Louis “Da Last Samurai” Smolka, 29, of Hawaii, United States was one of the winners at “UFC on ESPN 19,” also known as “UFC Vegas 16.” It was the Hawaiian mixed martial artist’s eighth victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Featuring eight MMA matches, “UFC Vegas 16” took place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on December 5, 2020. In the third bout of the evening, Smolka fought José Alberto “El Teco” Quiñónez, 30, of Zacatecas, Mexico in the bantamweight division.
Jason Herzog served as the referee. He put a stop to the bantamweight contest after 2 minutes and 15 seconds in the second round when Smolka knocked out Quiñónez via punches.
Winning at “UFC Vegas 16” improved the professional MMA record of Smolka to 17 wins and 7 losses. It was the fourth time he knocked out a UFC opponent.
On the other hand, Quiñónez now has 8 wins and 5 losses. He is now riding a two-bout losing streak.
Seven countries were represented at “UFC Vegas 16” namely Brazil, Georgia, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden and the U.S. Smolka was one of the nine fighters who represented the host country while Quiñónez was one of the two representatives of Mexico.
Born in Kapolei, Hawaii on July 16, 1991, Smolka was 19 years old when he started competing in MMA as an amateur fighter. He turned professional in 2012.
Smolka joined the UFC in 2014 and competed in the promotion until 2017. In 2018, he competed in Gladiator Challenge, Destiny MMA and California Xtreme Fighting before returning to the UFC.
“UFC Vegas 16” marked Smolka’s 15th outing in the UFC. Before joining the promotion, the Hawaiian MMA fighter competed in Destiny MMA, King of the Cage and Pacific Xtreme Combat.
Smolka trains out of Team Oyama MMA and Fitness in Irvine, California, USA. The first seven opponents he defeated in the promotion were Alp Ozkilic, Richie Vaculik, Neil Seery, Paddy Holohan, Ben Nguyen, Su Mudaerji and Ryan McDonald.