With a multitude of finishes coming from the UFC Vegas 34 prelims, there is definitely a hand full of fighters that deserve a shoutout for their performance on Saturday night. Four finishes made up of one submission and three devastating KOs set the tone delivering high-level entertainment.
Every fight on the prelim delivered in some way, but in this article, we will be expanding on three fighters who grabbed more headlines than the others.
UFC Vegas 34 Prelims: Brahimaj, Bahamondes, and UFC Newcomer Josaine Nunes All Impressed on Saturday Night With Devasting Finishes
Ramiz Brahimaj (9-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC)
The 28-year old talented grappler Ramiz Brahimaj wasted no time getting the fight where he needed it to be. Within the first 20 seconds, Brahimaj engaged in the clinch and controlled the rest of the fight on the mat. Transitioning seamlessly, Brahimaj inevitably ended up on the back of Sasha Palanikov where it was the beginning of the end. The second he locked himself into a rear naked-choke was the second the fight was over.
Brahimaj made his UFC debut back in November of 2020 that was a memorable one for all the wrong reasons. A gruesome injury that almost saw his ear detach from his head while fighting fellow welterweight Max Griffin at UFC 256. The fight ended in a doctor stoppage victory for Griffin and halted the momentum for the Bronx-native.
Improving his record to 9-3, Brahimaj has finished every win via submission and has some of the most fluid BJJ in the welterweight division no doubt. Brahimaj was very emotional in his post-fight interview, crediting his mother and his faith for the win, Brahimaj battled through many incredibly difficult obstacles to get to this point in his career and his first UFC win.
Ignacio Bahamondes (12-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC)
DWCS alumni Ignacio Bahmondes may have earned himself knockout of the year after hitting an incredible spinning wheel kick, reminiscent of Edson Barboza‘s famous KO over Teddy Etim back in 2012. Bahamondes was cruising to a unanimous decision victory before he decided to throw one last spin technique that his game is so riddled with.
Bahamondes threw everything plus the kitchen sink at his opponent Roosevelt Roberts throughout the 14 minutes and 55 seconds of high-level lightweight action. His dangerous kicking game was already known to those who watched him finish his opponent with a front kick on DWCS last November and now he has introduced it to the masses. The Chilean had very diverse attacks that had Roberts pausing and guessing in almost every exchange.
Bouncing back after dropping a split decision to John Makdessi in his UFC debut earlier this year in April, Bahamondes will be looking to build off of a breakout performance he capped off with beautiful violence.
Josiane Nunes (8-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Octagon newcomer Josiane Nunes began her UFC career with a bang on Saturday night after viciously finishing her opponent Bea Malecki and instantly becoming a potential contender in the women’s bantamweight division. Her breakout moment was meant to come when she was scheduled to fight fellow bantamweight Zarah Farin Dos Santos at UFC Vegas 24, unfortunately, Dos Santos missed weight and pulled out of the fight the day before it was meant to happen.
Now riding a 7-fight win streak, Nunes only dropped a unanimous decision to DWCS alumni Talia Santos in her second professional fight of her career back in 2013. The Brazilians pressure and pace were way too much for Malecki to handle and she quickly started to fatigue. Never really circling out, Malecki was punished once she abandoned her footwork and Nunes capitalized beautifully.
In all areas it seemed like the height and reach advantage would be too much for Nunes, but it was the then-undefeated Malecki that was unable to utilize the tools she had laid out for her. The KO came immediately after William Knight and Igancio Bahamondes were able to finish their opponents in an equally devastating fashion.
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