Heavyweight Chris Barnett continues to punch and dance his manner into the hearts of UFC followers. Barnett scored a second-round TKO of Jake Collier after taking an absurd quantity of punishment in Spherical 1 on the preliminary card of UFC 279.
It was a tough begin for Barnett. Collier popped Barnett with a counter proper hook that despatched him plummeting to the mat. Barnett returned to his ft and pulled his opponent right into a sloppy brawl that introduced the T-Cellular Area crowd to life. The second half of the spherical was much more troubling for “Beast Boy” as Collier took down Barnett and walloped on him with floor strikes that had the referee contemplating a stoppage.
Barnett’s face was badly broken from the punishment he took in Spherical 1. His left eye was practically swollen shut, a nasty minimize opened slightly below that and the UFC commentators expressed concern about his jaw. A physician inspected Barnett however in the end gave him the clearance to proceed combating.
Buoyed by booming chants of “Barnett” from the Las Vegas trustworthy, Barnett took the struggle to a visibly fatigued Collier. Barnett’s opponent shot for a sloppy takedown that gifted Barnett prime place. Barnett rode out Collier’s makes an attempt to flee and put leather-based to flesh. The referee waved off the struggle at 2:24 of Spherical 2 and awarded Barnett the TKO win.
“We come out right here for y’all and I adore it,” Barnett mentioned throughout his post-fight interview. “Thanks for the love and every thing. This implies the world to me. I like y’all for actual from the backside of my coronary heart. Thanks! We’re nothing with out y’all. Nothing! Rise up for yourselves!”
Barnett improved to 23-8 professionally and 2-2 within the UFC. He scored a spinning wheel kick knockout towards Big Villante at UFC 268 that actually endeared him to the UFC viewers.