NEW YORK – Jamall Emmers wasted no time getting the UFC’s 30th anniversary event off to a hot start at Madison Square Garden.
Emmers (20-7 MMA, 3-3 UFC) needed just 49 seconds to flatten Dennis Buzukja (11-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC) with a vicious straight right hand and ground-and-pound to get the TKO stoppage at UFC 295. The bout was at a catchweight after Emmers missed the featherweight limit Friday.
Emmers made up for it with the performance, however, and managed to bring his octagon record back to .500.
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EMMERS STARTS OFF #UFC295 WITH A BANG 💥
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Easy day in the office for @PrettyBoyEmmers 💪
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“I had a lot of setbacks,” Emmers said while trying to contain his emotions during his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan. “F*ck.”
The result marked the first stoppage loss of Buzukja’s career. Emmers, meanwhile, continued his up-and-down run in recent years, alternating wins and losses over his past seven fights.
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