Darrius Flowers has added another TKO to his resume – and it’s one that WWE’s The Undertaker could be proud of.
In a bizarre streak early in his Dana White Contender Series bout on Tuesday, Flowers (12-5-1) finished Amiran Gogoladze (14-3) with an injury-causing slam that prompted a TKO at 1:13 of the first round.
The finish came when Gogoladze threatened a triangle choke submission from below. In defense, Flowers relieved his opponent. Gogoladze awkwardly turned upside down. From there, Flowers led Gogoladze into the web. Gogoladze tried to resist, but the impact on his left shoulder during the slam was unbearable. He looked in his corner before finally deciding to type.
The finish was clunky and surprising, but ignited Flowers. UFC President Dana White smiled and gave him a thumbs up. Either way, the weird piledriver “tombstone” finish instantly went viral.
As commentator Laura Sanko mentioned, piledriver slams are illegal in MMA – but there is an exception. If a fighter attempts a submission, their opponent is allowed to slam in an imperious manner.
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With this win, Flowers extends his winning streak to four. Meanwhile, Gogoladze has his three-game winning streak as he finished for the first time.