Watch: Lights out! UFC fighter lines up perfect headshot before devastating elbow puts rival to sleep

Veteran mixed martial arts fighter Matt Brown has delivered one of 2017's most memorable knockouts, yesterday flooring Diego Sanchez with a vicious elbow in the first round.

The 36-year-old struggled to land early shots against Sanchez at UFC Fight Night 120 in Virginia, USA until his opponent attempted a kick while on the ground.

But Brown caught Sanchez's foot and made him back pedal into the netting of the octagon where he lined up a perfect headshot.

Michael Johnson lost the plot but at least later apologised to Dustin Poirier:” It was an emotional week”.

Both UFC stars had to be restrained by UFC president Dana White as they stared each other down at UFC 194 weigh-ins today. Source: 1 NEWS

The UFC star's trainer captured the onslaught of punches on camera at an event in South Auckland. Source: 1 NEWS

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He then followed through with a sinister elbow strike that knocked Sanchez out cold and earned him the performance of the night.

The win moved Brown to a record of 21-16 while Sanchez fell to 27-11.


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Dillian Whyte looming as next opponent for Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua's next opponent appears to be all but confirmed, with a rematch against compatriot Dillian Whyte to go ahead despite declaring he's targeting American champion Deontay Wilder, according to the Times.

Having defeated Alexander Povetkin with a seventh round knockout last weekend, Joshua is still wanting a bout with WBC title holder Wilder, as victory would see him crowned heavyweight boxing's unified, undisputed champion.

However, with Wilder to fight Brit Tyson Fury in Las Vegas on December 1, Joshua's options have thinned, meaning a possible rematch with Whyte firming as the most lucrative for the undefeated 28-year old.

Joshua defeated Whyte in 2015, handing him his only career loss to date, while both fighters have defeated New Zealand's Joseph Parker in 2018.

Whyte meanwhile, appears likely to face longtime rival Dereck Chisora in December, although his status as the WBO's leading challenger could see him be given another fight against Joshua as a mandatory challenger. 

Promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed that Joshua's next bout will be on April 13 after Sunday's victory.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Dillian Whyte knocks Joseph Parker down during the Heavyweight fight between Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker at The O2 Arena on July 28, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
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Anthony Joshua's promoter guarantees Joseph Parker 'will come back in a big fight'

Anthony Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn is backing Kiwi heavyweight Joseph Parker to return to the ring with some big names, despite his losses to Joshua and Dillian Whyte.

Hearn says the 26-year-old former WBO boxing champion is a calibre fighter, who can go up against the best in the heavyweight division.

"There is a lot of depth now in the heavyweight division," said Hearn.

"Even the guys that are losing are available for big fights, not with AJ.

"But (Joseph) Parker will come back in a big fight, (Alexander) Povetkin will come back in a big fight."

Joshua defeated Russian boxer Povetkin via a seventh round TKO yesterday at Wembley Stadium, to retain his WBA, IBF and WBO titles.

"The division has never been better and that is down to strength and depth."

Parker lost to Joshua in April via unanimous decision in Cardiff, Wales.

He also lost by unanimous decision to number one ranked WBC fighter Dillian Whyte in July in London.

Parker is expected to return to the boxing ring in December for his final bout in 2018.

Eddie Hearn backs the Kiwi heavyweight to throw down with some big names following losses to Joshua and Dillian Whyte. Source: IFL TV

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Watch: The stinging series of punches that saw Anthony Joshua leave Povetkin on the canvas

With blood streaming out of his busted nose, Anthony Joshua was in deep trouble once more in front of 80,000 stunned spectators at Wembley Stadium.

Alexander Povetkin, a 39-year-old Russian with supposedly his best days behind him, was dominating heavyweight boxing's new superstar with his powerful inside work and punching power.

Like 17 months ago when he was knocked down by Wladimir Klitschko in the same venue, Joshua was looking vulnerable. And just like that career-defining night, he came through.

Joshua slowly picked off a tiring Povetkin and delivered a brutal finish in the seventh round to retain his WBA, IBF, and WBO belt.

The end was emphatic, and trademark Joshua. A left hook left Povetkin open and Joshua followed through with a straight right that sent the challenger to the canvas. Povetkin had his head through the ropes at one point but he managed to get to his feet, only for Joshua to pile in with a flurry of punches that caused the referee to step in and stop the fight with 1:01 left in the round.

"There is a lot of pressure, the whole country is rooting for me," said Joshua, whose phenomenal pulling power has seen him attract almost 400,000 spectators to his last five fights. "The energy in here spurs you on and you do feel that pressure, I'm not going to lie."

Joshua's record moved to 22-0, with 21 wins coming inside the distance. He is booked to return to Wembley on April 13 for his next bout, and the plan is for the opponent to be either WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder or former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

Asked in the ring who his preferred opponent would be, Joshua said: "My No. 1 would be Wilder, let's not talk about a No. 2 or 3."

The world heavyweight champion dispatched the Russian challenger at London’s Wembley Stadium. Source: SKY


Kiwi weightlifting champion David Liti breaks 16-year national record

New Zealand's weightlifting golden boy David Liti is showing no signs of slowing down, toppling a national record today in Auckland which has stood for 16 years.

The 22-year-old surpassed Kiwi great Nigel Avery with a record 176kg snatch.

Liti said he was chuffed with his record lift.

"Over the moon really, I've wanted those records since I started weightlifting," said Liti.

His coach Tina Bell says his form is coming just right before the November world championships.

"We are just well and truly on our way to a great preparation for the world's," said Bell.

Liti won gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games men's 105kg+ division in April and was awarded a special sportsmanship award during the closing ceremony.

Liti lifted a record 176kg snatch to surpass former record holder Nigel Avery. Source: 1 NEWS


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