Jamahal Hill delivered on his promise at UFC Vegas 48, by finishing Johnny Walker with a 1st round knockout. Hill has now finished back to back fights by 1st round knockout and has earned performance of the night bonuses in both fights. Of Hill’s 10 career wins, 60% of them have ended by knockout. Hill is a promising contender in the Light Heavyweight division and could be challenging for the title soon if he continues to perform like this. On the other hand, Johnny Walker has gone on a career decline. Had he defeated Corey Anderson in November of 2019, he would have likely challenged Jon Jones for the Light Heavyweight title. Walker has now lost 4 out of his last 5 fights.
The Verdict Community was confident in Kyle Daukaus, with 80% predicting him to defeat Jamie Pickett. With literally 1 second remaining in the 1st round, Daukaus finished Jamie Pickett with a D’Arce choke. Daukaus declared after the fight that he was now the “D’Arce” Knight. This win earned Daukaus performance of the night honors. Daukaus is a real grappling threat with 82% of his career wins ending by submission.
Not many are aware, but Parker Porter fought Jon Jones in 2008. Jones finished Porter in 36 seconds with a single punch. For the first time since he made his professional MMA debut in 2007, Parker Porter has strung together a 3 fight winning streak. Porter defeated Baudot by unanimous decision in a competitive fight. Prior to entering the UFC, Porter hadn’t won a fight by decision since his second professional fight in 2008. He’s now won 3 consecutive fights by decision.
Jim Miller made history by defeating Nikolas Motta, as he tied Donald Cerrone for the most wins in UFC history at 23. Miller made his UFC debut in 2008 at a time when the promotion only had 5 weight classes. He’s competed at UFC 100, UFC 200, and is aiming to compete at UFC 300. Miller has won back to back fights by TKO. Prior to this streak, Miller hadn’t won a fight by TKO since July of 2016. The oddsmakers had Miller as an underdog heading into this fight, while 78% of the Verdict Community predicted him to defeat Motta.
Many expected this fight to end by knockout, but Joaquin Buckley and Abdul Razak Alhassan went to a decision in a competitive fight which resulted in a split decision win for Buckley. Though Alhassan lost the decision, he had the most dominant round of the fight in the 3rd round. The Global Scorecard was close, with Buckley winning by a final score differential of 0.52 only.