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UFC on FOX 28 results: Ilir Latifi chokes out Ovince Saint Preux

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Ilir Latifi Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

It seemed like an uneventful-enough opening round.

Ovince Saint Preux and Ilir Latifi staked out their turf in the opening round of their UFC on FOX 28 bout, landing shots here and there, but at a pace that suggested a full 15 minutes of fighting was about to unfold.

Then, out of nowhere, Latifi struck. A pair of knockdown by way of left hands led to a standing guillotine choke, and before anyone in Orlando’s Amway Center could really process what was going down, OSP was out cold.

The time of the finish was 3:48 of the first round as Latifi scored the biggest win of his UFC career.

“I always go for the finish doesnt matter if it is standup or on the ground,” Latifi said.

Saint Preux appeared to tap out shortly before he went unconscious, but the tap was on the other side from where the referee was standing, and thus the official didn’t see it.

“I felt the tap on this side but the [referee] was on the other side,” Latifi said after his fifth career submission victory. “It was just instinct.”

After winning for the fifth time in his past six fights, Latifi (14-5, 1 NC) called out light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, who is fighting heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic next.

Saint Preux (22-11) had a three-fight win streak snapped.