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UFC Vegas 37 results: Ion Cutelaba bloodies and batters Devin Clark to win decision in co-main event

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Ion Cutelaba had something to prove with his co-main event fight at UFC Vegas 37.

Known for his brutal first-round finishes, Cutelaba showed off an improved gas tank on Saturday night while dismantling Devin Clark on the ground to win a unanimous decision in the co-main event. When the fight ended, Cutelaba swept the scorecards with the judges giving him the fight 30-26, 29-27 and 29-26.

“’The Hulk’ is back,” Cutelaba said afterwards. “I am ready. I am staying here. First, thank you so much Devin Clark. Good fight, I respect you.”

After Clark immediately shot for a takedown to start the fight, Cutelaba was battling to stay on his feet because that’s where he knew he could do the most damage. Cutelaba proved that fact after he clubbed his opponent with a massive punch that sent Clark crashing to the canvas.

Cutelaba followed up with a barrage of punches and he continued the assault as Clark was doing everything possible to scramble free and minimize the amount of shots he was eating. As the first round was coming to an end, Cutelaba moved into the mount and he started dropping elbows from the top but somehow Clark survived to the horn.

As the second round got started, Cutelaba actually took Clark to the ground where he landed in the mount as soon as the fighters hit the floor. Cutelaba was much more measured with his attack from the top as he threw some hard elbows but actually moved too far up the body, which allowed Clark the opportunity to escape the bad position.

Between rounds, Clark had to convince the referee to continue as his mouth filled up with blood after his teeth took the brunt of the damage from Cutelaba’s onslaught.

Knowing he needed a finish to win, Clark desperately tried to change the momentum by getting back to his wrestling but Cutelaba refused to allow it, which then led to him countering with a takedown of his own. While Clark was resisting enough to avoid absorbing too many blows, Cutelaba was in complete control as he kept pushing until the fight came to a close.

Back in the win column for the first time since 2019, Cutelaba definitely earned a convincing win on Saturday night while dispatching another tough light heavyweight in Clark.