Next up: Oregan native Jason Novelli and Sweden’s David Teymur. Novelli is making his Octagon debut and is billed as a striker, but we’ll see how he does in the cage against someone who eats cheese and chocolate for breakfast.
Novelli shows no first-time jitters, as he immediately takes the center and starts plugging away with kicks and punches at range. Teymur, who’s working at a height and reach deficit, does his best to wear him down with kicks to the body, but his best moment comes after about three minutes, when he times a left hand that puts his opponent on his butt. The horn sounds with a confident Swede landing a spinning back-kick to the body.
Teymur changes levels and tries for a takedown in the first 30 seconds of Round 2, and when Novelli shrugs it off, he goes back to striking (where he was winning anyway). And guess what? He nails Novelli with a left that drops him. The follow-up punches are enough to prompt referee Herb Dean to jump in.
Result: David Teymur def. Jason Novelli via TKO (Punches) at 1:25, R2