- Andre Petroski easily submitted Nick Maximov at a UFC event on Saturday in Las Vegas.
- American MMA fighter Petroski sent Maximov to sleep with an anaconda choke after 76 seconds.
- Watch the brutal but brilliant fight finishing technique here.
LAS VEGAS — A surging American MMA fighter sent his UFC opponent to sleep with a nasty choke after just 76 seconds.
Andre Petroski’s three-round middleweight bout against Nick Maximov opened an 11-fight UFC card held at the Apex in Las Vegas.
Maximov told Insider and other reporters earlier in the week that he was ready to fight one of the scariest fighters in the business, Khamzat Chimaev, and even called the Swedish-Russian “crazy.”
Petroski appeared to punish Maximov on behalf of Chimaev as he ended his opponent’s unbeaten run with a first-round submission.
Petroski landed just one strike from 10 attempts but, after exchanges of holds, worked his anaconda choke and put Maximov to sleep with the technique.
“It’s my decision,” he told UFC commentator and former middleweight champion Michael Bisping. “That’s the position we were working with – the front headlock. It’s amazing how it works.”
He then said he would like to fight Gerald Meerschaert at the UFC’s next pay-per-view show, UFC 275, on June 9 in Singapore.
Watch Petroski’s brutal but brilliant finish here:
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With the win, Petroski boosted his professional MMA record to eight wins (four knockouts and four submissions) against one loss — a 2020 loss to Aaron Jeffery at LFA 93, just months before signing with the MMA promotion. UFC market leader.
He has since won three fights and is undefeated in UFC competition.
He inflicted a lot of damage on Hu Yaozong at an event Insider attended on Fight Island last year, then called the ultimate fight “the greatest work in the world.”
Petroski and Maximov opened the 54th UFC event at his own television studio called Apex.
Jan Blachowicz and Aleksandar Rakic headline the card, which aired in its entirety on ESPN+.