UFC Fight Night 197 video: Song Yadong lands head kick, storms Julio Arce for TKO

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Song Yadong once again showed his strong finishing instincts when he stopped Julio Arce at UFC Fight Night 197.

Yadong (17-4-1 MMA, 7-1-1 UFC), who at 23 is one of the brightest prospects in the bantamweight division, got another solid win courtesy of a third-round TKO over Arce (17-5 MMA, 4-3 UFC) at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

The finish was started by a right head kick. Yadong connected with a shot that staggered Arce, but then he attacked with more strikes until he got a knockdown and forced referee Herb Dean to step in at the 1:35 mark of Round 2.

Check out the replay below (via Twitter):

After the win, Yadong said he followed through on his goal of a knockout.

“I knew it was a crafty opponent, but today I was on the hunt,” Yadong told Michael Bisping through an interpreter during his post-fight interview. “I wanted to knock him out.”

Up-to-the-minute results of UFC Fight Night 197 include:

  • Song Yadong def. Julio Arce via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1:35

  • Joel Alvarez def. Thiago Moises via TKO (elbows, punches) – Round 1, 3:01

  • Andrea Lee def. Cynthia Calvillo via TKO (corner stoppage) – Round 2, 5:00

  • Sean Woodson def. Collin Anglin via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:30

  • Cortney Casey def. Liana Jojua via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

  • Rafael Alves def. Marc Diakiese via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 1:48

  • Da Un Jung def. Kennedy Nzechukwu via knockout (elbows) – Round 1, 3:04