Brazilian MMA veteran Zuluzinho suffered one of the most devastating knockouts of the year when he was flattened by Belarusian fighter Petr Romankevich in the main event bout at AMC Fight Nights 114 in Minsk on Saturday evening.
Zuluzinho, 44, who is the son of legendary fighter Rei Zulu and was once an opponent of Russian icon Fedor Emelianenko, has become something of a journeyman in his latest career, competing in various countries like Serbia, Russia and, on Saturday, Belarus. – but even with a career-high 11 losses to just 14 wins, it has rarely been finished so dramatically as by the one handed to him by Romankevich.
But it didn’t come without a bit of controversy.
Zuluzinho, who weighs nearly 400 pounds, had advanced to the mounting position near the end of the first round and was struggling to lock in a lock-in submission when the over-eager referee opted to pick up the fighters with about ten seconds left. remaining the opening round.
It was the only invitation Romankevich needed.
Moments after the restart, the Belarusian fighter landed a high left kick that knocked down the Brazilian giant before landing another flurry on the advancing fighter, immediately ripping him out of his consciousness and sending him face down on the carpet.
It was a hotly contested call for the referee to lift both fighters as Zuluzinho was clearly working towards a submission, although it has been suggested the move was due to a recent rule imposed by Russian MMA league AMC Fight Nights. which allows the referees to intervene after one minute of combat on the ground.
Either way, Zuluzinho clearly won’t be happy with the official’s interjection.
Romankevich, meanwhile, improves his career record to 5-1.
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