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Andre Soukhamthath battles back, finishes Luke Sanders in round two

Andre Soukhamthath battles back, finishes Luke Sanders in round two

Andre Soukhamthath makes it 10 finishes in 11 victories against Luke Sanders at UFC Fight Night 123.

The “Asian Sensation”

Andre Soukhamthath had a lot at stake coming into his third UFC fight in Fresno this weekend. His last two losses via split decision were debatable bouts against tough opponents. Going into this fight on short notice, Soukhamthath admitted to feeling a little sluggish in our interview with him last week. The opening round saw Luke Sanders dominate early on as he established top control for a few minutes. Soukhamthath’s rather slow start was keeping him from finding a home for his boxing. Sanders closed the round with good position, but the remainder of the fight would not go according to plan.

It wouldn’t take long for Andre Soukhamthath to find his footing in the second. As Luke Sanders took the center of the octagon, his combinations kept penetrating his opponent’s defense as he pressed forward. Soukhamthath timed the right hand of Sanders coming in and was able to plant a picture-perfect counter right that flatlined Sanders. The ensuing strikes from Soukhamthath in top control were right on the money. Referee Josh Rosenthal had no choice but to call the fight just 1:06 into the second.

The look of relief and sheer bliss from Soukhamthath in his celebration of victory said it all. Soukhamthath was no stranger to success on the road to the UFC. His two close losses left a sour taste that needed to be cleansed. This win over a game opponent like Sanders is the turning point he needed to make people wary of his threat in the octagon. Even though his plea for a Performance of the Night bonus didn’t bear fruit. You can guarantee Dana White will be taking note of the talent as he sat at ringside for the night.

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