Jeka Saragih got his official UFC career off to the perfect start in Las Vegas this morning. The Indonesian stopped Lucas Alexander early in the opening round of their featherweight fight.
Alexander accepted the fight at relatively late notice and weighed in at 148lbs, slightly over the featherweight limit. Saragih lost to Anshul Jubli in the final of the Road to UFC lightweight tournament but was awarded a contract anyway.
He dropped down to featherweight for his official debut and it could not have gone any better. Saragih came in as an underdog but made light of the odds to finish the Brazilian in brutal fashion.
#UFCVegas82 Official Result: Jeka Saragih defeats Lucas Alexander by knockout at 1:31 in Round 1.
All Results ➡️: https://t.co/CmaeeQhG2S
— UFC News (@UFCNews) November 18, 2023
Alexander was coming off the biggest win of his career and he landed a solid low kick and then feigned a takedown attempt at the start of the round. A left hook, straight right combination from the Brazilian stopped Saragih in his tracks.
A left uppercut from short range caught Saragih on the saw in as the Indonesian struggled with his opponent’s reach and range. Alexander seemed to slip and ladned on his back but immediately tried for a leg lock.
Seragih slipped out and Alexander got back up only for the Indonesian to catch him with a huge right hand. The Indonesian had him hurt and chased him across the octagon, landing a few follow up shots to his downed opponent to finish the job.
The end came at the 1:31 mark and Saragih celebrated wildly. Expectations surrounding his UFC career had been low after the stoppage loss to Jubli and the Indonesian has already surpassed them.
Saragih improves to 14-3 and will feel he is in contention for a $50,000 USD performance bonus. Alexander drops to 8-4 and might think twice about accepting short notice fights in future.
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Also stepping up at short notice was Myktybek Orolbai. He looked well prepared for his UFC debut and actually came into this contest as a favourite.
Orolbai demonstrated why as he controlled the Serbian on the ground during a one sided opening round. There was more of the same in the second but the LFA veteran was able to find the finish.
He secured an early takedown and put Medić under constant pressure. Eventually Orolbai took his opponent’s back and sank in a neck crank which forced the tap at the 4:12 mark.
With the win Orolbai improves to 12-1-1 and his habit of finishing opponents inside the distance could make him a real fan favourite. Medić drops to 9-2 and sees his two fight winning streak snapped.
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In the main event Brendan Allen (23-5) prevailed over Paul Craig (17-7-1) in a battle between two middleweights looking to move towards the upper echelons of the division. The American finally broke his opponent’s resistance with a rear naked choke early in the third round.