A UFC fighter has pulled off a freakish finisher that left Joe Rogan stunned after hauling himself back from the brink.
2020's most violent KO
Chase Hooper got it done. Photo: Twitter, UFC
The UFC is going out with a bang in with a loaded final pay-per-view of the year.
The stacked card is headlined by the flyweight title fight between Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno, while lightweight superstar Tony Ferguson makes his return to the Octagon looking for redemption.
Live coverage of the preliminary card begins at 11am (AEDT) on ESPN (Channel 509) on Foxtel and KAYO. The main card kicks off at 2pm on Main Event. ORDER NOW >
The sparks started flying early on the preliminary card with featherweight phenom Chase Hooper coming back from the brink to stop Peter Barrett with a stunning third round submission.
Hooper was left a “sitting duck” – according to UFC commentator Joe Rogan – when a series of leg chops from Barrett left the 20-year-old rising star unable to put pressure on his front leg.
Unable to move around the ring, Barrett landed a series of blows in the second round, but Hooper survived to the bell.
He owned the third round and changed the dynamic of the fight by taking it to the floor.
All of a sudden it was over when he executed a sweet a sweet rolling takedown before twisting his grappling position to lock-up Barrett’s legs. Slippery Pete was forced to tap out when Hooper held firm with a heel hook.
UFC legend Daniel Cormier couldn’t believe the dramatic comeback.
“Oh my goodness, I mean, that was nasty,” he said.
“The dude was getting beat up man.”
MMA reporter Damon Martin wrote on Twitter: “Chase Hooper pulls off the Hail Mary heel hook in the third round. That’s a gutsy performance after struggling through much of the first two rounds”.
HOW ABOUT [email protected]_Hooper locks in the submission to get the win!
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— UFC_AUSNZ (@UFC_AUSNZ) December 13, 2020
Barrett was clearly emotional after the fight, having watched as the victory slipped through his fingers.
UFC 256 RESULTS, FULL CARD
Main Card (from 2pm)
Deiveson Figueiredo (c) vs Brandon Moreno – Flyweight world title
Tony Ferguson vs Charles Oliveira – Lightweight
Mackenzie Dern vs Virna Jandiroba – Women’s Strawweight
Kevin Holland vs Ronaldo Souza – Middleweight
Junior dos Santos vs Ciryl Gane – Heavyweight
Preliminary Card (from 12pm)
Cub Swanson vs Daniel Pineda – Featherweight
Renato Moicano vs Rafael Fiziev – Lightweight
Gavin Tucker defeated Billy Quarantillo via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Tecia Torres defeated Sam Hughes via TKO, eye-swelling, Round 1
Early Preliminary Card
Chase Hooper defeated Peter Barrett via submission, heel hook – Round 3
'Animal' chasing historic title defence
Flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo will pull-off the quickest consecutive world title defences in the history of the UFC if he can overcome Brandon Moreno in the headline act of the Las Vegas pay-per-view card on Sunday (AEDT).
Figueiredo dismantled Alex Perez at UFC 255, needing only two minutes of the opening round to submit the challenger.
He’ll go up against Moreno who also fought on the UFC 255 card and has won four of his past five fights.
Figueiredo has won three fights in 2020 — all finishes — and will look to do the same against Moreno, who earned a shot at the title with a win over Brandon Royval.
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