UFC Struggle Evening 241 video: Tom Nolan rallies from knockdown, finishes Victor Martinez in jaw-dropping turnaround

by Christina S. Brown
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For a couple of moments Saturday, it appeared like Tom Nolan the prospect may be trending towards Tom Nolan the bust.

Then he turned the tables so shortly that Victor Martinez needed to be questioning what simply occurred. Nolan (7-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) shut down Martinez (13-6 MMA, 0-2 UFC) with a first-round TKO, however solely after he survived a knockdown and offensive onslaught from Martinez.

Nolan’s end got here on the 3:50 mark of the opening spherical in a light-weight battle on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas during which he was a 5-1 favourite.

Nolan received up from Martinez’s blitz and hit him with a knee – a knee he apparently predicted he would land within the days main as much as the battle. The knee buckled Martinez, and Nolan shortly pounded him out for the TKO end.

After a Dana White’s Contender Collection win in 83 seconds in August 2023, his UFC debut in January lasted simply 63 seconds when Nikolas Motta took him out with a TKO. That, mixed with the tough patch simply earlier than he turned issues round are the superb line between prospect and bust within the sport.

Try Nolan’s end:

Up-to-the-minute UFC Struggle Evening 241 outcomes embody:

  • Tom Nolan def. Victor Martinez by way of TKO (knee, punches) – Spherical 1, 3:50
  • Oumar Sy def. Tuco Tokkos by way of submission (rear-naked choke) – Spherical 1, 3:43
  • Melissa Gatto def. Tamires Vidal by way of TKO (punches) – Spherical 3, 0:37
  • Abus Magomedov def. Warlley Alves by way of unanimous choice (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
  • Ariane Carnelossi def. Piera Rodriguez by way of disqualification (intentional head butt) – Spherical 2, 3:16
  • Heili Alateng def. Kleydson Rodrigues by way of unanimous choice (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Vanessa Demopoulos def. Emily Ducote by way of break up choice (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

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