The first bout of UFC 172, and the only to receive broadcast on UFC Fight Pass, was one to remember — as Chris Beal hit a sensational flying knee knockout to defeat Patrick Williams in their bantamweight encounter.
Beal, who is now 9-0 in his young MMA career, struggled a little with Williams’ unorthodox lateral movement to begin, but established his straight punching more and more as the bout progressed. Williams, another Arizona State wrestling standout, scored several takedowns but couldn’t keep Beal, of California, on the mat.
With a bit more than two minutes to go, Beal measured Williams with a flying knee to record the dramatic knockout. Rogan called it “about the best flying knee I’ve ever seen in the Octagon — absolutely perfect.” Beal offered thanks to God and his training partners in a post-fight interview.
Beal was the favorite going into the bout, as online betting sites reported Williams as slight underdog: as low odds as +105.
At UFC 172, Chris Beal defeated Patrick Williams by knockout (flying knee) at 1:51 of second round.