Michael Chandler’s KO at UFC 274 sparks memories for Stephen Thompson

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Michael Chandler delivered one of the greatest knockouts of all time against Tony Ferguson at UFC 274, landing a front kick that was an equally heady mix of brutality and emotion.

The loss was especially humiliating for Ferguson, an icon of the sport who entered the fight riding a three-fight losing streak. His spirits rose momentarily after a competitive first round, in which he hit Chandler in the right eye, which Chandler later admitted affected his vision. The bruise around his eye was beginning to swell when Chandler finished the fight 17 seconds into the second round with that career-defining kick of his own to Ferguson’s face, a moment that completely wiped out Ferguson’s brief momentum. .

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