It’s not easy to make your UFC debut on the main card against a fighter in their home country, but Stanislav Nedkov stepped into shark infested waters in Brazil, and came out with a TKO win over Luiz Cane.
With an undefeated record of 11-0, Nedkov, a native of Bulgaria, was still relatively unknown coming into his first fight in the UFC. His debut was delayed because of injuries, but he finally showed why he belonged in the UFC on Saturday night.
Facing a dangerous striker in Luiz Cane, a shorter Nedkov struggled to find his distance early, but repeatedly threw an overhand right that the Brazilian just didn’t find a way to block.
Still through the early part of the fight, Cane controlled the stand up and busted Nedkov’s nose at one point, causing the Bulgarian to grab at his nose over and over again, obviously bothered by the injury.
Nedkov was undeterred however and as he tossed the right hand one more time he caught Cane, and followed it up with a left that rattled the Brazilian, putting him on wobbly legs.
Seeing his opponent was hurt, Nedkov rushed forward with strikes as Cane crumbled against the cage. The pressure stayed on with Nedkov blasting at Cane until the referee swooped in for the save.
The Brazilian crowd was silenced as Nedkov TKO’d Cane in the first round. A very proud Bulgarian, Nedkov paid tribute to his home country after getting the win.
“Bulgaria’s been waiting a very long time for this victory,” Nedkov said following his debut victory.
Now 12-0, Nedkov moves forward in his UFC career looking to stay undefeated.