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At the first UFC event with crowds back since the pandemic brought the world to a halt, fans turned on YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul when he arrived in Jacksonville. The crowd chanted “f*** Jake Paul”, clearly not impressed with his beatdown of MMA veteran Ben Askren last week.
UFC heavyweight Daniel Cormier, who was commentating cageside for ESPN, said during the broadcast he would “slap him (Paul) in the face” and confronted the 24-year-old as the crowd continued to chant.
“I pointed at him. I said, ‘Don’t play with me’. Because I’ll slap him in the face. I don’t play those games,” Cormier said.
Ariane Carnelossi demolished Liang Na with a second-round finish in the first fight of the night in Florida, unleashing a heavy dose of ground and pound after securing top position following a takedown, leaving the referee no choice but to wave the contest off.
Danaa Batgerel took less than a minute to annihilate Kevin Natividad, swatting away an advance with a brutal left hook that dropped his opponent.
A disoriented Natividad tried to carry on but Batgerel wasn’t going to waste his chance, letting loose with a flurry of punches to end the fight in just 50 seconds.
Randy Brown sent the UFC world wild on the undercard as he submitted Alex Oliveira in the first round with a one-arm near naked choke, after landing a savage right hand flush on Oliveira’s chin.
Randy Brown defeated Alex Oliveira via submission (R1, 2:50)
Dwight Grant defeated Stefan Sekulic via split decision (29-28 x 2, 28-29)
Brendan Allen defeated Karl Roberson via submission (heel hook, R1, 4:55)
Pat Sabatini defeated Tristan Connelly via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x 2)
Danaa Batgerel defeated Kevin Natividad via TKO (R1, 0:50)
Kazula Vargas defeated Rong Zhu via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28 x 2)
Jeffrey Molina defeated Aori Qileng via unanimous decision (29-28 x 2, 29-27)
Ariane Carnelossi defeated Liang Na via TKO (R2, 1:28)