Landing a solid knee in an MMA contest is difficult enough, now imagine connecting with one directly to your opponent’s jaw while in the midst of a heated flurry.
That’s exactly what Alexandr Shabliy did to put Gleristone Santos away on Friday.
The 24-year-old Russian KO’d Santos in the first round of their lightweight bout at Absolute Championship Berkut 67 in Grozny, Chechnya, scoring with an impeccably timed counter knee that dropped the 41-fight veteran. Shabliy then followed up with ground-and-pound to seal the deal and leave Santos out cold on the mat.
Shabliy improved to 16-3 with his ninth knockout victory, and he has now seen his hand raised in eight of his past nine bouts.