‘Abuse’ Magomedov destroys Dustin Stoltzfus in France

Abusupiyan Magomedov took the scorched earth approach.

The 32-year-old Russian wowed the crowd on his long-awaited Ultimate Fighting Championship debut as he obliterated Dustin Stoltzfus with a front kick to the face and follow-up punches in the first round of their preliminary UFC Fight Night 209 on Saturday at the Accor Arena in France. A short-notice replacement for Makhmud Muradov, Stoltzfus (14-5, 1-4 UFC) retired 19 seconds into the first round.

Magomedov (25-4-1, 1-0 UFC) forced former Contender Series Dana White into a retreat after he ate the front kick, backed him up with a right uppercut and snagged him. leveled with hooks with both hands before hitting him with punches for a spectacular save. It was the sixth sub-minute finish of the former two-division Superior Fighting Championship title holder.

Haqparast surpasses ex-teammate Makdessi

Tristar Gym star Nasrat Haqparast closed the book on the first two-fight losing streak of his career with a unanimous decision over former teammate John Makdessi in a three-round lightweight showdown. Haqparast (14-5, 6-4 UFC) swept the scorecards with 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 from the judges.

Makdessi (18-8, 11-8 UFC) relied on intense pressure and an active kicking game, but failed to corral his more elusive counterpart. Haqparast parried the Canadian with a counter left hook in the second round, started stringing combinations together and seemed to be equally effective at targeting the body and the head. He shuffled two takedowns late in the third round to add insurance.

Makdessi, 37, has lost two of his last three fights.

Ziam sinks Figlak undefeated

Sanford MMA’s Fares Ziam bounced back from his Feb. 26 loss to Terrance McKinney with a unanimous decision over previously undefeated Michael Figlak in a three-round slight tilt: All three members of the bench sided with Ziam (13 -4, 3-2 UFC): 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.

Figlak (8-1, 0-1 UFC) was aggressive early on, perhaps wrongly so, but found himself outplayed in virtually every phase. Ziam drew blood with ground and pound in the first round, knocked down the Trojan Free Fighters standout with an exquisite close spinning elbow in the second and battled through brief adversity in the third. There, Figlak climbed aft at one point and climbed into full mount, only to abandon his position moments later.

Ziam, 25, has won three in his last four appearances.

Replacement of the wrecks of Saint-Denis Miranda

Venum training camp rep Benoit St. Denis hit Gabriel Miranda with punches in the second round of their action-packed encounter at lightweight. A short-notice replacement for Christos Giagos, Miranda (16-6, 0-1 UFC) checked 16 seconds into Round 2.

St. Denis (10-1, 2-1 UFC) was relentless in his pursuit. The Frenchman fed on the energy of the hometown crowd, set the tone with a body kick, ran through the shots the Brazilian tried to respond with and wore him down with a buildup of punishments. He knocked Miranda down twice in less than five minutes, tipped him to the brink at the end of the first round and picked up where he left off as soon as the middle stanza was in progress. St. Denis floored the MMA Masters star with a clean right hook, dragged him to the canvas and finished him with follow-up punches.

The setback was Miranda’s first in nearly four years.

Quinonez Zaps Reeling Taha

Entram Gym prospect Christian Quinonez buried former Fair Fighting Championship titleholder Khalid Taha with punches in the first round of their bantamweight clash. Without a win since April 13, 2019, Taha (13-5, 1-4 UFC) succumbed to blows at 3:15 a.m. of Round 1.

A late replacement for Taylor Lapilus, Quinonez (18-3, 1-0 UFC) took advantage of his opportunity. Dana White’s Contender Series graduate held Taha at bay with a steady jab, dodged the return shot and went about his business inside the Octagon. Quinonez dropped the German with a right hook over the top, shoved him onto his back and sealed the deal with a quick flurry of hammer-to-nail blows.

Quinonez, 26, will ride a five-game winning streak in his next mission.

Eggar Choke submits Perez

Buddy Gym exporter Stephanie Egger rebounded from an Aug. 6 submission loss to Mayra Bueno Silva as she brushed off promotional newcomer Ailin Perez with a rear-end choke in the second round of their featherweight couple feminine. A short-notice replacement for Zarah Fairn dos Santos, Egger (8-3, 3-2 UFC) ended 4:54 into Round 2.

Perez (7-2, 0-1 UFC) didn’t factor much into the equation. Egger executed multiple throws and trip kills, dominated grappling exchanges, and effectively stopped the former Samurai Fight House champion on the mat. At the end of the second round, the Swiss judoka stepped up to Perez’s back, distracted her with a floor and a book and blocked the fight-ending choke.

Egger, 34, has won three of his last four fights.

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