The opening bout at UFC Vegas 61 was a bantamweight bout between Guido Cannetti and Randy Costa.
Argentina’s Cannetti, 42, is the oldest player in the promotion at 135, after Kris Moutinho’s quick TKO knockout earlier this year completed two rounds for Moutinho Even faster than top-ranked Sean O’Malley.
Meanwhile, a young, dynamic Randy Costa is on a two-game losing streak against Tony Kelly and Adrian Yanes after a 2-1 start to his UFC career. . In this fight, Costa showed electric offense, but lacked defense and cardio. It will be interesting to see if he addresses those issues and if he can beat veteran Canetti after his one-year sabbatical. Both must certainly see this as a sure-fire battle to keep their jobs, as they currently have a consistently poor record in promotions.
Perhaps due to his age, Canetti has ended all of his UFC bouts as underdogs, and here is no exception, but he wants to show the oddsmakers the wrong way again.
When the fight began, Costa stepped up and forced Guido back into the cage, but he immediately dealt with a persistent round kick from Cannetti, which stopped Randy from attacking with his characteristic aggressiveness.
One of the kicks kicked out of Costa’s back leg, allowing Cannetti to jump. He latched onto a bare choke right away, and even though he had no hook at Randy Costa, was forced to knock after just over a minute of fight time. At 1 minute and 04 seconds of the first round, the knock on the door rang.
At 42, Cannetti was at the top of “Old Guys,” along with Franceso Trinardo (44) and Alexei Olenik (45) on the night. If age slowed Cannetti, he didn’t show it Saturday. In fact, he didn’t have time to show it.
Official result: Guido Cannetti def. Submitted by Randy Costa (rear naked choke), Round 1, 1:04