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    Devonte Smith’s Punches Were So Hard They Punctured Hyun Ma’s Soul

    Devonte Smith disfigured Dong Hyun Ma in the dying minutes of the opening round; showering him with hammerfists after to score a TKO stoppage at the 3:53 mark. 

    Smith recorded his sixth continuous win at the featured ESPN prelim of UFC 234 in Melbourne, Australia. The impressive first-round stoppage victory of the ‘King Kage’ marks his second UFC lightweight grand slam.

    Chill

    Smith caught most fans’ attention in a New York minute after being the crowd favourite; playing faster than the opposite man on the cage. He initially frustrated Ma’s attempts to start rampage while bruising him with low kicks once in a while.

    In the middle of the first round, the American fighter was able to hurt his rival with a two-punch combination and continue with his battering business. From there, it was only a matter of time before the game ended in a mostly one-sided action.

    Smith landed a solid left hook on his South Korean opponent before scoring a straight right that forced Ma to stare down the canvas. The 25-year-old blurred all doubts after following this combination up with a few hammerfists behind the ear; signalling referee Herb Dean to jump in and call it a fight.

    “I had to be very patient. I knew if I was overly anxious in there, I knew he would grapple me and we would have to deal with all of that and it would be dragged out,” Smith said after gaining the victory.

    “So I knew I had to stay smart and keep my distance, and when I saw his leg go weak, I knew it was time to go home and do what I do. I’m now going to chill. I’ll be back in Denver training until I get that fight with Francisco Trinaldo, so once I get that fight I’ll be back.”

    Results

    The lightweight prospect now has a professional record of 10 wins and a single loss; snapping the Busan native’s three-fight winning streak in his UFC 234 success. Below are the full results of the UFC’s first pay-per-view event for 2019 at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia:

    Main Event:
    Israel Adesanya def. Anderson Silva by unanimous decision

    Co-Main Event:
    Lando Vannata def. Marcos Mariano via first-round submission (armbar)

    Main Card:
    Ricky Simon def. Rani Yahya via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-25)

    Montana De La Rosa def. Nadia Kassem via second-round submission (armbar)
    Jimmy Crute def. Sam Alvey via first-round TKO (strikes)

    Preliminary Card (ESPN)
    Devonte Smith def. Dong Hyun Ma by TKO at 3:53 of round 1: Lightweight
    Shane Young def. Austin Arnett by unanimous decision (30-27 x3): Featherweight
    Kai Kara-France def. Raulian Paiva by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29): Flyweight
    Kyung Ho Kang def. Teruto Ishihara by technical submission (RNC) at 3:59 of round 1: Bantamweight
    Jalin Turner def. Callan Potter by KO at 0:53 of round 1: Lightweight
    Jonathan Martinez def. Wuliji Buren by decision (30-27 x2, 29-28): Bantamweight

    Featured Image Credit: Twitter/UFC

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