Jeff Hughes earns UFC contract with TKO at Dana White’s Contender Series

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The Buckeye State has another UFC fighter, as Jeff Hughes (10-1) earned a contract to fight in the Octagon with a first round TKO win at Dana White’s Contender Series on Tuesday night.

Hughes was aggressive in his bout against the defensive-minded Josh Appelt, keeping the Bellator veteran on his heels for much of the first round. The end came with less than a minute to go before the first break, with “Lights Out” landing a nasty uppercut that floored Appelt and earned him the TKO win.

The win was the fourth in a row for Hughes, who holds the LFA heavyweight title. He’s gained some notoriety for training alongside former UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic at Strong Style Fight Team, but he’s beginning to make a name for himself.

Hughes also has quite a fan base, as he won the 2017 BluegrassMMA Pro Fighter of the Year award in a landslide vote. The 30-year-old Canton native now has five career stoppage wins, including four via knockout or TKO.

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