An exciting first bout of the U.F.C. 264 main card ended with fan favorite Sean O’Malley getting a technical knockout over Kris Moutinho in Las Vegas.
Herb Dean stopped the fight four minutes into the third round, a decision that was met with boos from those in attendance, as Moutinho absorbed a series of shots by O’Malley.
O’Malley was the biggest betting favorite on Saturday’s fight card, and it was obvious why as the fight commenced. The fans at T-Mobile Arena chanted his name at the onset of the fight as he did an air dribble.
“Shout out to the Phoenix Suns. I was going for a little dribble-dribble,” O’Malley shouted after his win.
O’Malley was accurate with his punches, and he struck early and often, but he clearly didn’t expect Moutinho to put up the fight that he did, and he appeared to be running low on energy the longer the fight went on.