UFC Vegas 70: Trevor Peek Sleeps Erick Gonzalez With One Second Left in First Round

Trevor Peek and Erick Gonzalez, UFC Vegas 70
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 25: (L-R) Trevor Peek punches Victor Martinez in a lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 25, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Trevor Peek gained some notoriety for his southern drawl and hard-nosed performance on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2022, with many comparing him to Bryce Mitchell. At UFC Vegas 70, Trevor went into his UFC debut looking to continue his undefeated run against Erick Gonzalez.

Gonzalez had lost two in a row to start his UFC tenure, albeit to strong names in Jim Miller and Terrance McKinney, and looked to right the ship against an apparent step down in competition.

Peek came out throwing for the fences and wild question mark kicks. Gonzalez swung back but fell short every time and Peek landed in reply. He rarely landed clean on the chin, but he hit the body or landed partially and it was effecting Gonzalez. One minute into the round he hurt Gonzalez, but Erick replied with a takedown. He tried to pass into mount but Peek reversed. They scrambled more then got back to space. Peek poured on the pressure with powerful, wild hooks, forcing Gonzalez to clinch up again, which he could do easily because of Peek’s over-swinging.

Peek almost got his back taken but managed to keep getting to his feet and avoid horrible positions, though Gonzalez kept the body lock until Peek broke free with two minutes left, throwing wild strikes again. Gonzalez replied with a takedown into top half guard. Peek tried to pull a Kimura but lost the grip, though he got to his feet in the clinch. When he broke free he rocked Gonzalez badly with a hook and then dropped him to the mat. Gonzalez was almost out but he managed to survive and clinch up.

Trevor broke free with twenty seconds left and swarmed him wildly to end the round. With three seconds left Gonzalez was dropped to his butt against the fence, and two more punches forced the referee to step half a second before the end of the round.

Trevor Peek delivered a major performance in wild fashion in his UFC debut to keep his undefeated record. Cameras caught him talking to Bruce Buffer and expressing his admiration for the long-time UFC announcer in a sweet moment.

Official Result: Trevor Peek def. Erick Gonzalez by KO (punches), Round 1, 4:59