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For the second straight weekend, a knee to the face ended a fight, but this time it came much later in the bout.

Jonathan Martinez (11-2-0), ended his bantamweight battle against Pingyuan Liu (13-6-0) with a vicious right knee straight to the face at 3:54 in the third and final round of the fight on the UFC Fight Night Sacramento preliminary card. 

"When I heard him [Martinez's coach] say, 'Jab, knee' I just picked it up and landed it right to him. It was pretty good," Martinez said to reporters after the win. "... I was all like, 'Man, it worked!' Worked on this for whole weeks and it worked." 

Liu, a Team Alpha Male product, came into Saturday with a nine-fight win streak. He suffered only his second defeat by (T)KO. 

 

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Martinez's powerful knee resulted in his sixth career win by knockout, and his first since 2014.