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Kauppinen (11-4-0) went in to the main event conflict using all the UFC veteran on a two-fight skid.
A little over one-minute in to the competition, Kauppinen caught “Legionarius” with a crisp left hand which separated his out of his perceptions.
“The Hammerhorn” proceeded into the Genoa mainevent on the rear of a beat in his promotional introduction after suffering a second-round submission loss to Water Gahadza at Bellator 200. Ahead of his Bellator introduction, he had been submitted by fellow newly-signed Bellator middle-weight, Fabian Edwards, from the dying embers of the first round of his battle, after falling the blue chip prospect with the right hand.