Contender Series alum Uros Medic made his highly anticipated debut on Saturday at UFC 259. The undefeated lightweight had won his way into the promotion back in August, and brought with him a 100% finish rate through his six pro fights.
Welcoming Medic to the octagon Saturday was Aalon Cruz, a Contender Series alumni himself still looking for his first win on the big stage.
Medic’s debut did not disappoint, marred only by an incredibly late stoppage by the ref.
For his part, Aalon Cruz came out very aggressive, throwing a lot of kicks. Medic stuck him with a punch, forcing Cruz to shoot for a takedown. Medic defended that and off the clinch hurt Cruz with the right hand, then followed up with a flying knee. That hurt, and Cruz was on his way down.
A barrage of ground and pound followed. Far too many strikes to count. That eventually sent the ref in, but he didn’t call the fight. Cruz was basically just covering up, but still, no call. Somehow, Cruz managed to make it back to his feet, only to wind up down again. Finally, mercifully, the end came. A very late stoppage, arguably a full minute too late, but that shouldn’t take away from the stellar debut of Uros Medic.
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Official Result: Uros Medic def. Aalon Cruz by TKO (Ground and pound), Round 1, 1:40