In his toughest test to date, Aussie Jack Della Maddalena (13-2) stopped UFC veteran Danny Roberts (18-7) in devastating fashion on UFC Vegas 65.
The dominant victory for the former Eternal MMA champion takes him one step closer to the top of the UFC’s welterweight division.
The fight started with Della Maddalena putting his opponent on the back foot with his stiff jab before swarming him with a barrage of shots.
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Roberts clinched up soon after and landed a good knee, but the Perth Native was able to shake him off easily.
When back in striking range Della Maddalena slipped a jab from the Englishman and countered him with a big left hand that backed him up against the cage, before landing a right hook that dropped Roberts.
The Aussie went for the finish and landed devastating elbows from half guard, but Roberts controlled his hands well to get back to his feet.
The rest of the fight saw the Englishman on the back foot, even though he would throw strikes to get himself off the cage, Della Maddalena would easily back him up.
Late into the round, Roberts would shoot a takedown before ending up in the clinch. When they exited, the Contender Series Alumni unloaded with one more barrage of punches that dropped Roberts, prompting the referee to stop the fight after 3:24 of the first round.
This first-round stoppage marks Della Maddelena’s third in a row in his UFC tenure, he now has the joint third-highest active knockout streak in the company alongside Jamahal Hill and Ilia Topuria.
The win also marks his 13th in a row.
When talking with Micheal Bisping, Della Maddalena stated that he wanted to fight on the UFC 284 card, which takes place in his hometown.
“I’m ready to go home to Perth Australia and get another fight in by February” Della Maddalena said, “end the summer off in Perth and hopefully put someone away in front of my beautiful friends and family.”
“The first person they give me I’ll probably say yes and be on my merry way.”
Given the fact that Jack Della Maddalena took no significant damage, he should be all good to have his homecoming fight in February. If this is the case, we can all expect Perth to get behind its most promising prospect to date.
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