15/04/2024

Tyson Pedro has defeated Harry Hunsucker via first round knockout. (Photo: @ginnengroupsports/Instagram.)

Australia’s Tyson Pedro (9-3) put on a flawless performance at UFC 278, dispatching fellow light heavyweight Harry Hunsucker (7-6) in dominant fashion.

Pedro needed just 65 seconds and six strikes to get the win, extending his win streak to two in a row.

Pedro got the finish first by landing a left jab which hurt Hunsucker, he then followed it up with a front kick to the body which send the American to the canvas.

The kick was followed up with heavy ground and pound from The Aussie before the referee stepped in.

“You train so hard for this, it’s been a very hard camp,” Pedro said post-fight.

“To get it done that quick that’s what it’s all about.”

The Sydney native did not absorb a single head strike throughout the duration of the fight, only taking just two strikes to the leg.

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The 30-year-old entered the fight as a heavy favourite, given that this was Hunsucker’s first fight in the light heavyweight division.

Hunsucker had made the move down from heavyweight following back-to-back knockout losses in his first two UFC fights against Tai Tuivasa and Justin Tafa.

As for Pedro’s plans moving forward, he wants to go to Paris to support his brother-in-law and teammate Tai Tuivasa (15-3) in his main event bout next month against Cyril Gane.

After coming off over a three-year layoff due to injuries and travel limitations due to COVID, Pedro has now put together two knockout wins this year.

With him barely breaking a sweat against Hunsucker, we will most likely see him fight again before the end of the year.

A potential opponent for the Aussie could be the winner of Johnny Walker and Ion Cutelaba who fight next month at UFC 279. With both Walker and Cutelaba not being afraid to stand and throw and all nine of Pedro’s wins coming via first-round stoppage, that would make for an exciting action-packed fight.

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