It took just two punches and seven seconds for Terrance McKinney to announce himself to the UFC world.
With a quick jab and cross, McKinney sent Matt Frevola crashing to the canvas and five hammerfists on the ground saw the fight ended.
McKinney’s post-fight win celebration then went wrong as he pushed himself towards the top of the octagon before dropping down and landing awkwardly.
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He was then shown clutching at his knee and sat on a stool before his post-fight interview.
“I went to jump on the cage and when I landed I landed on my leg and buckled my knee. Super tight right now,” he told ESPN MMA.
It was the fastest knockout in the history of the lightweight division and topped McKinney’s incredible effort only eight days prior at LFA 109.
Then he had earned a knockout win in just 72 seconds but this was even more impressive for the UFC newcomer.
“I’m feeling great and just want to give glory to God. It’s just an honour to be here,” McKinney said.
“I just trusted in my coach and listened to what he had to see and am really happy with the result.
“I knew he was going to come out. He likes to come out and come swinging and be wild.”
He had taken on the fight at short notice after Frank Camacho pulled out of the bout with Frevola after being involved in a car accident.
McKinney made sure UFC 263 started in dramatic fashion as the event builds up to its dramatic conclusion as Israel Adesanya (20-1) and Marvin Vettori (17-4-1) face off in a rematch.
Adesanya won the fight on a split decision and both have been eager for a rematch.
On Sunday they get the chance, three years later and there is plenty at stake – Adesanya’s championship belt.
“I’m here to get revenge from that first fight, whatever it was, and become the first Italian UFC champion,” Vettori said this week.
“This time we won’t need the judges,” Adesanya cheekily replied.
There are lots of other intriguing fights on the card.
Flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo and No. 1 contender Brandon Moreno also face off in a rematch for the title.
Figueiredo (20-1) and Moreno’s (18-5-2) last bout at UFC 256 ended in a draw and the former had a clear warning when speaking to media earlier this week.
“He talks a lot and I’m going to shut him up by knocking him out in the first round,” Figueiredo said.
Middleweight: Israel Adesanya vs Marvin Vettori
Flyweight: Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno
Lightweight: Leon Edwards vs Nate Diaz
Welterweight: Demian Maia vs Belal Muhammad
Light heavyweight: Paul Craig vs Jamahal Hill
Lightweight: Drew Dober vs Brad Riddell
Light heavyweight: Eryk Anders vs Darren Stewart
Women’s flyweight: Lauren Murphy vs Joanne Calderwood
Movsar Evloev def. Hakeem Dawodu by unanimous decision (29–27, 29–27, 29–27)
Pannie Kianzad def. Alexis Davis by unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 29–28)
Terrance McKinney def. Matt Frevola by KO (punches, R7 at 0:07)
Steven Peterson def. Chase Hooper by unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 29–28)
Fares Ziam def. Luigi Vendramini by majority decision (29–28, 29–28, 28–28)
Carlos Felipe def. Jake Collier by split decision (28–29, 29–28, 29–28)
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