Reza Madadi waited for the right time to attack.
Madadi picked himself back up from a rough first round to dominate the second and score a third round standing KO vs. Yan Cabral Sunday at UFC Fight Night 87.
“The UFC gave me a chance to comeback and I am so thankful,” he said. “It is incredible to be back in here and to win this way, I am just so happy.”
The win was the 14th in the career of Madadi (14-4), but the first knockout for him since 2009. He is now 3-2 over five stints with the UFC, having also scored submissions vs. Michael Johnson and Yoislandy Izquierdo.
“I train a lot of standup, boxing,” he said. “The uppercut and hook, and I did it; it was wonderful.”
Cabral (12-3) has lost two straight and three of his last four after starting his career 11-0. This was the first stoppage loss of Cabral’s career.