UFC London: Ilia Topuria Flatlines Jai Herbert In The Second Round

Jai Herbert and Ilia Topuria, UFC London
Jai Herbert and Ilia Topuria, UFC London ceremonial Weigh-In Credit: Jay Anderson/Cageside Press

With all the attention Ilia Topuria had put on Paddy Pimblett ahead of UFC London, it’s a wonder he even remembered he had a fight with Jai Herbert on Saturday night.

The lightweight pair — Topuria was moving up from 145lbs — kicked off the main card at the O2 Arena in London, England. How he performed would be vital to landing a future fight with “Paddy the Baddy,” even if Pimblett himself had dismissed the idea.

Both men took the center of the octagon after a touch of the gloves. A jab and knee from Herbert started the fight. Both exchanged heavy punches. A head kick from Herbert sat Topuria down. Topuria then immediately went for a takedown. Herbert defended, but Topuria put him against the fence. Topuria eventually landed a massive takedown. 1:27 left, and Herbert got back to his feet and landed a knee. Herbert landed another combo. Thirty seconds left, and Topuria landed a combo of his own. Topuria ate a knee from Hervert that made his mouthpiece fly. Herbery landed a right hand to end the round.

The second round started with Topuria landing a big right hand. Both fighters exchanged a combo. Then, Topuria landed a nasty combo that put Herbert’s lights out.

Topuria is now 4-0 in the UFC with three knockouts. Following the bout Topuria called out Paddy Pimblett following their dust up earlier in the week.

Ilia Topuria def. Jai Herbert via knockout (punch) Round 2, 1:07