UFC welterweights Anton Zafir (right) and Li Jingliang square off.
UFC welterweights Anton Zafir (right) and Li Jingliang square off. MMA Junkie

QUESTION: Was Anton Zafir's fight stopped too early?

UPDATE 11.30pm:

Fans, friends and family showed their support on social media for Whitsunday school teacher and UFC Welterweight Anton Zafir following his fight today in Las Vegas:

Linda Bone: "Gutted and proud all at once. See you soon enjoy 200."

Tyone Zafir: "Well done mate, your dedication and commitment is inspiring. Good luck bro."

Lara Louise Mitton: "My inspiration. You put up with me so I guess we are even."

Jack Macklin: "It's a win just to be there buddy. Keep up the good effort bro."

Tahiwi Sellars Mcgee: "you are still the man bro."

Gokhan Turkyilmaz: Always a champ Anton. Back to the drawing board." Toni Garnham: "Always proud of you Anton."

UPDATE 10.40pm:

Whitsunday school teacher and UFC welterweight Anton Zafir posted this message on social media following his loss this morning on The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale show in Las Vegas.

"Not too much to say guys. Things didn't go my way tonight. Congratulations to my opponent Li Jingliang and thank you to everyone at home in Australia for their support," he said.

"Back to the gym Monday to keep improving. This sport offers a narrow margin for error.

"Thankyou to the WMA Family, the Whitsundays community and most importantly to Lara Mitton (for putting up with me) and for the support over the last few months talk soon."

INITIAL:

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS: Whitsunday school teacher and Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight Anton Zafir was in action in Las Vegas this morning.

Zafir opened up The Ultimate Fighter Finale fight card where he faced China's Li Jingliang.

The event is part of International Fight Week in Las Vegas and will see UFC 200 take place tomorrow.

Was Anton Zafir's fight stopped too early?

This poll ended on 13 July 2016.

Current Results

Yes

80%

No

19%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Right from the start of the fight Zafir was putting pressure on Jingliang landing shots and securing the takedown and staying dominant for most of the round.

Jingliang was able to reverse his position from the bottom, causing Zafir to stand up.

Zafir tried to lock on a guillotine choke before Jingliang forced him towards the cage.

Jingliang was able to secure a takedown before posturing up and landing heavy shots to the face of Zafir.

The referee stepped in and stopped the contest at two minutes and forty six seconds into the first round in what came across as an early stoppage.

After the fight Zafir was noticeably frustrated by the decision for the fight to be called off.


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