In the preliminary portion of the UFC 166 card emanating from the Toyota Center in Houston, fans in attendance were treated to a showdown between upstart welterweight’s Adlan Amagov and T.J. Waldburger.
The fight was heralded as a showdown to watch, as Amagov was a fighter coming out of the famed Greg Jackson camp in Albuquerque, N.M., and Waldburger was a six-fight UFC veteran hailing from the Lone Star State.
Unfortunately for the hometown faithful cheering Waldburger on, the fight with the dangerous Russian ended in the first round with a vicious knockout. Amagov clinched Waldburger and delivered a brutal succession of left hooks, the last of which sent his opponent unconscious face first to the mat.
As Waldburger rolled over, completely disoriented and defeated, Amagov lunged in with a final salvo of hammerfists – many of which seemed unnecessary.
Amagov did as most fighters do and kept going until the referee called a halt to the action. Referee Jay Stafin, however, was heavily criticized across the social media landscape for his slow reaction time in stopping the fight.
Even UFC president Dana White chimed in, tweeting, “That ref sucks!!!!!”
Waldburger lay motionless on the canvas after the fight. As the minutes passed, most reports were that Waldburger was showing no signs of motion as the stretcher carried him out of the Octagon.
At the post-fight press conference, White reported that Waldburger was, in fact, fine, and even went out to grab a bite to eat after being discharged from a local Houston-area hospital.
“Waldburger, all of his tests came back negative,” said White. “He was fine. He was discharged, went to dinner, and he is good.”
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