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KNEE GAME PROPER! Marlon Moraes with the absurd KO knee on Aljamain Sterling! #UFCFresno https://t.co/Wn9Q0ul7fz2017-12-10 04:57:54
UFC Fight Night 123 in Fresno, California, featured a big contender's bout in the bantamweight division. Top 10-ranked bantamweights Marlon Moraes and Aljamain Sterling took to the Octagon on Saturday at the Save Mart Center.
An expected competitive fight ended in just 67 seconds thanks to a well-placed knee that had Twitter reacting:
Luke Thomas @lthomasnews
That's a KO of the Year contender, folks. Wow.2017-12-10 04:55:23
esther lin @allelbows
Ahhhhhhh!!!!!! Marlon Moraes!!!!! 😱😱😱😱😱😱 #UFCFresno2017-12-10 04:55:08
Kenny Florian @kennyflorian
Wow, that was a scary KO by Moraes. 😱 Risky taking this fight on short notice against such a tough fighter like Sterling. Safe to say, it worked out. #UFCFresno2017-12-10 05:00:14
Moraes forced the issue right out of the gate against Sterling and had him hurt with heavy punches. Sterling showed he was still a threat by nearly catching an arm, which forced Moraes back to the feet.
Once back standing, Sterling went after a single-leg takedown and ate a perfectly placed knee on the chin. He hit the mat stiff and unconscious. Moraes has picked up two big Top 10 victories in less than a month.
Michael Christmas Carroll @MJCflipdascript
Moraes grimaced when he saw that Sterling was still down a while after the finish. #UFCFresno2017-12-10 04:58:00
In the post-fight interview in the cage, Moraes wished Sterling a speedy recovery, and FightMetric's Michael Christmas Carroll noted Moraes "grimaced" to see Sterling still on the mat.
Greg Savage @TheSavageTruth
Aljo moving. Just carried out of cage on a backboard.2017-12-10 04:58:58
Sterling was moving and taken out on a backboard, per Professional Fighters League Director of Communications Greg Savage.
Moraes is now firmly back in the title picture after a brutal KO finish against one of the division's brightest prospects.