Pinpoint knockout lays MMA fighter out cold (VIDEO)
The 24-year-old Shabliy, who recently switched between two Russian MMA promotors, ACB and Fight Nights Global, was making his debut with his new organization on Saturday night.
The talented lightweight from the city of Rostov-on-Don, who has already made a name for himself in Russian MMA, was facing 28-year-old Miroslav Strbak from Slovakia.
After a dominant first round, Shabliy continued to pressure his opponent in the second part of the fight. A right hook sent Strbak to the canvas in the very first minute of the second round, although the Slovak managed to get away from the Russian’s attempt to finish him off.
But when Shabliy unleashed another right hand two minutes later, this time with an uppercut, he caught Strbak square on the chin, sending him into unconsciousness.
Here are few more angles of this moment, including one filmed cageside by his new manager, Rizvan Magomedov of MMA Dominance. Khabib Nurmagomedov, the most famous Russian fighter in the UFC, is also among the others managed by Magomedov.
Shabliy has three more fights on his contract with Fight Nights Global, and is aiming for a shot at their championship belt.
It is not yet known whether Shabliy is planning to continue his career in the UFC after his current contract expires, but considering the fact that he has finished nine of his last ten opponents and lost only one bout by decision, he might become a very good addition to their lightweight division.
by Denis Geyko for RT Sport