UFC 286 gets off to disastrous start as O2 Arena plunged into darkness | UFC | Sport

The opening bout of the UFC 286 prelims among Muhammad Mokaev and Jafel Filho was delayed following the lights shut out in the O2 Arena, London. The well-known location was plunged into darkness as the fighters were remaining scratching their heads.

Russian-born Brit Mokaev and Brazil’s Filho kicked off the UFC 286 prelims in a flyweight experience but the fight alone wasn’t the principal speaking issue. After Bruce Buffer had introduced the fighters to the packed-out British crowd, the lights went out in the arena to chants of ‘Olay,Olay, Olay’.

After a minute of complete darkness, the lights had been switched again on as Mokaev and Filho threw down in an entertaining back again and forth. From the off, the hugely rated 22-calendar year-aged was in total regulate for the most aspect, as he comprehensively out-grappled his adversary. 

But it was not all simple sailing. In the third spherical, Mokaev took his eye off the ball and discovered himself locked up in a nasty knee bar at the demise.

On the other hand, the proficient youngster fought himself out of the sticky scenario and went on to submit his adversary one particular moment later by way of a rear bare choke. Talking after the battle, Mokaev, who has ambitions of turning into the youngster UFC winner of all time, mentioned: “I arrived in right here with an hurt shoulder and I wished to put on a performance for the English lovers all over the world.

“Thank you for this all of you. To be genuine I have to have to end this is my twelfth combat and fourth inside the UFC Octagon. I am 22 many years aged and I will be rated No10 just after this combat. I will not know who apart from Jon Jones has performed this?”

Impressed by the coronary heart on display screen from Mokaev, British UFC heavyweight contender Tom Aspinall added: “Wow! What did I notify you. This man is unique to the rest.

“The stuff that this guy has been through in his own existence, he’s been by means of so substantially adversity. The guy isn’t going to give up to a thing like that. His psychological strength, his actual physical toughness, 99 per cent of individuals would have absolutely tapped to that strategy.”