VIDEO: Punahele Soriano Knocks Out Dusko Todorovic in Sensational Fashion to Start off UFC Fight Night Main Card

Published 01/16/2021, 4:20 PM EST


Punahele Soriano broke the trend going on in the first UFC card of the year. Following 5 consecutive fights that went the full 3-rounds’ distance in the prelims of the card, Soriano scored the first finish by knocking out Dusko Todorovic in sensational fashion in a middleweight bout. It was a sensational finish too, to start off the stacked main-card.

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The 28-year-old Hawaiian, Soriano, started off in impressive fashion and scored two knockdowns. The second one proved to be the fight-ender, with Todorovic hitting the canvas within the opening five minutes.

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Soriano kept his undefeated record intact, handing his opponent his first professional loss. Furthermore, he became the first fighter to secure a KO in the UFC in 2021. The finish will have handed his career a boost, as it has certainly raised his stocks in the middleweight division.

The fighter will look to build on this as he moves ahead in 2021.

Punahele Soriano will look to make statements going forward

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After gathering the seventh finish of his MMA career, Soriano will be looking to make a good run at 185 pounds. The middleweight division is full of contenders at the moment. Apart from the champion Israel Adesanya, there are fighters like Paulo Costa, Robert Whittaker, Kevin Holland, and more waiting to get their crack at the gold.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 10: Israel Adesanya of New Zealand stands in his corner prior to his middleweight bout against Anderson Silva of Brazil during the UFC 234 at Rod Laver Arena on February 10, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Soriano’s first aim should be to break into the top 15 the division. After that, he can think about progressing further in the division. There will be plenty of willing, dangerous contenders waiting to welcome him to the top half of the division.

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What did you make of Punahele Soriano’s impressive knockout victory? Can he make a statement alongside the top middleweights and build on his impressive showing from UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs Kattar?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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