Josh Culibao was the third Australian to secure a win in Perth with a stunning victory over Melsik Baghdasaryan.

Culibao copped a brutal spinning heel kick from Baghdasaryan in the first round, with the Armenian’s heel catching the Aussie right in the Jatz crackers.

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Although he had the allocated five minutes to recover, Culibao needed only a couple of minutes.

In the second round, Culibao thought he copped a headbutt from Baghdasaryan but the referee did not halt the tense contest.

But the fight came to an end when Culibao dropped Baghdasaryan and, as quick as lightning, sunk in a rear-naked choke that the Armenian desperately tried to defend but ultimately failed as he tapped out.


Aussie featherweight star Jack Jenkins has emerged victorious on his UFC debut, out-pointing Don Shainis in a dominant unanimous decision victory.

Jenkins unleashed a barrage of brutal leg kicks on Shainis’ left peg throughout the opening round, with one even dropping the American on his backside.

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Shainis managed to provide more resistance in the second round and managed to take Jenkins down to the ground and postured up in full mount.

However, with less than 30 seconds to go, Jenkins then took Shainis down and almost slipped in a rear-naked choke but the American was able to squirm out of trouble as the horn sounded.

It was one-way traffic in the third as Jenkins enjoyed plenty of success with the takedowns en route to a victory on the scorecards, earning two 30-27 scores and a 29-28 score.

Although Jenkins and fellow countryman Jamie Mullarkey had their hands raised, with the latter calling out Paddy ‘The Paddy Pimblett’ after his win, there was no such luck for Shannon Ross.

The Aussie was lit up by Brazilian rival Kleydson Rodrigues in a brutal beatdown that lasted less than a minute.

Mullarkey called out Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett after his win. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
Mullarkey called out Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett after his win. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images


UFC fans are up in arms after Brazilian underdog Elves Brenner secured a victory via split decision over Zubaira Tukhugov.

Although the latter missed weight by 1.5 pounds, he was the dominant force between the two in the fight despite suffering a nasty gash on his forehead in the first round.

Brenner seemed to edge out his Russian rival in the first before Tukhugov came roaring back in the second and third.

But the UFC commentary team was left stunned as were several fans on social media when the scorecards were read out and confirmed Brenner had won, with one judge scoring the fight 30-27 in the Brazilian’s favour.


Main card

Lightweight championship: Islam Makhachev (c) vs Alexander Volkanovski

Interim Featherweight championship: Yair Rodríguez vs Josh Emmett

Welterweight: Jack Della Maddalena vs Randy Brown

Heavyweight: Justin Tafa vs Parker Porter

Light Heavyweight: Jimmy Crute vs Alonzo Menifield

Preliminary card

Light Heavyweight: Tyson Pedro def by Modestas Bukauskas (30-27, 29-28 x 2)

Featherweight: Joshua Culibao def Melsik Baghdasaryan via submission in Round 2

Flyweight: Shannon Ross def by Kleydson Rodrigues via TKO in Round 1

Lightweight: Jamie Mullarkey def Francisco Prado via UD (30-27 x3)

Early preliminary card

Featherweight: Jack Jenkins def Don Shainis via UD (30-27 x 2, 29-28)

Women’s Strawweight: Loma Lookboonmee def Elise Reed via submission in Round 2

Featherweight: Shane Young def by Blake Bilder via UD (30-27 x 2, 29-28)

Lightweight: Zubaira Tukhugov def by Elves Brenner via SD (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)


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