Undefeated Contender Series 2021 winner Daniel Zellhuber finally made his UFC debut on Saturday, taking on Trey Ogden at UFC Vegas 60.
For Mexico’s Zellhuber, the fight was all of a week or so shy of the one year anniversary of his win on Dana White’s Contender Series, which had come against Lucas Almeida. Ogden, meanwhile, had dropped his promotional debut earlier this year to Jordan Leavitt.
Ogden was a sizeable underdog in the fight — and overcame the odds after three rounds.
To kick off the fight it was a slow affair, with both just flicking out some kicks. Ogden around two minutes in did shoot for a takedown but came nowhere close. Zellhuber was using a lot of feints but wasn’t throwing anything behind them. Ogden was throwing more but in single strikes. Zellhuber did land a nice head kick waking up a bit and Ogden took it. In the final minute, Zellhuber was landing kicks but Ogden was being a lot busier.
In the second round, Zellhuber came out throwing a lot of kicks. The kicks weren’t fazing Ogden and Ogden landed a nice check left hook. Zellhuber did a good job throwing kicks to the legs, and body, and going up high. A leg kick landed from Zellhuber buckling the leg of Ogden, that being his best strike of the fight to that point. Ogden shot in for his second takedown halfway into the round but was nowhere close. Zellhuber was landing the teep kick to the gut maintaining his range. Still, about an even fight, Ogden did time a takedown and Zellhuber went to his back. Zellhuber got to his feet quickly but ended the round with Ogden on his back standing.
In the final round, Zellhuber came out a little more aggressive with the kicks, jab, and left to the body. He did let off the gas and Ogden threw a good jab and good movement. When Zellhuber pressed forward Ogden used a failed takedown to get the space. Ogden was fighting conservative picking his shots. Even though Zellhuber was the longer fighter he had problems finding the big shots. In the final minute, Zellhuber was aggressive and landed some good shots but that maybe too little too late. It was, as it turned out, with Ogden pulling off the upset.
Official Result: Trey Ogden def. Daniel Zellhuber by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)