It was an elbow that slept “The Korean Zombie” … and it came just in time.
Yair Rodriguez defied the odds at UFC Fight Night 139 by knocking Chan Sung Jung out with one second left in the fight when he connected on a short right elbow that sent “The Korean Zombie” crashing face first to the canvas early Sunday morning.
The scintillating KO tied the UFC record for the latest finish.
1 second left… No better way to go out on the 25th Anniversary! pic.twitter.com/aGg1Z0bAeO
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) November 11, 2018
The fifth and final round began with Jung and Rodriguez bloody, battered and bruised. Yet, they continued to stand in the middle of the Octagon and trade heavy punches and kicks. In a unique moment, Rodriguez and Jung touched gloves with 10 seconds remaining as a nod of respect to each other for the war that they had for nearly five rounds. But just when it looked like the bout being decided on judges’ scorecards was a formality, Rodriguez ducked under Jung’s left hand and caught him with a devastating elbow from one of the most unique angles you’ll ever see. It was lights out for Jung before he even hit the canvas. How Rodriguez was able to generate that kind of power with a short elbow was nothing short of spectacular.
A year and a half off and you pull off the craziest finish EVER?!?!@PanteraUFC #UFCDenver pic.twitter.com/dzBmdFnBHo
— UFC (@ufc) November 11, 2018
Had the fight gone to the scorecards, Jung would have likely edged Rodriguez out. It’s amazing to think that Rodriguez was able to produce that kind of finish after not fighting since May 2017.
Donald Cerrone submits Mike Perry to break UFC records
Donald Cerrone defeated Mike Perry by submission (armbar) at 4:46 of the first round during the co-main event. With the win, Cerrone broke the UFC record for most wins, with 21, passing George St-Pierre and Michael Bisping. He also broke the record for most finishes, with 15, to surpass Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort.
Perry came right out and swung a heavy overhand right that missed by a mile. After stufifng three takedowns, Perry scored one of his own. Moments later, Cerrone caught Perry in a triangle choke, but Perry lifted Cerrone in the air. Cerrone stayed calm and flipped Perry over into an armbar. Realizing Cerrone had it cinched in deep, Perry quickly tapped out.
Other results from the main card
Germaine de Randamie def. Raquel Pennington by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Beneil Dariush def. Thiago Moises via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26)
Maycee Barber def. Hannah Cifers by second-round TKO
Mike Trizano def. Luis Pena via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Ashley Yoder def. Amanda Cooper via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
Bobby Moffett def. Chas Skelly by second-round TKO
Davi Ramos def. John Gunther via first-round submission (RNC)
Devonte Smith def. Julian Erosa by first-round KO
Eric Shelton def. Joseph Morales via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 30-27)
Mark de la Rosa def. Joby Sanchez by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)