Imagine earning a contract with the world's largest mixed martial arts promotion in just one step. That's what happened when MMA fighter Aalon Cruz struck opponent Steven Nguyen with a brutal – but beautiful – flying knee]
̵1; ESP MMA (@espnmma ) July 31, 2019
Cruz (6-2) from Florida participated in Dana White's Contender Series, in which aspiring fighters fight for a chance at a UFC contract. White, like everyone else, was visibly impressed by the flying knee and immediately signaled that he signed Cruz for the company.
He later made it official. "Cruz just looks mean," he said in his announcement after the game, which fighters had earned a contract. "When he's in this Octagon, he looks mean, he fights mean, he's evil … and he's exactly what I'm looking for." If Cruz can make such moves on a regular basis, Cruz is a force to be reckoned with in the featherweight division.
But wait, there's more flying knee action. In the next fight that night, Aleksa Camur also got a flying knee against Fabio Cherant in the second round to remain unbeaten and earn his own UFC contract.
Although not as impressive as Cruz, Camur's strike was still an unforgettable sight. Give it a try:
– ESPN MMA (@espnmma) July 31, 2019
"This kid is tall, strong and round," White said of Camur. "You have just seen what this child is capable of." We look forward to more highlight roles of these two fighters. The heavyweight Rodrigo Nascimento and the flyweight Tracy Cortez also earned contracts that night.