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Gunnar Nelson has shocked fans after an ‘elbow from hell’ caused one of the bloodiest fights in UFC history.
Nelson hit Alex Oliveira with the vicious strike in the second round of their fight on Sunday, slicing open his opponent’s forehead.
Blood poured out of Oliveira’s head and onto the mat, before Nelson got him on his back, resulting in the blood flowing into his eyes.
A blinded Oliveira was then forced to tap out as Nelson locked in a rear-naked choke.
Oliveira was left a bloody mess, with fans describing it as the bloodiest fight in UFC history.
That might be the bloodiest fight in UFC history. #UFC231
— E. Spencer Kyte (@spencerkyte) December 9, 2018
All that blood made that fight look like a horror movie. #UFC231
— Dennis Tzeng (@ThinkHero) December 9, 2018
— Francisco Rodríguez (@Pacogaku_FX) December 9, 2018
That was an elbow from hell
— JT (@sport_tingtweet) December 9, 2018
Holloway retains featherweight title via 4th round TKO
Max Holloway was yanked from his last two fights because of concerns regarding his health.
On Sunday, though, the only concerns were about Brian Ortega, who suffered a frightful beating at the hands of the increasingly dominant UFC featherweight champion.
Holloway battered Ortega in their featherweight title fight at Scotiabank Arena with right hands throughout and the fight was stopped with Ortega’s left eye swollen shut and blood pouring down his face from his nose and mouth.
It was largely no contest, as Ortega never really got untracked and Holloway pummelled him mercilessly.
Holloway defeated Jose Aldo at UFC 218 a year ago, then was pulled out of fights in April and in July because of health issues.
He was the picture of health on Sunday, as he had his way with the previously unbeaten Ortega.
Ortega was a sensation in running his record to 14-0, pulling out amazing come-from-behind submissions and scoring brutal knockouts.
But he was never in the fight from the opening moments as he ate hard, clean shots from the Hawaiian champion.
“Is there anybody left?!” Holloway shouted to the crowd as he left the cage.
Holloway had beaten Anthony Pettis and then had two wins over Aldo in his last three fights, meaning each of his last three wins was over a former UFC champion.
Ortega wasn’t a champion, but seemed to be destined to become one as he ran up an impressive record with flair and panache.
Holloway, though, showed he is among the elite fighters in the game and probably the greatest featherweight in UFC history.
He won for the 13th consecutive time against some of the best competition the UFC has to offer, and more often than not, has made it look easy.