Round 1: The two fighters touch gloves and UFC Fight Night 40 is officially underway. Lapsley quickly looks for a single leg takedown. Tumenov defends the attempt. Lapsley moves in with a kick to the body. Tumenov catches it and fires off a right hand that knocks Lapsley down. Lapsley quickly gets to is feet. Tumenov inches forward as Lapsley circles on the outside. Lapsley dives for legs, but Tumenov escapes back to his feet. Tumenov has Lapsley’s back against the fence. Tumenov lands a straight right hand. Tumenov leaps in with a left hook. Lapsley not looking comfortable standing with Tumenov. Tumenov lands a right hand. He delivers a left hook that drops Lapsley. It’s over. Tumenov wins by knockout.
The official time of the knockout was 3:56 of the opening round.
“My preparation for the fight was very good. I trained very hard, and when you do that, it makes it easy when you get in the cage. I’m very grateful to my coaches, trainers and everyone who supported me for this fight.
“My goal was not to rush into things. I wanted to take my time and pick him apart, and with God’s help, I was able to do that.
“I have one job to do. I want to get back in the gym and prepare for my next fight.”
“I didn’t perform well.”