A matchup between explosive lightweights Mairbek Taisumov and Felipe Silva was hyped as one that could end with a single blow, and that’s exactly what happened on Saturday.
Waiting for the perfect moment, Taisumov caught a charging Silva with a ridiculous counter right hand that completely shut the Brazilian down. Taisumov (and everyone watching) knew that the fight was over and he didn’t throw any more strikes, instead simply waiting for the referee to officially wave off the bout.
This was the fifth straight knockout win for Taisumov, tying him for the best current stoppage streak in the UFC with heavyweight sluggers Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou. Post-fight, he called for a bout with a top-10 opponent, but any potential opponent will probably be thinking twice about that matchup after seeing this finish.