UFC 274 Results Highlights: Michael Chandler delivers knockout-of-the-year contender to Tony Ferguson

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For one round at UFC 274, it seemed like Tony Ferguson was finally ready to return to the winning column, displaying some of his classic speed and power in the flashy game. Then, seconds into the second round, Ferguson was hit by one of the heaviest knockouts in UFC history when Michael Chandler’s foot slammed into his jaw, instantly ending the easy fight.

Ferguson opened the fight with some explosive punches, entering with straight punches to counter Chandler’s savage charge. The clean punch rocked Chandler twice, forcing him to explode through a double leg takedown to ground the fight and slow things down. Ferguson was aggressive from his back, throwing elbows and punches while Chandler tried to do the same from top position. The result of the ground attack from both sides was that both men returned to their corners cut and bloodied.

In the second round, Chandler wasted absolutely no time before ending the show. As Ferguson entered, Chandler threw a front kick that landed cleanly on Ferguson’s chin, sending Ferguson to the canvas unconscious.

Ferguson remained motionless for several minutes, eventually regaining consciousness and sitting on a stool before he could stand in the center of the octagon when Chandler’s hand was raised.

The win was important for Chandler, who had suffered losses to Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje in his two previous bouts.

“We didn’t even practice that much,” Chandler said of the knockout. “It just happened. He’s so long and leaves his hands wide and leaves a trail that we wanted to throw an uppercut through.”

Following his victory, Chandler challenged Justin Gaethje to a repeat of their thrilling war before also calling out UFC superstar Conor McGregor to a welterweight duel.

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