Jack Della Maddalena defeated Pete Rodriguez by first round TKO on his UFC debut - Photo: UFC AUS and NZ/Twitter

Perth's Jack Della Maddalena has kicked off his UFC career in style, impressing all who witnessed his first round victory at UFC 270.

Australia’s Jack Della Maddalena couldn’t have made a more remarkable UFC debut, jabbing his way to a first-round finish over fellow newcomer Pete Rodriguez on the UFC 270 prelims.

It had been an eventful two weeks for the Perth native, as his original opponent Warlley Alves pulled out of their scheduled fight due to an undisclosed injury.

Last-minute replacement Rodriguez looked like a tough test on paper, with all four of his professional wins coming by first-round knockout. On the night however, it was the Aussie who cruised to a decisive victory behind fluent movement and a stiff jab.

Della Maddalena was quick to take the center of the octagon, applying pressure to Rodriguez early by using his lead hand to measure his opponent.

Rodriguez had minor success coming forward with his right hand, but as the fight went on Rodriguez’s nose started bleeding badly as a result of an educated jab.

As the damage started to increase, Della Maddalena went for the proverbial kill. Now incorporating more straight left hands, one landed flush to send Rodriguez stumbling down to the canvas. Referee Frank Trigg had no choice but to stop the fight at the 2:59 mark of the first round.

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UFC commentator Joe Rogan was quick to praise the “smooth” Aussie, stating that Della Maddalena was “something special.”

“Throughout the entire round, you saw smooth technical striking” and “amazing in IQ in terms of octagon intelligence, just so good. This kid’s good” Rogan said on commentary.

During his post-fight interview, Della Maddalena said that he felt no pressure and was calm during his first UFC outing.

“To be honest I was waiting for the jitters and they never came, so same as usual you know,” he told.

The win marks Della Maddalena’s eleventh win in a row in his thirteen fights to date, ten of which have come inside the distance.

With the seriously impressive UFC debut, the future certainly looks bright for the Perth native. At just 25 years old, he will aim to remain busy in 2022 and plot a rise through the Welterweight ranks.


UFC 270 is headlined by a Heavyweight title unification between Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane. To order, click here.

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