The #UFC treated fans in Kansas City to an exciting evening of action at UFC on Fox 24.
Not only did the Sprint Center crowd get a chance to witness a historic championship bout featuring flyweight phenom Demetrious Johnson, but they also saw a slew of upsets and amazing come from behind victories. From rising middleweight star Robert Whittaker to newcomer Tom Duquesnoy, there are a bunch of fighters who made quite the splash at #UFCKansasCity.
Check out which fighters' hype trains we're boarding following UFC on Fox 24.
The middleweight division received a major shakeup courtesy of Aussie mixed martial artist #RobertWhittaker.
Although he was widely considered the underdog against the always dangerous Ronaldo Souza, Whittaker proved every one wrong with his vicious TKO win over Jacare. The Runescape aficionado executed a perfect gameplan against the former Strikeforce champion, patiently waiting for the right time to pounce with his heavy hands and feet.
Now 6-0 after making the move to middleweight, Whittaker is now in the top contender mix and should be a rising star to watch as the division works itself out. Should he beat another tough veteran like Luke Rockhold or Yoel Romero in his next outing, don't be surprised if Whittaker finds himself fighting for a belt in the near future.
UFC newcomer Tom Duquesnoy had a lot of hype going into his promotional debut on Saturday night, and the former BAMMA featherweight and bantamweight champion did not disappoint.
The French fighter earned an impressive TKO victory during his preliminary card bout with Patrick Williams. The "Fire Kid" closed out an exciting first round by turning up the heat on his opponent, landing a barrage of elbows against the cage that dropped Williams as the bell rang.
Clearly gassed, Williams had nothing left for Duquesnoy in round two and was forced to eat another helping of elbows to the face. The ex-BAMMA champ ended up finishing the fight just 28 seconds into the second frame, extending his win streak to 11 in a row.
Judging by his victorious UFC debut, Duquesnoy looks to be an exciting new addition to the promotion's always competitive bantamweight roster.
Eminem curse breaker Anthony Smith gave it his all against Andrew Sanchez in Kansas City, and boy did it pay off.
The #Strikeforce and #Bellator veteran weathered a rough couple of rounds before his incredible comeback towards the end of the third frame. Smith put together a beautiful punch combination with just over a minute left on the clock, which set up a powerful head kick that ultimately dropped Sanchez. A few hammerfists later, and that was all she wrote for this prelim match-up.
Now 3-1 inside the Octagon, Smith is making the most of his UFC run and continues to improve with each outing. He should be a fun fighter to keep an eye on.