UFC 200: Gegard Mousasi impressive in first round KO over Thiago Santos

Gegard Mousasi needed less than five minutes to assess Thiago Santos’ skills and then secure the finish in their UFC 200 Fight Pass preliminary contest.

UFC 200 is being held tonight (July 9, 2016) at the T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada.

The event will be the first that the organization has hosted at T-Mobile Arena, which opened in April 2016. It takes place during the UFC’s annual International Fight Week and marks the second time the UFC has held host three events in consecutive days.

Gegard Mousasi vs. Thiago Santos took place on the preliminary card which aired on UFC Fight Pass

Mousasi was the man coming slightly forward to start out the fight, while Santos looked to circle and stay at range on the outside.  Mousasi landed a nice combo with his hands before Santos answered with a hard hook, but both men were mostly inactive in the opening minutes.  Mousasi finally opened up around the halfway point of the round and rocked the Brazilian near the cage, allowing him to take his back and land punches.  Santos was stood briefly, but couldn’t keep his feet and was taken down again.  This allowed Mousasi to acquire half guard and land more GnP.  Santos did make it back to full guard and stood back up, but that was his undoing.

Mousasi caught him with a bone-rattling right uppercut that was followed by a left hook.  Santos collapsed to the mat and the referee called a halt to the action at 4:32 of round one.

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