“I Can Kill Everybody Here” – Roman Dolidze Sends a Message to Israel Adesanya-Led 185 Lbs Division With a Statement KO at UFC Austin

Published 06/18/2022, 4:45 PM EDT

After a magnificent UFC 275 in Singapore, the UFC returned to the States for a UFC Fight Night event in Austin, Texas. The first bout of the night ended sensationally as the Georgian middleweight, Roman Dolidze, shut down Kyle Daukaus in the first round.

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The promotion had a pair of exciting middleweight prospects to kick off the night after the success of UFC 275, which boxing legend Teddy Atlas dubbed as ‘Thrilla in Singapore‘.

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The Israel Adesanya-led division keeps producing exciting finishes with Dolidze ending proceedings in just 73 seconds. ‘The Caucasian’, who landed a knee that dropped Daukaus, followed the Martinez BJJ standout to the ground and finished the bout with a ground and pound.

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The knockout in the first bout had the arena buzzing.

MMA world reacts to first-round finish at UFC Austin

Fight fans had an early entrance into the world of violence inside the Octagon, with the first bout of the prelims ending with a knockout. Thus, they shared their reactions to the chaotic bout on Twitter.

With the win, Dolidze has now 4 victories in his five UFC bouts. The blemish on his UFC career came against Trevin Giles, which remains the only loss in his professional MMA career. His overall record stands at 10-1.

This was the first time Daukaus (11-3-0) lost a bout via a finish.

Roman Dolidze wanted to show he was not just a grappler

In the post-fight interview, the Georgian reacted to his performance. Since ‘The Caucasian’ got the first-round knockout, he had a few words to say about his style.

“I’m really happy that I could show to everyone, that I’m not just a grappler I can knock out people,” said Dolidze.

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With the impressive showing against a tough Kyle Daukaus, who was seen as a fighter soon to break into the top 15 of the middleweight rankings, the Georgian-born mixed martial artist proved he’s one of the hottest prospects in the division.

A few more impressive wins like this could see the 33-year-old booked against the top 10 of the division.

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Deepak Kumar

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Deepak Kumar is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. His love for MMA comes from the chaos and violence the fight game brings to the table. A BJJ aspirant, Deepak began following the sport as a casual fan when Ronda Rousey was finishing her opponents in seconds.

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