Bobby Nash sent shockwaves through the MMA world when he flattened Spencer Jebb on the XFC 43 preliminary card on Wednesday in Atlanta, LIVE on FITE.
With the first-round knockout, the heavy-handed former Michigan State wrestling standout advanced to the semifinals of the XFC Welterweight Championship Tournament.
Fact: @B_Nashty is a former Big 10 wrestler.
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Nash, 30, was admittedly a little surprised when he dropped Jebb with his big right hand, sending the formidable Canadian challenger to the canvas.
“I didn’t think I hit him that hard,” the Michigan fighter says with a chuckle. “I land my left hook a lot, but I haven’t been landing my right hand like that. It surprised me. I knew I was really hurting him with my ground-and-pound after that.
“I was so happy and relieved when the ref broke it up, because I thought I was going to kill him.”
Now a big step closer to fighting for the XFC Welterweight Championship, Nash is already preparing for another Canadian challenger, Ryan Dickson, who improved to 11-5 with a first-round submission in his semifinal matchup against Mike Hill at XFC 43.
“Ryan Dickson is really talented. He’s a BJJ black belt and he had a great performance in his Hexagon debut, but he’s coming off a long layoff, has fought at 155 in the past and is shorter than me. I’m respecting him and training as hard as I can, but I don’t see why I won’t knock him out either.
“I predict a clean KO,” he adds, smiling.