Matheus Scheffel vs Azamat Murzakanov
Official Result: Azamat Murazkanov def. Matheus Scheffel by TKO (punches) at 3:00 of Round 1
Headliners Matheus Scheffel and Azamat Murzakanov took a little time to feel each other out in the opening round of this season’s first main event, with the orthodox versus southpaw matchup and power of both men keeping them tentative.
But as the round progressed, Murzakanov started getting closer with each reaching left power shot, and as he backed the Brazilian into the fence midway through the round, “The Professional” finally connected clean, dropping Scheffel in a heap and ending the fight in a flash.
This was a blistering finish for the 32-year-old Russian, who was forced to withdraw from a UFC assignment in the spring of 2016, which ended up creating Dominick Reyes’ opportunity to enter the Octagon for the first time. Having now run his winning streak to 10 after closing out the show with a flash, there is a good chance Murzakanov will get another chance to make the walk to the Octagon for the first time in the not too distant future.