fighter contender knew it was do-or-die for her at UFC on ESPN 15 and she delivered after enduring the opening onslaught from opponent Mariya Agapova and then coming back with a devastating finish in round two. “I was a huge underdog,” Dobson said while celebrating her win. “I came in with that, I used that as ammunition. I’ll bring the dog out in the cage tonight.” CASH THOSE BETS! @Shana_Dobson with a SHOCKING upset! Watch the close of the card on @ESPN & ESPN+ pic.twitter.com/HcPG4F3DOk— UFC (@ufc) August 23, 2020 Like a bull being released from the chute, Agapova was firing on all cylinders as soon as the fight began, throwing a head kick and a wild array of punches in an attempt to end the fight in a hurry. Dobson survived the opening barrage and countered with a takedown in an attempt to slow down the action. Even on the ground, Agapova was constantly moving and attacking as she looked for strikes and submissions but the activity had an adverse effect on her conditioning. As the second round got started, Agapova was noticeably slower and labored in her movement, which gave Dobson the opening she needed. After the fight hit the ground again, Dobson quickly reversed positions to land on top where she began blasting away with punches with Agapova locked underneath her. As the assault continued, Agapova tried to scramble free but there was no escape as Dobson just kept hammering away with strikes until the referee had no choice but to stop the fight. The end came at 1:38 in the second round. Dobson had to know that her job was probably on the line heading into the fight and she secured her spot on the roster by taking out one of the hottest prospects in the women’s divisions. She now moves forward following up her second UFC victory after last entering the winner’s circle back in 2017.

UFC on ESPN 15 video: Shana Dobson pulls off huge upset with second round stoppage against Mariya Agapova
Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Shana Dobson was a massive underdog heading into Saturday night but now she leaves as one of the biggest upset winners in the history of the UFC.

Coming off three losses in a row, the former Ultimate Fighter contender knew it was do-or-die for her at UFC on ESPN 15 and she delivered after enduring the opening onslaught from opponent Mariya Agapova and then coming back with a devastating finish in round two.

“I was a huge underdog,” Dobson said while celebrating her win. “I came in with that, I used that as ammunition. I’ll bring the dog out in the cage tonight.”

Like a bull being released from the chute, Agapova was firing on all cylinders as soon as the fight began, throwing a head kick and a wild array of punches in an attempt to end the fight in a hurry. Dobson survived the opening barrage and countered with a takedown in an attempt to slow down the action.

Even on the ground, Agapova was constantly moving and attacking as she looked for strikes and submissions but the activity had an adverse effect on her conditioning. As the second round got started, Agapova was noticeably slower and labored in her movement, which gave Dobson the opening she needed.

After the fight hit the ground again, Dobson quickly reversed positions to land on top where she began blasting away with punches with Agapova locked underneath her. As the assault continued, Agapova tried to scramble free but there was no escape as Dobson just kept hammering away with strikes until the referee had no choice but to stop the fight.

The end came at 1:38 in the second round.

Dobson had to know that her job was probably on the line heading into the fight and she secured her spot on the roster by taking out one of the hottest prospects in the women’s divisions. She now moves forward following up her second UFC victory after last entering the winner’s circle back in 2017.

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