Malkoun (7-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) was disqualified in the opening round of the lightweight bout at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas when he landed an illegal blow to the back of Brundage’s (8-5 MMA, 2-4 UFC) head. The fight was immediately halted after referee Mark Smith witnessed the forearm/elbow from Malkoun, and the review process began.
After the Nevada Athletic Commission and Smith reviewed the replay and confirmed the location of the strike, Brundage eventually said he couldn’t continue. That brought an end to the contest, and Brundage got the disqualification win. Smith’s choices were to either disqualify Malkoun for an intentional illegal strike, or call it unintentional – and rule it a no contest.
Check out the replay of the fight-ending shot below (via X):
Jacob Malkoun lands an elbow to the back of Cody Brundage pic.twitter.com/u81vUu3Jv1
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Brundage refused to let the referee raise his hand when the fight result was announced, and he left the octagon in clear disappointment as Factory X coach Mark Montoya consoled him.
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