Tyson Pedro Lands KO Win Over Ike Villanueva In Octagon Return – UFC Vegas 52 Highlights

Tyson PedroMaking his first Octagon appearance since December 2018, New South Wales native, Tyson Pedro makes a triumphant return to the organization on the preliminary card of UFC Vegas 52 tonight — stopping Ike Villanueva in a dominant opening round knockout win. Pedro, who had been sidelined following a pair of defeats against former light heavyweight […]

Tyson Pedro

Making his first Octagon appearance since December 2018, New South Wales native, Tyson Pedro makes a triumphant return to the organization on the preliminary card of UFC Vegas 52 tonight — stopping Ike Villanueva in a dominant opening round knockout win.

Pedro, who had been sidelined following a pair of defeats against former light heavyweight champion, Shogun Rua, and a submission loss to Ovince Saint Preux — featured for the first time in just less than four years in his Octagon outing against Villanueva.

Despite landing a couple of inadvertent groin strikes, Pedro eventually felled Villanueva twice after an accumulation of ground strikes, before landing a stunning ground strikes knockout win as the latter sat the Octagon fence before the end of the opening frame.

Catch the highlights from Tyson Pedro’s successful Octagon comeback, below

Tyson Pedro Pulls From UFC Auckland With Injury

Tyson Pedro has pulled from his UFC Auckland matchup against Vinicius Moreira due to an injury. Pedro made the announcement official on his Instagram page. Pedro noted that he will not be fighting Moreira at UFC Auckland, which takes place on February 22, due to an injury. However, he did not specify what exactly the […]

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Tyson Pedro has pulled from his UFC Auckland matchup against Vinicius Moreira due to an injury.

Pedro made the announcement official on his Instagram page. Pedro noted that he will not be fighting Moreira at UFC Auckland, which takes place on February 22, due to an injury. However, he did not specify what exactly the injury was.

“Peaks and Valleys Just when you think everything is going to your plan something hits you upside the head with a different one. Out of the fight in Feb, I’m gutted but thank you for all the messages. I’m not stressed as I know I’m coming back, I’ve never stopped before, so I’m not going to now.

“Every time I’ve messed up in life, been injured or blind sighted, something good came out from it, that I couldn’t see at the time. So until then, it’s all smiles and time to grind again. A massive positive was being able to connect and train with the boys down @citykickboxing thanks for having my family come through and showing us love. I’m praying for good news from the surgeon and a quick turnaround”

Pedro is currently on a two-fight losing streak, his most recent outing being a TKO loss to former 205-pound champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC Adelaide in December of 2018. He underwent knee reconstruction surgery which kept him out-of-action for all of 2019. However, his 2020 return will now have to wait.

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3 Fights Added To UFC Auckland Following Felder vs. Hooker

Following the news that Paul Felder and Dan Hooker would headline the UFC’s return to Auckland on February 23, another three fights have been added to the card. Light heavyweight Tyson Pedro features as he returns to action for the first time since his TKO defeat to Mauricio Rua last year against Vinicius Moreira. Pedro […]

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Following the news that Paul Felder and Dan Hooker would headline the UFC’s return to Auckland on February 23, another three fights have been added to the card.

Light heavyweight Tyson Pedro features as he returns to action for the first time since his TKO defeat to Mauricio Rua last year against Vinicius Moreira.

Pedro has lost three of his last four bouts after entering the promotion as an unbeaten prospect. A win against Moreira — loser of his last three outings — would signal the Aussie’s first win in nearly two years.

Another Aussie in Jake Matthews will look to make it two wins in a row when he faces Emil Meek in a welterweight bout. The 25-year-old was previously on a three-fight winning streak until he was submitted by Anthony Rocco Martin in December last year. He would bounce back with a conservative unanimous decision win over Rostem Akman at UFC 243 last month.

Meek, meanwhile, is on a two-fight losing streak and hasn’t fought since getting outpointed by Bartosz Fabinski in July 2018. His loss before that was a unanimous decision defeat to current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.

Lastly, Ben Sosoli looks to get his first UFC win when he meets Marcos Rogerio de Lima. Sosoli made his debut in a now-overturned decision defeat to Greg Hardy last month.

Rogerio de Lima, on the other hand, has been alternating between wins and losses since 2015. His last outing was a submission defeat to Stefan Struve.

What do you think of the UFC Auckland card so far?

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Tyson Pedro Explains How He Tore ACL During Shogun TKO Loss

It will be quite a while before fight fans see UFC light heavyweight Tyson Pedro back in the Octagon. Pedro suffered a torn ACL during his fight with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC Fight Night 142 in December. As a result, he underwent a comp…

It will be quite a while before fight fans see UFC light heavyweight Tyson Pedro back in the Octagon. Pedro suffered a torn ACL during his fight with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC Fight Night 142 in December. As a result, he underwent a complete ACL reconstruction surgery. Speaking to media during UFC 234 fight week in […]

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Shogun Still Wants To Fight For UFC Title After Huge Comeback

Maurício “Shogun” Rua picked up a big win last night (Dec. 1, 2018) in the co-main of UFC Adelaide when he knocked out Tyson Pedro, but he still doesn’t think he deserves a title shot yet. The former light heavyweight champion found himself in a war with the much younger Pedro, who hurt Rua in […]

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Maurício “Shogun” Rua picked up a big win last night (Dec. 1, 2018) in the co-main of UFC Adelaide when he knocked out Tyson Pedro, but he still doesn’t think he deserves a title shot yet.

The former light heavyweight champion found himself in a war with the much younger Pedro, who hurt Rua in the earlier going of the fight. “Shogun” looked visibly beat up after their fight despite winning the contest.

Just prior to the fight-ending sequence that saw Rua land about a dozen hammer fists to Pedro’s head, it looked as if the Aussie’s knee had buckled. Rua noticed it too, during the fight, when he saw Pedro’s knee buckle. And, in a post-fight conversation, he discovered why.

“I talked to him in the octagon, he said he ruptured his ACL – which is a serious injury, it has to be taken care of,” Rua said during a post-fight press conference, made available by Submission Radio. “I told him to stay strong, and not give up. Because he’s a guy who has a future ahead of him.”

Why Was Rua Rocked?

This is terrible news for Pedro who later confirmed the injury to Sporting News. Pedro also posted a video to his Instagram account in which the Austrailian declared “no excuses” and promised his fans that he will be “straight back in there” after rehabbing the knee.

As for “Shogun”, the victory puts him back on track after a brutal knockout at the hands of Anthony Smith. He took home an extra $50,000 for his “Performance of the Night” efforts.

Rua knew he was in for a dogfight from the get-go. He was taking on a big, young, athletic, Australian in his own backyard. Pedro had Rua hurt at times, but Rua said it was an incidental head clash that hurt him.

“Actually, I don’t remember it,” Rua said with a laugh when asked about the clash of heads. “When I went to the corner after the first round, I didn’t know if I had lost or won it. I really wasn’t aware that I took a flash (knockdown) there. I found out now, when I left the octagon, that he won the first round. In the second, I was able to win and wear him out a little. I was very happy that I was able to do the strategy.”

After pulling off the upset win, “Shogun” addressed the fans and delivered a somewhat controversial message.

“One more fight, I am ready for the belt,” Rua said with a smile.

A Realistic View Strikes

Backstage, though, Rua was more cautious in his approach to the idea of reclaiming the light heavyweight title that he once owned.

“I won four out of five, but I know I don’t deserve the belt yet,” Rua said. “There are people ahead of me in the title line. My focus now is fighting in Curitiba, in May (though Rua’s hometown of Curitiba has been speculated as a possible destination in Brazil, it hasn’t been confirmed by the promotion yet). That’s my focus. I don’t think about the belt because I know it’s not my shot yet.”

At 37 years old, Rua isn’t demonstrating a desire to slow down. He has two fights left on his current UFC contract and fully intends on honoring them. One thing is quite evident, however. When “Shogun” does call it a career, it will be in his own terms.

“When I stop, I will certainly be an accomplished guy in my career,” Rua said. “I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved, already. Now, I fight for my family, for my team. To make my family and my team proud. And it’s what I love. For sure, this adrenaline of fighting, which makes us tense and nervous – I was talking to (Eduardo Alonso) today, I will miss that when I stop.

“I don’t want to stop and then think that I shouldn’t have stopped. I want to stop when I see that I am really done with fighting, I don’t want to regret having stopped before that.”

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Mauricio Rua vs. Tyson Pedro Full Fight Video Highlights

Check out the full fight video highlights from Tyson Pedro and former light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s fight at UFC Adelaide.

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In the co-main event of last night’s (Sat. December 1, 2018) UFC Adelaide event, a very interesting light heavyweight contest took place.

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua took on rising prospect Tyson Pedro. Rua recently had a three-fight win streak snapped by Anthony Smith. “Lionheart” mauled Rua in Germany this past summer. “Shogun” needed to get back in the win column with a victory over a young rising star like Pedro.

Pedro comes off a disappointing outing against Ovince Saint Preux in June. He was submitted by “OSP” with an armbar in the first round. Pedro has shown great signs of potential inside the cage, and a big win over a former champion in Rua would’ve definitely put him back in the spotlight.

Both men came out scrappy, and drug it into the third round. However, in the end, it was Rua who picked up the TKO victory when the fight went to the ground.

Check out the full fight video highlights below:

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