Capping off a finish-heavy fight card, Cory Sandhagen scored a TKO win over the #1 ranked contender Marlon Moraes with a spectacular spinning wheel kick.
Both Moraes and Sandhagen started off the main event bout with diverse strikes in a fast-paced first round, setting up what promised to be a tightly-contested affair.
Once the second round started, however, Sandhagen seemingly hit another gear and quickly proclaimed to have broken Moraes’ orbital bone after a flurry of strikes. With Sandhagen ramping up the pressure, a spinning wheel kick found its mark and sent the Brazilian stumbling back towards the cage.
With Moraes grounded, Sandhagen followed up with some swift ground and pound and forced the contest to be waved off.
Elsewhere at UFC Fight Night 179, and perhaps most notably, Joaquin Buckley scored what looks to be the leading contender for KO of the year against Impa Kasanganay after a two-touch spinning back kick to the face.
Cory Sandhagen def. Marlon Moraes via TKO (Round 2, 1:03)
Edson Barboza def. Makwan Amirkhani via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27 29-28)
Marcin Tybura def. Ben Rothwell via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
Dricus Du Plessis def. Markus Perez via KO (Round 1, 3:22)
Tom Aspinall def. Alan Baudot via TKO (Round 1, 1:35)
Ilia Topuria def. Youssef Zalal via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Tom Breese def. K.B. Bhullar via TKO (Round 1, 1:42)
Chris Daukaus def. Rodrigo Nascimento via KO (Round 1, 0:45)
Joaquin Buckley def. Impa Kasanganay via KO (Round 2, 2:03)
Tony Kelley def. Ali Alqaisi via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Giga Chikadze def. Omar Morales via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Early Preliminary Card
Tracy Cortez def. Stephanie Egger via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Tagir Ulanbekov def. Bruno Silva via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)