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AUCKLAND, New Zealand – In a battle of housemates from “The Ultimate Fighter: Nations,” it was Vik Grujic who got his first UFC win with a big TKO.

Grujic (7-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) took the back of Chris Indich (5-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) late in the first round, but when Indich got back to his feet, Grujic made him pay.

The welterweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 43 event at Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

After a slow start, the two clinched up. But on the break, Grujic landed a good punch that opened a cut near Indich’s right eye. A big swing from Grujic moments later had Indich pushing forward, but they broke apart with three minutes left. And soon thereafter, Grujic was cut open, as well.

After some clinch fighting, Indich landed a double-leg takedown, but Grujic was up quickly. But with a minute left, Grujic got a takedown and quickly popped to full mount. He easily took Indich’s back and started to look for a rear-naked choke.

Indich defended, though, and got back to his feet. That proved to be a mistake. Grujic poured on big punches and dropped Indich along the fence with a straight right hand. He went after the finish and got it with just five seconds left in the round.

“It’s fantastic. The UFC is the top of the line, and I got a big ‘W’ here,” said Grujic, who like Indich is from nearby Australia. “He’s a savage, and I’m the Spartan. So blood’s going to fly, and it’s going to be brutal, no doubt. He’s a great athlete, but I’m extremely aggressive. I keep throwing.”

Grujic is back in the win column after a loss in his UFC debut in April. Indich lost for the second straight time.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 43 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 43, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

(John Morgan contributed to this report on-site in Auckland.)

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