Mario Bautista kicked off the televised prelims portion of UFC 247 with a beautiful second-round flying knee against Miles Johns.
Kicking off the televised preliminary card at UFC 247 in Houston on Saturday, Miles Johns and Mario Bautista were both looking to continue their rise as prospects in the bantamweight division. Johns, for his part, was undefeated at 10-0 heading in, and a win over Bautista would both improve on that, and give him his second win inside the octagon.
Bautista, after dropping his octagon debut last year to Cory Sandhagen, had bounced back against Jin Soo Son and was looking to make it two straight.
The fighters touch gloves and Miles Johns attempted a two[punch combination to get things going. Mario Bautista came flying back at him but nothing landed. Johns deflected a right hand and things were off to a fairly slow start. That was until there were 90 seconds remaining and Johns whipped around an overhand right that stumbled Bautista. Bautista fired back with a flying knee that just missed the mark and Johns was able to land a right hand before the end of the round.
Bautista came out firing in round two, using both punches and kicks in his combination effort. After the pace of the fight slowed back down, Mario Bautista flew at Johns with a knee and dropped him backward. The left knee connected perfectly and Bautista only needed a few more punches to complete the finish in the second round, earning his second consecutive victory.
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Bautista said he wanted to prove he was more than a brawler, and his patient approach to a second-round finish did just that.
Mario Bautista def. Miles Johns by TKO (Flying Knee and Punches) in Round 2 (1:41)