UFC 264: Sean O'Malley leaves UFC newboy Kris Moutinho bloodied after striking clinic forces controversial ref stoppage

THE 'SUGA' SHOW was in full flow early this morning at UFC 264 as bantamweight prospect Sean O'Malley produced another stunning display.

The Dana White's Contenders Series alum kicked off the main portion of the Las Vegas card against promotional newcomer Kris Moutinho.

Former CCFC 135er Moutinho entered his UFC debut flying high on a two-fight win streak.

But he was brought back down to earth in a brutal fashion by an imperious O'Malley, who registered a third-round TKO victory.

Moutinho, however, did himself no disservice with his display in his maiden UFC outing.

The green-hard New Englander wasted little time getting in the face of O'Malley, immediately taking the centre of the octagon.

But he soon found himself on the receiving end of multiple jabs and kicks to the lead leg.

O'Malley moved effortlessly throughout the first minute and landed a beautiful right hand flush on the chin of his opponent.

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Suga's rhythm was set thereafter and he rocked Moutinho's head back with a big one-two.

To his credit, Moutinho wasn't deterred and kept coming forward.

But he ended up eating combination after combination from the imperious O'Malley, who even took the time to showboat between shots.

O'Malley landed a nasty knee straight to the chin of Moutinho in the final minute and followed up with a crisp one-two.

Somehow, Moutinho didn't fall. But he ended up being floored with a beautiful right seconds before the buzzer.

The badly hurt Moutinho opted against foregoing the pressure-heavy approach that saw him pieced up the previous round.

O'Malley cracked the side of his head with a beautiful head kick, which he followed up with a pinpoint straight right.

Moutinho's chin continued to provide a home for O'Malley's right hand, although it didn't stop him from pouring the pressure on.

That pressure seemed to take its toll on the gas tank of O'Malley, who took multiple glances at the clock and took a huge deep breath before the end of the round.

Instead of targeting the head early in the third, O'Malley shifted his focus to Moutinho's lead leg – which he snapped back with stomps.

But as soon as he went back to working his hands, O'Malley allowed Moutinho to renew his relentless pursuit.

A huge head kick landed for Suga just before the two-minute mark and drew a huge gasp from the crowd.

After landing a beautiful counter knee, O'Malley threw the kitchen sink at the former CFFC bantamweight – whose face was a bloody mess.

Referee Herb Dean warned the newcomer to protect himself and eventually called a halt to proceedings after seeing the debut boy continue to take a barrage of punishment.

O'Malley was quick to praise his durable foe, saying: "Kris is a tough motherf***er!

"He took this fight on 11 days when a lot people in the UFC wouldn't even take it. Kris is a bad motherf***er."

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