Abdul Razak Alhassan and Allan Nascimento win separate UFC fights

Abdul Razak Alhassan and Allan Nascimento win separate UFC fights

Abdul Razak Alhassan and Allan Nascimento win separate UFC fights

Charles Johnson finished Jimmy Flick in the first round of a flyweight bout that reintroduced fans to the UFC after a four-week holiday hiatus.

Charles Johnson finished Jimmy Flick in the first round, UFC video.

Charles Johnson finished Jimmy Flick in the first round, UFC video.

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Charles Johnson kicked off the UFC’s new year with a bang when he stopped Jimmy Flick in his tracks with punches and elbows in the very first round.

There’s an argument that the referee’s stoppage may have been a little early, however, Johnson advances with an improved pro MMA record of 13 wins (six knockouts, three submissions and four decisions) to three losses.

Watch the stoppage win here:

Then Allan Nascimento scored the UFC’s first submission of 2023 when he tapped Carlos Hernandez to a rear naked choke in the first round of their flyweight bout.

Allan Nascimento tapped Carlos Hernandez with a rear choke.

Allan Nascimento tapped Carlos Hernandez with a rear choke.

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Allan Nascimento, who entered the Apex Octagon with 13 submission wins, showed off his grappling skills with a lightning-quick win on Saturday.

Showing his early intention to fight to the mat from the opening bell, Nascimento – who trained alongside submission leader Charles Oliveira – slapped his opponent when Hernandez tried to get back to his feet after having was shot early.

Watch Nascimento’s standing choke here:

Abdul Razak Alhassan cracked Claudio Ribeiro in the second round, after a tough opener.

Abdul Razak Alhassan finishes Claudio Ribeiro in must-see UFC videos.

Abdul Razak Alhassan finishes Claudio Ribeiro in must-see UFC videos.

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From the start, Claudio Ribeiro and Abdul Razak Alhassan exchanged shots thrown with the worst intentions.

Ribeiro seemed to confuse Alhassan with leg kicks, however, Alhassan later told Insider that while they were harsh, it didn’t require him to change his stance.

Alhassan went from orthodox to southpaw to allow other openings to present themselves – something he eventually found in the second round, where he showed finishing ability reminiscent of Deontay Wilder and Gervonta Davis.

This game-changing power completely changed Ribeiro’s fight as Alhassan continued to line up the heaviest punches, knocking his fists out of his opponent’s skull, until he collapsed to the ground and be saved from further punishment by a timely referee.

Watch the stunning finish here:

Rising MMA prospect Javid Basharat continued his unbeaten streak with a victory over Mateus Mendonca, taking his professional record to 14 wins (five knockouts, six submissions and three decisions).

Javid Basharat defeated Mateus Mendonca by unanimous decision in the final UFC preliminary bout on Saturday.

Javid Basharat defeated Mateus Mendonca by unanimous decision in the final UFC preliminary bout on Saturday.

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The UFC prelims preceded the main card on ESPN+.

Although it’s the company’s first event of the year, the UFC has a packed schedule of action in 2023 with UFC 283 on Jan. 21 in Rio Janeiro, a show in Australia and a long series of events in Las Vegas, including but not limited to UFC 285 at T-Mobile Arena.

UFC 285 will be a pay-per-view event that Insider says will feature Jon Jones and Ciryl Gane as headliners.

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