-Ruslan Magomedov vs. Viktor Pesta

Round 1: Magomedov wastes no time firing off kicks, going upstairs with as much vigor as he throws them low. Pesta feeds him a one-two that lets him know he can’t get sloppy, and then they tie up briefly against the cage. Soon the Dagestani fighter makes some space, and he uses the opportunity to wobble his foe with a right hook and a kick, but Pesta recovers, clinches and drops him with a knee. The last two minutes of the opening round are spent with Pesta dropping leather and Magomedov struggling to survive and clear cobwebs.

Round 2: Tentativeness colors the action a bit more, with both men dialing back the wild aggression and replacing it with a more calculated throwing of strikes. As the superior kickboxer, Magomedov scores with kicks off his lead leg, and Pesta returns fire with a successful double-leg takedown halfway through the frame. They’re back upright almost instantly, and time runs out with Magomedov counterpunching and landing kicks.

Round 3: Fully acknowledging that he’s going to lose if the bout is spent only striking, Pesta ratchets up the takedown attempts – and is stuffed every time. Magomedov finds joy with a switch-kick/punch combo, and it’s a wonder Pesta doesn’t go to sleep. He survives, and the round ends with him clearly outpointed.

Result: Ruslan Magomedov def. Viktor Pesta via Unanimous Decision