In the best fight of the evening so far and one of the greatest one-round fights you’re likely to see, Alberto Mina remained undefeated with a TKO victory over Shinsho Anzai in the first round at UFC Fight Night 48. The Brazilian born fighter was rocked by some huge shots from Anzai, who was a replacement on ten days notice for Sheldon Westcott.
While not the most technical display, both fighters were actively chasing the finish and it was the uppercut from Mina that was the most effective strike of the bout. Anzai was able to land combinations of his own, backing Mina up, but it was the knees and uppercuts of the unbeaten fighter that landed at will.
Both fighters looked gas coming to the end of the first round, but they didn’t get into the second anyway. Here is how the entertaining fight went down.
Shinsho Anzai is a late replacement for Sheldon Westcott, and he meets a highly touted prospect in 10-0 Alberto Mina, who was unfortunately involved in a dispute with Bellator regarding his contract. Both fighters are making their UFC debuts here. Mina was set to fight in the last Macao card, though his opponent, Zak Cummings, failed to make weight.
Round 1 – Anzai refuses to touch gloves. Knee to the body from Mina. Another knee. Anzai with a right hook, as Mina goes for the left hook. Good sprawl from Anzai. Big left rocks Mina! Anzai might have him hurt! He’s backing up! Mina with a left-right as Anzai marches forward. They’re exchanging. Overhand right then a left by Mina. Left hook hurts Anzai there! Another. And another! A knee from Mina. Good combination by the Brazilian. Anzai with an overhand right. A big left, but Mina counters. Anzai with a huge combination, then a judo throw into side control and landing some short shots! Mina using the cage to trying and get the back of Anzai and he succeeds. He has one hook in! Wow that was amazing. But Anzai shakes him off. They’re in the clinch now. Big knee by Mina, who backs away. Anzai jumps in with a right that misses. Overhand right then a knee by Mina, but Anzai gets the clinch and lands some knees of his own. Both fighters looking very tired already. 1:30 left in this crazy first round. Mina goes for the takedown but Anzai defends. Mina misses that combination, but lands the uppercut which drops Anzai! Each land a left hook. And again. Huge uppercut and Anzai is down! Hammerfists! And that is it! That uppercut was on point from the Brazilian fighter!
Result: Mina via TKO (punches) at 4:17 in first round.
Absolutely brilliant fight, even if it was sloppy as hell. That uppercut was deadly from Mina.
You can see the play-by-play for the full event here on Cage Pages. The results, as they stand, can be seen below.
Alberto Mina def. Shinsho Anzai via TKO (punches) at 4:17 in first round.
Yuta Sasaki def. Roland Delorme via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:06 in first round.
Colby Covington def. Wang Anying via submission (strikes) at 4:50 in first round.
Royston Wee def. Yao Zhikui via split decision (29-28 x2, 27-30).
Milana Dudieva def. Elizabeth Phillips via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28).