UFC Austin 2023: Tsarukyan’s stunning victory leads the charge
The UFC’s visit to Austin, Texas, in 2023 became a highlight reel of combat sports excellence, echoing the high-energy and finish-filled event of the previous year. With the opening bell at the Moody Center, fighters in the 2023 UFC Austin event embarked on a quest to replicate the magic, and they succeeded spectacularly.
Arman Tsarukyan’s victory over Beneil Dariush in a lightweight fight was a standout moment, marking a significant triumph for the Georgian fighter. This main event capped an evening where the intensity and skill on display led to numerous bonuses being awarded, a testament to the quality of the bouts.
The Fight of the Night was a breathtaking encounter between Rodolfo Bellato and Ihor Potieria. Michael Bisping’s exclamation, “This here is a fight!” captured the essence of the duel. Bellato’s victory, achieved through relentless ground and pound, epitomized the heart and skill present in the UFC’s Dana White Contender Series alumni.
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Performance bonuses were distributed generously, reflecting the caliber of the night’s contests. Jared Gooden, back for his second UFC stint, showcased his prowess against Wellington Turman, culminating in a stunning rear naked choke. Drakkar Klose’s reversal of an armbar attempt against Joe Solecki resulted in one of the night’s two slam knockouts, leaving commentator Daniel Cormier in awe.
Cody Brundage’s slam knockout against Zach Reese, dedicated to his late grandfather, was another highlight, as was Miesha Tate’s vintage performance against Julia Avila, proving her enduring prowess in the bantamweight division.
Dustin Stoltzfus displayed a varied and cerebral approach in his bout against Punahele Soriano, while Sean Brady dominated Kelvin Gastelum with a grappling clinic, finishing with a kimura. Jalin Turner, despite short notice and weight challenges, dominated Bobby Green, showcasing his potential as a lightweight contender.
The night belonged to Arman Tsarukyan, whose knockout of Beneil Dariush sent ripples through the lightweight rankings. His call for a title shot, backed by such a performance, seemed not only justified but inevitable.
UFC Austin 2023 was a reminder of the unpredictable and thrilling nature of MMA, where fighters rise to the occasion, creating unforgettable moments and cementing their names in the annals of the sport.