Leonardo Damiani vs AJ Fletcher
Official Result: AJ Fletcher def. Leonardo Damiani by KO (flying knee) at 2:24 of Round 1
AJ Fletcher got the season off to an explosive start, setting the bar for the best knockout of the season extremely high as he laid out Leonardo Damiani with a flying knee knockout midway through the opening round.
The welterweight hopefuls got after it right out of the gate, meeting in the center of the Octagon and swinging heavy leather immediately, skipping the entire feeling out process. After settling in a little and chopping at Damiani’s lead leg with a couple heavy calf kicks, Fletcher showed the range of his skill set, dropping down for a perfectly timed takedown that put the Italian on the deck.
While Damiani worked his way back to his feet, he remained with his back against the fence, and Fletcher capitalized, landing a picturesque flying knee. Damiani dropped in a heap and Fletcher erupted in celebration, closing out the first fight of the season in memorable fashion.