Marcin Held‘s horror start in the UFC continued at UFC Fight Night 109 when he was knocked out just seconds into the third round by a well-timed knee by Damir Hadzovic.
Held had dominated the earlier two rounds with a combination of his elite jiu-jitsu and effective wrestling. In fact, he looked better than ever at UFC Fight Night 109 and was impressive minus the one minor mistake.
I knew this guy would come and try to take me down. Going into the third round, I saw that he was breathing heavily and so I thought, now is the time to fake my jab and pull up my high knee. I was expecting exactly this finish. I cannot believe it.
At some stages, Held was also fighting long behind his jab and his boxing looked greatly improved. One could have made a case for him being up 30-27 heading into the third and final round.
But, all it takes is one shot in mixed martial arts. Unfortunately for Held, Damir Hadzovic connected with a perfectly timed knee that landed flush on Held’s face.
The most horrible element of it all was that Marcin Held looked to have found his mojo inside the UFC’s octagon for the first time since arriving in the organization. That same confidence, however, would be his downfall at UFC Fight Night 109. Held attempted an imanari roll as the two fighters walked to the center of the octagon in round three and that was when he ate Hadzovic’s knee to the face.
We can now be certain that Marcin Held is unlikely to ever attempt the incredibly risky (and magnificent) submission again in mixed martial arts. If he does, he’ll probably be flinching with his eyes closed after having suffered this knee to the face.
— UFC (@ufc) May 28, 2017
There’s no question that Held is running out of chances in the UFC. He’s now 0-3 since he joined and he looked excellent at UFC Fight Night 109 before this costly decision.
Prior to this fight, Marcin Held lost a controversial decision to Joe Lauzon.
Jake Nichols is The Body Lock's Editor in Chief. Previously, he was the MMA Editor at RealSport.