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Highlights! Four fighters crowned ‘Road to UFC’ champions | UFC Vegas 68

UFC Fight Night: Kazama v Nakamura Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

The final four matchups from “Road to UFC” played out in dramatic fashion last night (Sat., Feb. 4, 2023) at UFC Vegas 68 live on ESPN+ from inside UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, as four Asian fighters were crowned victorious and earned a new UFC contract.

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BLOCKBUSTER BANTAMWEIGHT CONTENDERS’ BOUT! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) departs APEX for a special “Fight Night” extravaganza at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, on Sat., March 25, 2023, featuring a pair of thrilling 135-pound bouts. Surging No. 4-ranked contender Marlon Vera goes for his fifth consecutive win when he takes on exciting finisher and No. 5-seeded Cory Sandhagen. In UFC San Antonio’s ESPN+-streamed co-main event, former women’s 135-pound champion and current No. 3-ranked Holly Holm battles Yana Santos (No. 4).

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The biggest standout performance of the four fights was a 33-second knockout finish by 27-year-old Rinya Nakamura. The Japanese fighter finished fellow bantamweight startup Toshiomi Kazama with a nasty right hand early into the first. Kazama quickly fell to the canvas and Nakamura followed up with a final punch.

The win pushes Nakamura’s professional record to 7-0 as the former freestyle wrestler has completely dominated his competition to date. It will be interesting to see how fast UFC pushes Nakamura along as he seems to posses the whole package, consisting of high-level wrestling and highlight-reel knockout power.

Check out all of the “Road to UFC” finals action below courtesy of UFC/ESPN:

Flyweight Finals: Sung Hyun Park def. Seung Guk Choi via third-round submission (rear-naked choke)

Bantamweight Finals: Rinya Nakamura def. Toshiomi Kazama via first-round KO

Featherweight Finals: Jeong Yeong Lee def. Yi Zha via Split Decision

Lightweight Finals: Anshul Jubli def. Jeka Saragih via second-round TKO (elbows and punches)

For complete UFC Vegas 68 results and coverage click here.

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