The third bout of UFC 164 in Milwaukee was a memorable heavyweight “slobber-knocker” with 36 year old MMA veteran Soa Palelei outlasting 21 year old prospect Nikita Krylov to score a round three T/KO.
Krylov, of Ukraine, entered the Octagon a (-150) betting favorite. But it was Palelei who scored the early takedown and advantage, hitting punches on the ground and avoiding Krylov’s triangle, arm bar, and omoplata attempts. The Australian would secure mount and rear mount before Krylov escaped to score some solid punches of his own near the end of the round.
Palalei would complain to his corner about injured ribs between rounds — but soldiered on. A viscous combination of knees from Krylov may have earned him round two as the action slowed, but Palelei came back, hurt the Ukrainian with a hard right hand early in the third, and followed him to the mat to finish with hammer fists at 1:34 of the third.
On commentary, Joe Rogan would remark, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen two guys that tired.”
At UFC 164, Soa Palelei defeated Nikita Krylov by T/KO (punches from mount) at 1:34 of the third round.