UFC star knocked out in mid-air as rival backflips off cage in celebration

Douglas Silva de Andrade celebrated in style after a stunning win over Gaetano Pirrello at UFC Vegas 38.

The 36-year-old had plenty to prove after his defeat last time out to Lerone Murphy in January – but responded in style with a spectacular first round knockout win.

Andrade caught his Belgian opponent while mid-air, landing a devastating left hook that floored the 29-year-old. His clinical display also earned him the Performance of the Night award, meaning he pocketed an extra £36,900 for his troubles.

Immediately after the fight, medics attended to Pirrello but Andrade seemed unperturbed, with the bantamweight star celebrating his win by twice backflipping off the cage to the delight of the 'Sin City' crowd.

"I am feeling really good," he said afterwards, before pledging to fight again as soon as possible.

"It is wonderful to be back, I just want to be thankful.

"If I could, I would be back there (fighting) in two hours. My team was talking with Dana (White) and they were talking about fighting again in January."

His display went down well with fans, after @UFCEurope posted the clip of his knockout blow on Twitter, describing it as a "nasty punch."

Is Douglas Silva de Andrade back to his best? Let us know in the comments section.

@alexicage wrote: "Agreed thats some scary punching power."

@allim75 joked: "I appreciate my job after watching that," while @LameFranki also saw the funny side, writing: "Late stoppage. Ref shoulda stopped it while he was airborne."

Pirrello fans also conceded it was clinical win: "I agree (that Andrade was impressive)," wrote @Emboio_.

"But I'm just disappointed that the only UFC fighter from Belgium got destroyed like that."

The bout served on the undercard for the Thiago Santos v Johnny Walker fight, and although Santos earned a unanimous decision victory over five rounds it was a contest that provided few thrills.

Prior to that, Kevin Holland's bout with Kyle Daukaus was ruled a no contest after an accidental clash of heads left Holland severely disadvantaged.

So ultimately the night belonged to Andrade, who took his UFC record to 27-4-1, and the display was a welcome one having suffered all four of his career defeats in his previous eight fights.

It's only the second time he's bagged the Performance of the Night honour, the last one coming back in November 2016 when he beat Henry Briones on the Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 show.

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