Paulo Costa’s rise up the middleweight ranks continued tonight at UFC 226, as the Brazilian fighter finished Uriah Hall in a very entertaining scrap.
Hall repeatedly tagged Costa with a crisp jab in the opening round, while the latter kept firing off hard kicks to the body and big right hands. The action was halted at two points in the opening frame, as a result of low blows that Hall took.
Costa continued to pressure in round and winged in huge hooks to the head and body. At one point, it looked like Costa was clipped by a Hall counter, but not long after, the rising middleweight finished the bout with a vicious flurry of punches. Huge win for Costa.
Here are the results so far for UFC 226, which is going down in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Paulo Costa def. Uriah Hall via TKO (punches) R2, 2:38
Raphael Assuncao def. Rob Font via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Drakkar Klose def. Lando Vannata via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Curtis Millender def. Max Griffin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Dan Hooker def. Gilbert Burns via KO (punches) R1, 2:28
Emily Whitmire def. Jamie Moyle via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)