Kamaru Usman Beats Demian Maia, Prospects Dom Reyes, Tatiana Suarez Pick Up Big First Round Finishes At UFC Chile

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It was a good night for a few fighters looking to put their stamp on their respective divisions at UFC Chile.

Kamaru Usman, ranked #7 at Welterweight, looked to make his presence felt against late replacement main eventer #5 Demian Maia, after original opponent Santiago Ponzinibbio was forced to withdraw from the event. A two-division title challenger, the elder Maia still proved too much for Usman to stop.

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Usman still emerged victorious, stifling all of Maia's offensive attacks throughout the duration of the bout. It was a bit of a challenge for Usman to even get a top-10 opponent, as he claims several opponents rejected him. Likely launching himself into the top-5, he'll be hard to ignore moving forward. 

#12 Tatiana Suarez picked up her sixth pro win at UFC Chile, although her record doesn't include her three impressive TUF victories. She outwrestled the once-hyped #9 Alexa Grasso to the mat and choked her senseless in short order. Suarez's wrestling -- world championship quality -- is a tool not many female fighters have.

Dom Reyes possibly launched himself into the top 15 in the UFC's light heavyweight division. He picked up a knockout victory over once-top-15 competitor Jared Cannonier after a fast and furious first round, that saw two disgusting uppercuts connect and dropped Cannonier. After the TKO, Reyes took to the microphone to call out #15 ranked Jordan Johnson. Reyes has won three UFC fights since last June.

Elsewhere on the show, #12 Alexandre Pantoja put himself way closer to the flyweight title picture by dominating his opponent in #7-ranked Brandon Moreno. This was actually the second time they'd faced off, as Pantoja also eliminated Moreno from a previous season of The Ultimate Fighter. 

Fightful.com will have a full UFC Chile analysis blog, as well as a post-show podcast on Sunday.

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