Through its first seven cycles, the UFC‘S roster and talent pool have managed to separate themselves in a class of their own with numerous alumni finding the right rhythm in the proper divisions. In today’s episode of Across The Pond, you will meet the newest member of the contender series club looking to become the next shining spark at bantamweight for the promotion. A professional mixed martial artist since November 2021 and representing Reno Academy Of Combat and Fitness, Payton Talbott owns an undefeated 6-0 record comprised of five knockouts and one decision. The majority of his victories over the course of his career as a professional MMA fighter have been inside the distance. He has gone to the scorecards a single time during his time in the professional ranks sweeping them clean across the board in that instance. Talbott earned his contract from the UFC on the opening episode of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series season seven in 2023.
In his MMA debut, he knocked out Abdyklkadyr Kaladrov in the second round. Talbott also knocked out Billy Brand in round three at Firepower Promotions MMA 4 Sudden Impact. Then in the main event of Urijah Faber’s A1 Combat 2, he defeated Hector Fajardo via technical knockout in round two. Talbott defeated Anthony Jimenez via TKO in the second round in the main event of Urijah Faber’s A1 Combat 6. He defeated Chrisihan Rivas via technical knockout in round three at Urijah Faber’s A1 Combat 9 to earn his fifth knockout win as a professional.
In the second contest of Dana Whites Tuesday Night Contender Series week one of season seven, he defeated Reyes Cortez jr via unanimous decision. The victory earned Talbott the first decision win of his professional career in addition to a UFC contract. He also extended his unbeaten streak to six to begin his career in the process. Talbott is an arrow whose piercing knockouts are always a straight shot!