Ilia Topuria was ready for Ryan Hall’s octagon strategy, and when he saw an opening, he capitalized in a violent way, delivering a first-round knockout that put out Hall late in the first round of their UFC 264 meeting.
After repeatedly pitching to the canvas in an effort to roll his way into a grappling exchange, Hall left his head exposed in transition and took several hard right hands as Topuria advanced position and let his right hand go. Laying on his side, Hall was unable to defend himself and went out at the 4:47 mark of the opening frame.
Check out the finish below.
With the knockout, Topuria not only extended his unbeaten MMA streak to 11 fights but ended one of the most quixotic UFC runs in the promotion’s history. Hall’s blend of submission mastery and elusiveness made him one of the most polarizing fighters in the MMA community and least desired opponents on the UFC roster. The winner of The Ultimate Fighter 22, Hall fought just three times after winning the reality show, waiting years between bouts as opponents repeatedly turned down offers to fight him.
Heading into Saturday’s event, Hall hoped that a win at UFC 264 would break the stalemate he’d experienced in his career. Instead, he was quickly dismantled by Topuria, who pulled free of his clutches on several occasions and blocked the spinning kicks that had won him points in previous fights.
Hall hadn’t lost an MMA fight since his professional debut in 2006 and sees an eight-fight winning streak come to an end, while Topuria earns his third straight UFC win.