Chilean Ignacio Bahamondes became the second fighter from his country to achieve a victory in the UFC and how he did it. He knocked out Roosevelt Roberts with a spectacular spinning kick in the third round of their bout at the UFC Vegas 34 preliminaries in Las Vegas.
Bahamondes seemed to have dominated the fight, but when he heard the 10-second warning in the third round, he decided to go for it and the big finish came.
“I feel very blessed by the way things turned out, it was a tough fight, but I stayed positive and thank God, the victory came,” he said in an interview with ESPN Deportes.
‘La Cage’ won the match on the scorecards of two of the three judges, but he worked well with his hands to be able to land one of his high kicks, his most dangerous weapon.
“Some time a boxing coach told me, I hit the body that the head is going to go down by itself and that is what I was waiting for, I touched it a few times on the body and I said just lower my head and my hands a little bit I’m going to fly the head and thank God, that’s how it happened, “added the South American.
During the beginning of the contest, he suffered with the left hand of Roberts, one of the few lightweights who can match him in reach with his 1.90 meters of height.
“His strong point was the jab, he was very fast, but later I realized that he was not very strong. Every time he touched the body I felt that his jab was slower and he walked backwards and I said now that he is slowing down now I am going to increase his speed and I am going to show him the true fire, “he explained.
Bahamondes landed his UFC contract with a front kick off Mexican Edson Gomez last season at Dana White’s Contender Series and although he lost his debut to John Makdessi, it was a memorable fight that ended in a split decision.
“It’s something that I have inside of me, it’s something that is my style, my coach (Mike Valle) teaches me every day, my dad taught me when I was a kid. I don’t try to be spectacular, that’s my style ”, he added.
Ignacio, 23, sets his mark as a professional fighter at 12-4.