Roman Dolidze got UFC Austin off to bang with a brutal first-round finish over an experienced and talented opponent in Kyle Daukaus.

After receiving criticism in his previous bout for an overly wrestling-heavy approach, Dolidze went out looking for blood. After a clash of heads caused a slight pause in the action, Dolidze quickly turned on the heat. The Georgian-born middleweight dropped Daukaus with a quick flurry, and he immediately followed him to the mat.

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Whilst Daukaus was initially able to survive, and even managed to climb to his feet with the aid of the cage, Dolidze simply used it to set up a brutal finishing strike. While pinning Daukaus against the cage, Dolidze threw a knee that landed clean on the head of Daukaus, instantly sending him sprawling to the canvas.

Below, check out the highlights of Roman Dolidze’s first-round finish of Kyle Daukaus at UFC Austin:

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