UFC Fight Night 213 video: Roman Dolidze KOs Phil Hawes, demands ‘better fights’

LAS VEGAS – Roman Dolidze first damaged the leg of Phil Hawes before landing shots to the head for a savage knockout at UFC Fight Night 213.

In a sequence near the start of the middleweight bout at the UFC Apex, Dolidze (11-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) got Hawes (12-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in a nasty leg lock that appears to pop the knee out. The fight continued, though, and turned into a striking affair.

That played huge to Dolidze’s advantage, because he waited for his moment to pick the shots and land a clean combination that floored Hawes and put the lights out.

Check out the replay of Dolidze’s handiwork below (via Twitter):

With five wins in six UFC appearances so far, Dolidze said he’s ready for the next level of competition. He said Hawes was a respectable foe, but he wants more the next time he steps in the cage.

“That’s how it is,” Dolidze told Michael Bisping in his post-fight interview. “If you don’t tap, I knock you out. … These guys don’t understand who I am. They need to give me better fights.”

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UFC Fight Night 213 play-by-play and live results

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