The hype continued to grow around the Australian welterweight Saturday when Della Maddalena (13-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC) used his striking power to overwhelm Roberts (18-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC) en route to a first-round TKO at the UFC Apex.
The heavy hands of Della Maddalena were evident when he dropped Roberts early in the fight. He used intelligent pressure from there, picking his shots until Roberts went down again for the stoppage less than four minutes after the bout began.
Check out the replay of Della Maddalena’s handiwork below (via Twitter):
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After his 13th straight win, an excited Della Maddalena said he hopes to land a spot on the Feb. 11 card at UFC 284, which goes down in his home town of Perth, Australia.
“Every challenge is different, and I take it like that,” Della Maddalena said in his post-fight interview with Michael Bisping. “But I’m ready to get home and fight in front of my people in Australia. … Honestly (I’ll fight) anyone. First person they give me, I’ll say yes and be on my merry way.”
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