UFC Copenhagen Wrap Up: The Killa Gorilla stuns Hermansson and Denmark

Easy night for the Dublin-based Welsh star John Phillips too


The Killa Gorilla silences Denmark

Jared Cannonier is the complete opposite of what you might expect from a UFC fighter. He doesn’t trash talk, he doesn’t adopt a faux-pro-wrestling persona and he doesn’t bad-mouth other fighters in a bid to get himself a shot ahead of others. But what “The Killa Gorilla” does do very, very well is fight, and a few more people are beginning to wake up to his abilities after his huge victory at UFC Copenhagen on Saturday night.

The American middleweight produced an ice-cool performance to finish Jack Hermansson to surge into a contender spot in the UFC’s middleweight division.

Cannonier rocked Hermansson with a powerful uppercut, then followed him to the mat and battered him with strikes to force the second-round stoppage. After his win, Cannonier said that he has been overlooked because he doesn’t go out of his way to make a load of noise.

“There was a lot of people writing me off, probably because you don’t know me because I don’t run my mouth,” he said. “I don’t use my mouth to let people know how I fight. You’re going to have to watch me to know how I do my thing.

“So the more you guys avoid me, the better I’m going to get and the harder it’s going to be to beat me. Eventually, it’s going to be for the belt. It might as well be next to give everybody else a chance to get their hands on it before I get too good for anybody.”


Former Olympic medal-winning wrestler Mark O. Madsen showed all the attributes that made him such a success on the wrestling mats as he ran over Danilo Belluardo in the night’s co-main event. Madsen dominated from the opening bell and eventually crushed his man with a barrage of strikes to claim a TKO victory after just 72 seconds.

The emotions were similar, but the fight was very different as former Cage Warriors champ Nicolas Dalby returned to the UFC for his second stint with the promotion. He went back and forth with dangerous Brazilian Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira before eventually picking up a unanimous decision with scores of 29-28 from all three judges.

And “Lokomotivo” even had a call-out prepared.

 Dalby vs Perry? Be still our beating hearts…


 After enduring a frustrating time of it in his first three UFC bouts, Dublin-based Welsh star John Phillips delivered the most devastating performance of the night as he finished Alen Amedovski via knockout after just 17 seconds.

Phillips drew Amedovski into a back-and-forth battle as both men threw heavy from the pocket. But Phillips’ immense boxing experience proved crucial as he twice found a home on Amedovski’s chin for his sledgehammer left hand. The second of which brought about the end of the bout as the man who used to be known as “The White Mike Tyson” showcased his punch power in spectacular style.

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