Andre Fialho’s aggression nearly cost him an early finish. But when short-notice replacement Cameron VanCamp got a little too eager, he capitalized for the first finish at UFC 274.
A left hook rotated VanCamp’s jaw and sent him to the canvas for the KO stoppage at the 2:35 mark of the first round on Saturday at Footprint Center in Phoenix.
Check out the finish and its aftermath below.
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Sparks flew between Fialho and VanCamp at the weigh-in, and from the outset of the preliminary-card bout, both were eager to engage. Fialho, however, pressed the action with low kicks and punches, a strategy that initially backfired when he caught a hook that visibly wobbled him. There would be no more forward charge.
As it turned out, that was just fine for the Portugal-born fighter, who wound up giving VanCamp a taste of his own medicine when the American got a little too eager to finish things off and caught a hard shot of his own. The check left hook Fialho had used to keep VanCamp honest worked, but VanCamp continued to charge and learned the same lesson twice; the second one produced the finish.
Fialho is now 2-1 in the octagon after a debut against Michel Pereira ended in a decision setback, and he’s earned consecutive first-round finishes after stopping Miguel Baeza in April. VanCamp sees a four-fight regional streak snapped in his first octagon showing.