The Main Card of UFC 221 kicks off with a light heavyweight bout between Australian Tyson Pedro and Dagestani Saparbek Safarov.
At 26 years old of age Pedro sums up two impressive UFC wins against Khalil Rountree and Paul Craig. He finished both fighters in the first round with a TKO and a submission. We last saw Pedro entering the octagon against top-ranked light heavyweight Ilir Latifi this past September. Although he performed well throughout the fight Latifi grabbed the decision win.
Saparbek Safarov, a master of combat sambo, and former champion enters the Octagon as the underdog. He looks to rebound from his UFC debut TKO loss against Gian Villante.
We see both fighters starting the round explosiveness, Pedro starts more heavy-handed. We see Pedro throwing a front kick, making Safarov respect the distance. We see Safarov struggling with the kicks for a moment. Safarov tries to counter with a left but misses. We later see both fighters going back and forth standing up. Safarov tries for the takedown. He successfully takes Pedro down, both fighters scramble and Tyson Pedro manages to get hold of Safarov’s arm. He goes for the Kimura submission and applies it to perfection.
Official Result: Tyson Pedro wins the fight via Submission (Kimura)