On Saturday night, fans eyed the return of Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson against “Iron” Michael Chandler. The fight itself didn’t disappoint, but it was over in a blink when Chandler landed a highlight-reel knockout at UFC 274. Some might even call it the greatest knockout ever, and it’s hard to argue.
The KO Heard Round the MMA World
Michael Chandler, long known for being an exciting fighter, did not disappoint in his return after his loss to Justin Gaethje. However, it didn’t start that way. His opponent, Tony Ferguson, knocked him down with a jab early in the first, and even when Chandler landed a takedown, Ferguson cut him with heavy shots from the bottom.
The story changed in the second round, though, as Chandler split Ferguson’s guard with a clean front kick that knocked him stiff. His arms straightened, and he fell face-first onto the canvas in what can only be described as one of the greatest knockouts of all time.
What’s even scarier is that Ferguson had never been knocked out cold like that before: in his loss to Justin Gaethje, he was stopped by Herb Dean on the feet in the fifth round. Could this be a sign that his time has come? Once an unflappable 155-pounder who won 12 fights in a row against some of the toughest competition ever, he has dropped four straight losses to Gaethje, Charles Oliveira, Beneil Dariush, and now Chandler.
El Cucuy was down for what seemed to be an eternity, and he did not come to for a few minutes. He did stand for the decision, though, in what was a good sign for the former interim titleholder.
Chandler made the most of the moment on the microphone, calling out Oliveira, Conor McGregor, and Justin Gaethje, in what can only be described as one of the most electric post-fight interviews seen in recent history.
For someone who created one of the greatest moments in MMA history, Michael Chander sure knew how to maximize it.
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