LAS VEGAS – Christian Duncan emerged victorious over Denis Tiuliulin with a second-round TKO on the preliminary card of UFC Fight Night 232 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Get an insider’s look into Duncan’s triumph, as he rebounded from his career’s first loss in June to secure a significant win as a 4-1 favorite.
Christian Duncan vs. Denis Tiuliulin
Result: Christian Duncan def. Denis Tiuliulin via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 4:24
Updated records: Duncan (9-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), Tiuliulin (11-9 MMA, 1-4 UFC)
Key stats: Duncan outstruck Tiuliulin 90-37 and had nearly five minutes of control time.
Duncan on the fight’s key moment
“He came game, came ready, came out strong in the first few seconds, which I was expecting, but I wasn’t at the same time. He woke me up and put me on my game. Big props to Denis – great fighter. I like my composure in this one compared to my last fight. … (I had) a lot more patience, composure and taking my time to read and react to what he was giving me and find the openings.”
Duncan on bouncing back from his first loss
“I’m feeling good. I finally got to put a performance here at the UFC. My first two fights didn’t go how I would have preferred them to, but I finally got to put a good performance on. My last fight with (Armen) Petrosyan showed me a lot of areas that I need to work on in my own game. There were a few things leading up to the fight, as well, being out here in Vegas, that I had to look at leading up to the fight – we put it into motion this week. It was just a multiple amount of things that we put together which led to this performance tonight – especially working on things like my boxing, my grappling, my wrestling. I looked into those areas a lot more.”
Duncan on what he wants next
“This is my third fight this year and I signed in March, was my debut. I’m more than happy to stay active. I find that’s the best way that I can learn and keep growing as a fighter. So same again in 2024, but I’m here. I’m ready. Anything comes up, I’m here.”
To hear more from Duncan, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.
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