One a day when one UFC career started in absolute style, another legendary career came to an end in the Octagon in Las Vegas.
You only get one chance to make a first impression and Adrian Yanez delivered arguably one of the best first impressions on Sunday.
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Stepping inside the cage for the first time in the UFC against Victor Rodriguez, Yanez applied the pressure to his opponent early on.
As he landed several counter punches that rattled Rodriguez, one briefly dropped him and he looked to escape as the blows kept coming. But as he looked to get out of reach, Yanez delivered.
A high kick landed flush on the chin of Rodriguez and turned his lights out in an instant as he fell to the canvas.
HEAD KICK KO AT #UFCVegas13 pic.twitter.com/tuALEWPSYi
The hellacious finish left those watching on in disbelief
“My word, Adrian Yanez! Combo finishing with a head kick knockout!” ESPN’s Marc Raimondi wrote.
“Adrian Yanez looking at a fight night bonus in his UFC debut. Wow. Head kick knockout, almost looked like Victor Rodriguez RAN himself into it, trying to get out of harms way. Yanez was a 5-1 favourite so he was supposed to win, but he sure did it in style,” ESPN’s Brett Okamoto wrote.
“Yanez is like a Mini-Gamebred in there. What a performance. Loved how he cut off the cage,” TSN Sports’ Aaron Bronsteter wrote.
TEARS FLOW AS LEGEND’S CAREER ENDS
Anderson Silva will go down as one of the most damaging men to ever step foot inside the cage, but on Sunday his legendary career came to an end in devastating fashion.
Against Uriah Hall in the main event clash, the fight was brought to an end midway through the fourth round with Hall earning the TKO victory.
A career that began 14 years ago was wrapped up with both fighters shedding tears as Hall apologised to his idol for how it all ended.
Hall embraced Silva on the canvas and continued to apologise as the fallen champion told him to go and chase the title.
“I’m so sorry. You’re the reason why I’m doing this. You’re still one of the greatest,” Hall said.
To which Silva responded: “You can win your title. Just do it. Do your best.”
Incredible respect between @UriahHallMMA and @SpiderAnderson ❤️ #UFCVegas12 pic.twitter.com/eBo03IoyYu
Silva spent a long time kneeling in the centre of the cage after the fight, quietly praying as he stared at the canvas.
In his post fight he seemed to confirm it was the end of his career, before saying “we will see”.
“Sometimes it’s very difficult for us to stop, but today is my final day and I’m so happy to be here doing my last show for the UFC family,” he said.
“I don’t know, first I go back home and see with my team everything. Let’s go see because it’s tough to say it’s my last or not because this is what I do for my entire life and with my heart. So let’s go see.”
@SpiderAnderson thank you for everything!!! you a very special human being. You entertained and blessed the world with your greatness 🙏🏼
The final walk! That should be the name of Anderson Silva’s story! What an emotional moment for Hall and especially Silva. I don’t know if words can even describe the thoughts and what Silva felt pre and post-fight. Anderson “The Spider Silva”- Forever a legend!#Vegas12
UFC VEGAS 6
Uriah Hall def. Anderson Silva via TKO
Bryce Mitchell def. Andre Fili via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Greg Hardy def. Maurice Greene via KO (punches), 1:12 of round 2
Kevin Holland def. Charlie Ontiveros via submission (front choke), 2:39 of round 1
Thiago Moises def. Bobby Green by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Alexander Hernandez def. Chris Gruetzemacher via TKO (punches) at 1:46 of round 1
Adrian Yanez def. Victor Rodriguez via KO (head kick) at 2:46 of round 1
Sean Strickland def. Jack Marshman via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Jason Witt def. Cole Williams via submission (arm triangle) at 2:09 of round 2
Dustin Jacoby def. Justin Ledet via TKO (punches) at 2:38 of round 1
Miles Johns def. Kevin Natividad via KO (uppercut) at 2:50 of round 3
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