For the first time ever, the Octagon touched down in Poland Saturday, as UFC Fight Night 64 took place on Fight Pass.
Mirko Cro Cop earned his first Octagon victory in five years, stopping Gabriel Gonzaga in the third round with a series of vicious elbows. After nearly knocking Gonzaga out on his feet, Cro Cop used ground-and-pound to earn the stoppage win in the rematch.
Cro Cop also set a new UFC/Pride/WEC/Strikeforce record with his 21st finish, moving ahead of Wanderlei Silva on a list that also features Anderson Silva and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
Fighting for the first time in several months, Jimi Manuwa improved to 15-1 with a decision over Jan Blachowicz at light heavyweight. Pawel Pawlak, competing in his home country, scored a decision over Ultimate Fighter: The Nations runner-up Sheldon Westcott to improve to 11-1 in his career.
To open the main card, Maryna Moroz stunned No. 6 Joanne Calderwood and a heavy betting favorite, locking up an armbar and earning the submission victory in just 90 seconds. Moroz remained unbeaten and immediately jumped the Octagon and called out champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
Moroz and Jedrzejczyk exchanged words on multiple occasions, with the Polish champion even indicating she would step inside the cage tomorrow to face Moroz.
Leon Edwards made history on the prelims, scoring the second-fastest knockout in welterweight history when he knocked out Seth Baczynski in just seven seconds. The British fighter connected with a right and followed up with a punch on the ground that woke Baczynski back up.
Bartosz Fabinski did give the hometown fans something to cheer about, dominating Garreth McLellan and picking up a decision in his Octagon debut. Also, Sergio Moraes pulled out a decision over newcomer Mickael Lebout.
It was a rough prelim for Poland fighters Damian Stasiak and Daniel Omielanczuk, who each dropped decisions. Yaotzin Meza, with former UFC champion Benson Henderson in his corner, earned a decision over Stasiak, while Anthony Hamilton grinded away Omielanczuk in the heavyweight division.
Making their Octagon debuts, Aleksandra Albu and Steven Ray silenced the pro-Poland crowd, defeating Izabela Badurek and Marcin Bandel. Albu locked up a guillotine choke in the second round vs. Badurek, while Ray stopped Bandel via strikes – also in the second.
Taylor Lapilus kicked off the card with a decision victory over Rocky Lee.
Cro Cop and Gonzaga earned the “Fight of the Night,” while Edwards and Moroz each picked up “Performance of the Night” bonuses. All four fighters were awarded $50,000 for their efforts.
Complete results can be found below:
Mirko Cro Cop def. Gabriel Gonzaga via TKO (strikes) at 3:30 of Round 3
Jimi Manuwa def. Jan Blachowicz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Pawel Pawlak def. Sheldon Westcott via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Maryna Moroz def. Joanne Calderwood via submission (armbar) at 1:30 of Round 1
Leon Edwards def. Seth Baczynski via KO (strike) at :08 of Round 1
Bartosz Fabinski def. Garreth McLellan via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Sergio Moraes def. Mickael Lebout via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Yaotzin Meza def. Damian Stasiak via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Anthony Hamilton def. Daniel Omielanczuk via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Aleksandra Albu def. Izabela Badurek via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:34 of Round 2
Steven Ray def. Marcin Bandel via TKO (strikes) at 1:35 of Round 2
Taylor Lapilus def. Rocky Lee via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)