UFC Vegas 64: Shayilan Nuerdanbieke Defeats Injured Darrick Minner

Darrick Minner and Shayilan Nuerdanbieke, UFC Vegas 64
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 05: (L-R) Shayilan Nuerdanbieke of China punches Darrick Minner in a featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on November 05, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Darrick Minner fell victim to an injury after the first kick he threw at UFC Vegas 64 and Shayilan Nuerdanbieke took full advantage with a first-round TKO.

Darrick Minner of the GLORY MMA gym looked to rebound from the first losing streak of his entire decade-long MMA career as he fought China’s own Shayilan Nuerdanbieke at UFC Vegas 64. Nuerdanbieke came in on a two-fight winning streak after dropping his debut in the Octagon.

These two veterans of the sport have extremely extensive resumes. Minner having 39 fights on his record and Nuerdanbieke having 37 fights. It was interesting to see who had more miles left in the tank and whose experience was more valuable.

Darrick Minner came right out of the gate with hard leg kicks. On one of the kicks, he seemed to hurt his leg or foot, perhaps due to his foot landing on the hipbone of Nuerdanbieke. Minner then grabbed at his leg and then limped back to the fence. He threw another kick with the same leg, but then Nuerdanbieke threw a punch and Minner fell to his back. It did not take long for the ground and pound to force referee Mark Smith to step in and stop the fight, giving Nuerdanbieke his third consecutive win.

Shayilan Nuerdanbieke def. Darrick Minner by TKO (Ground and Pound) in Round 1 (1:10)