Video: UFC hopeful Phil Hawes crumples DWCS 32 opponent, scores 78-second TKO

The second time was the charm for Phil Hawes.

After a failed attempt on Dana White’s Contender Series 4 back in 2017, Hawes (8-2) made his second appearance on the series Tuesday.

Over three years after his first DWCS fight, Hawes redeemed himself. Taking on American Kickboxing Academy’s Khadzhi Bestaev (10-4), Hawes picked up a 78-second TKO victory in brutal fashion.

A strong wrestler, Hawes had Bestaev thinking about takedowns – noticeably so. Bestaev, a 6-foot-6 middleweight, held his hands low. Hawes flipped the script, however, landing hard leg kicks that threw Bestaev off balance.

The finishing combination started off with a hard right hand that floored Bestaev. From there, Hawes pounced. Heavy ground-and-pound rained down, leaving Chris Tognoni no option but to wave off the fight.

Check out Hawes’ TKO of Bestaev in the video clip below:

DWCS 32 took place Tuesday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and streamed on ESPN+.

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