UFC News: Unbeaten Shara 'Bullet' Magomedov Scores Brutal KO in Saudi Arabia

One of the UFC's hottest prospects picked up a huge win in Saudi Arabia.
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Two unexpected opponent changes did nothing to shake Shara Magomedov's focus heading into his second UFC appearance at UFC Saudi Arabia.

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Originally slated to take on Ihor Potieria before "The Duelist" was replaced by UFC debutant Joilton Lutterbach, Magomedov once again found himself matched up with a new opponent at UFC Saudi Arabia when Antonio Trócoli stepped in to replace Lutterbach just a few days out from the event.

Trócoli was originally set to make his UFC debut at last weekend's Fight Night card in Las Vegas before Ikram Aliskerov replaced Khamzat Chimaev in the Saudi Arabia main event, but the Brazilian was quick to answer the call when he got word that Magomedov required a new opponent.

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"Malvado" tested Magomedov's takedown defense and controlled the center of the cage for long portions of their fight, but ultimately it was "Bullet" who turned things up in the third round and finished Trócoli with a nasty series of strikes.

The middleweight tilt between Trócoli and Magomedov was the second bout on the UFC Saudi Arabia main card following a light heavyweight matchup between Volkan Oezdemir and Johnny Walker that ended with a brutal first-round knockout for "No Time".

Now a perfect 13-0 in his career, Magomedov is likely knocking on the door of the UFC's middleweight Top 15 and should be due for a fairly high-profile matchup in his next outing.

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Drew Beaupre


Drew is an MMA writer that regularly watches regional events in addition to major promotions such as the UFC, PFL, Bellator, and ONE Championship. He joined MMA Knockout when it was founded in 2023.