"I was thinking I needed to win the fight and make a statement," Amagov said. "I was more relaxed had a great camp at Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA. I believed that I had enough power to knock him out from that position. I have done it before."
Amagov was right, and Waldburger suffered the consequences. The vicious power punches left Waldburger unconscious on the floor, eventually being carted out on a stretcher. Fortunately, he didn't suffer any serious injuries, and Amagov said he was relieved, as well.
"It's the nature of the business, but I felt bad for him," Amagov said. "My manager Sam Kardan and I went over to speak with his manager, Audie Attar, to make sure he was OK, and Audie said that everything was OK."
Referee Jay Stafin received criticism for his slow intervention, but Amagov admits he was focused on the victory and doesn't really have a strong opinion on the official's performance.
"Honestly, I had no idea during the fight with all the adrenaline rush," Amagov said. "I think the last punch could have been avoided if the ref stopped the fight in time."