Sat Aug 27 09:30pm EDT
In his UFC debut, Stanislav Nedkov delivered some clear messages tonight. He's one tough dude and future opponents better look out for that right hand.
The Bulgarian UFC newcomer was getting drilled on the feet by Luiz Cane until he landed a great left hook and followed it up with an thunderous overhand right that changed everything. Cane was finished on his feet as he retreated. Twenty unanswered shots later, the Brazilian was upset on his home turf by Nedkov at the 4:13 mark of the first round at UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro.
Nedkov looked tiny compared to the 6-foot-2 Cane and was giving up six inches of reach. The problem was, Cane kept his left hand too low. It was a matter of time before the Nedkov overhand right landed on the button.
Nedkov showed some gumption too. In the middle of the first round, it appeared that he suffered a nose injury. For about a minute before the stoppage, Nedkov's output slowed down as he kept grabbing at the nose. Then came the big punches.
Cane was so out of it, he turned his back and unleashed an odd kicking motion at the cage. When he bounced off the fence and turned around, Nedkov was there to unload with some massive lefts. A right hook dropped Cane and he was unable to defend himself as referee Mario Yamasaki stepped in to save him.
Cane (11-4, 4-4 UFC) is a skilled striker, but got sloppy in this one. "Bahna" has now lost three of his last four with the promotion. This was Nedkov's first fight in the UFC. He's a perfect 12-0 overall.
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