ABU DHABI – Ottman Azaitar beat Teemu Packalen with a first-round knockout Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi.
Take a look inside the fight with Azaitar, who picked up a highlight-reel finish in his UFC debut.
Result: Ottman Azaitar def. Teemu Packalen via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 3:33
Updated records: Azaitar (12-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Packalen (8-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC)
Key stat: Azaitar has finishes in 11 of his 12 wins, including eight by knockout.
Azaitar on the fight’s key moment
“Something happened to my left hand. I’m not sure what yet. So my left hook was gone. That’s when I knew I had to go for the knockout.”
Azaitar on Packalen pressing forward
“It was really good out there tonight. I don’t usually go for the knockout. I prepared for a 15-minute fight. He came at me and he wanted to know how I could handle pressure. I didn’t expect him to make this pressure, but he did.”
Azaitar on what he wants next
“We’ve trained really well for this so now it’s on to whatever next.”
To hear more from Azaitar, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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