Pete Rodriguez leaves Mike Jackson motionless on canvas

  • Saturday’s UFC prelims featured three finishes.
  • Pete Rodriguez euthanized Mike Jackson before Mana Martinez defeated Brandon Davis.
  • Keep scrolling to see the highlights from the six bouts that preceded the main card in Las Vegas.

Las vigas – UFC Returning to his Apex TV studio after a week-long break filming a Fight Night event in Las Vegas for ESPN+, the boy started with great fanfare.

Pete Rodriguez and Mike Jackson threw slugs in their welterweight opener, and although it was scheduled for three rounds, no one was needed entirely as Rodriguez finished the show early.

Rodriguez brutalized his opponent with bodily shots, broke his skull with precise punches, and inflicted a horrific knee in the face.

Jackson’s legs were twisted when he appeared to be bent back. He was unconscious, and lay motionless for at least one minute – roughly as long as the actual battle lasted, at 93 seconds.

In the end, the Apex crowd started to applaud as Jackson gradually regained his senses.

With it looking good once again, the ruined ending has been replayed on the big screens.

Watch it here:

Jackson made a brief statement on Twitter shortly after his crushing defeat.

“Well, that hurts,” he said in a post attached to a photo of him showing he was receiving more medical attention.

Prelims featured two other finishes

In the next fight, Tatsuro Taira forced CJ Vergara to click with a second-round lever bar after he switched to the technique from a bare rear throttle, in a 129-pound fit.

Tatsuro Taira makes CJ Vergara faucet.

Tatsuro Taira makes CJ Vergara faucet.

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Joanderson Brito scored one of the early card finalists with a bare rear throttle from the first round that led to Lucas Alexander’s introduction in the featherweight bout.

Watch Brito’s win below:

In the penultimate match on the preliminaries, Jacob Malcon overpowered Nick Maximov in the opening match, a knockout round, to rally with solid action on his part.

Maximov was well supported by the octagon, with several members of his combat team — including cult MMA champion Nate Diaz — filming the action and shouting words of encouragement.

Suddenly, though, one of his training partners said, “Why did Nick wince?”

Nick Maximov.

Nick Maximov.

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It soon became clear that Maksimov was fighting through an injury that was bothering him greatly.

With every minute that passed in the fight, the more damage Maximov inflicted on himself as he tried to keep going despite his knee injury.

Although he was able to defend himself, the momentum changed drastically as Malcolm was on the rise, stealing the first round despite Maksimov’s strong work in the opening minute, before continuing to upset California in the second.

In the end, the owners did enough to secure the win with a clean sweep of 30-27 score from the three judges.

One of the best fights was finally saved when Mana Martinez kept hitting Brandon Davis, but the stranger seemed to let him slip off his hook with a failure to follow up and put his opponent away for good.

Between the second and third rounds, Martinez coach James Krause pleaded with his fighter to catch the finish.

That end never came, despite some impressively varied blows from his mana.

In the end, Martinez won more than one decision win that split the judges – but the right man won.

UFC Fight Night intros aired Saturday on ESPN+.

A women’s flyweight fight involving Alexa Grasso and Viviane Araujo topped the card.

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