Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweights Anthony Perosh and Sean O'Connell dueled last night (May 9, 2015) at UFC Fight Night 65 inside Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia.
Despite his age, Perosh has proven to be a formidable foe for the average light heavyweight. Once again, the veteran grappler looked to drag down his opponent to the mat and lock in a submission hold.
Meanwhile, O'Connell entered this bout in a precarious position. Having lost two of his three prior UFC fights, the brawler need to earn the victory in order to have any job security.
This one ended before it ever got started.
O'Connell opened the bout by pressuring his opponent towards the fence. Once Perosh's back was to the fence, O'Connell really opened up with his punches, throwing lengthy combinations. Perosh attempted to exchange at first, but his knees were buckled a couple times.
Before long, Perosh was simply holding his hands around his face -- sort of -- and getting knocked around by his opponent's punches. After nearly falling down a third or fourth time, the referee called off the bout.
This was as good a performance as O'Connell could hope for. O'Connell kept his calm and wasted no time in attacking Perosh. Once he hurt the Aussie, O'Connell's constant punches ensured that Perosh never recovered, but he also kept his feet underneath him, which would've prevented any takedown or clinch attempts by "The Hippo."
Now, O'Connell is on a win streak of two violent knockouts, plus he arguably defeated Gian Villante in the bout before that. Expect him to square off with a fellow scrapper in his next bout, perhaps one that's a bit higher up in the rankings, such as Fabio Maldonado.
Unfortunately, Perosh's striking defense has never been great. Once he was hurt -- which happened almost immediately -- his defensive reactions were no good, which led to him getting nailed by a lengthy flurry of shots.
At Perosh's age, that's not likely a flaw he's able to fix. Instead, Perosh will just have to look to grapple more immediately, in the hopes that his opponent simply won't have the opportunity to tee off on him.
At UFC Fight Night 65, Sean O'Connell plastered Anthony Perosh in about one minute. Can the brawler make an impact on the light heavyweight division?
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