Francisco Trinaldo has retired UFC veteran Evan Dunham with a stunning knee to the liver at UFC Sao Paulo.
The 36-year-old Dunham’s bid to go out on a high was ended late in the second round of the lightweight fight by his Brazilian opponent.
Trinaldo had no need to jump in for some finishing punches – Dunham was crushed by the knee and the referee stopped the fight.
Wow, crazy knockout by Trinaldo. Nails Dunham with a knee to the liver that shuts down his system.
If that's the last time we see Evan Dunham compete, he will be missed.
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) September 23, 2018
What a counter knee liver shot from Trinaldo! That is horror movie vicious.
— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) September 23, 2018
Oh sweet Jesus. Trinaldo landed a counter knee to the liver. That was nasty as hell! #UFCSP
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) September 23, 2018
excellent timing for the knee Trinaldo is like a wine the older the better
— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) September 23, 2018
— Blake (@Woolman7242) September 23, 2018
The victory was Trinaldo’s 23rd as a professional and first stoppage win in two years.
Dunham, meanwhile, ended his career with consecutive defeats via knees to the body, having lost at UFC 223 in April.
Joshua fights back to retain world titles
Britain’s Anthony Joshua has overcome a slow start to deliver a devastating knockout in the seventh round to defeat Russian Alexander Povetkin.
Joshua retained his impressive WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO world heavyweight championship belts, and sent boxing fans into a frenzy.
In front of about 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, Joshua fought with a suspected broken nose from the second round to improve his unbeaten record to 22 wins, 21 wins inside the distance.
Joshua sent Povetkin to the canvas with a big right midway through the seventh and was unloading a flurry of punches to end the fight.
“Povetkin is a very tough challenger, he proved that tonight with good left hooks and counter punches,” Joshua said.
“I knew he was strong to the head but weak to the body. I was just mixing it up.
“It could have been seven, maybe nine, maybe 12 rounds to get him out of there but the ultimate aim was to be victorious.
“I got my knockout streak back.”
The loss was just the second of 39-year-old Povetkin’s 36-fight career – his only other defeat was to Wladimir Klitschko, who Joshua scored a TKO win over last year to claim three of his four world titles.