Welcome to CagedInsider’s coverage of UFC Fight Night 122, a Fight Pass-broadcast event coming from Shanghai, China, so yes, I am up ridiculously early on a Saturday morning here on the East Coast of the United States.
The main event may feature two well-known fighters in Michael Bisping and Kelvin Gastelum, but the rest of the card… well, let’s just say that the geopolitical realities of the world and subsequent visa requirements have made this card rife with local fighters and Dagestanis who might have had trouble setting foot on American soil.
First up: Dagestani slugger Shamil Abdurakhimov against Chase Sherman.
Abdurakhimov is 2-2 in the Octagon, and clearly has no trouble crossing guarded borders; Sherman is 2-2 as well, and as an American, his passport is like gold.
They come out swinging once the first round is underway, with kicks giving way to punches giving way to big honking knuckle sandwiches. Sherman lands a right hand, but Abdurakhimov tags him with a left, then another left, and then another left and the American is down and out.
Results: Shamil Abdurakhimov def. Chase Sherman via KO (Punches) at 1:24, R1