Lightweight fighter Terrance McKinney announced himself to UFC world on Sunday, securing a remarkable seven-second knockout victory on debut.
The 26-year-old American toppled opponent Matt Fevola with a quick jab and cross in Glendale’s Gila River Arena, the bout ending with a flurry of hammerfists.
It broke the record for fastest lightweight victory in UFC history.
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But McKinney’s post-fight celebration went astray, with the fighter injuring his knee after climbing over the Octagon’s caging.
“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.”
Just a 1-2 and Frevola was gone! Then you had a few hammerfists for good measure. And then as McKinney jumped down from the top of the cage his right knee gave out. You can’t make this up. #UFC263
— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) June 12, 2021
McKinney picks up one of the fastest knockouts in UFC history — and then might have really messed up his knee from the cage celebration. Seven-second finish. #UFC263
— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) June 12, 2021
Oh man, what a rollercoaster of emotions for Terrance McKinney. Knocks out Matt Frevola in mere seconds…then appears to injure his knee while celebrating. Rough. #UFC263
— SUNS IN 6 AL-SHATTI (@shaunalshatti) June 12, 2021
Later in the main card, New Zealand phenom Israel Adesanya will defend his middleweight title against Italy’s Marvin Vettori.
Australian UFC fighter Alex Volkanovski predicted a third-round finish to the highly-anticipated bout.
“Because on the feet, Izzy will be too much for him,” Volkanovski insisted.
“Vettori, he’s tough. And he will definitely bring plenty, will make it ugly.
“But Izzy will just pick him off.
“Izzy’s take-down defence is so much better now than back then.
“He will be too much for Vettori.”
Meanwhile, UFC flyweight champion Davieson Figueiredo will defend his belt against Mexico’s Brandon Moreno.
The main card will kick off at 12pm AEST, while the Adesanya vs Vettori bout is expected to take place at approximately 1:30pm
UFC 263 Main Card
Israel Adesanya vs Marvin Vettori — middleweight title fight
Deiveson Figueiredo vs Brandon Moreno — flyweight title fight
Leon Edwards vs Nate Diaz — welterweight
Demian Maia vs Belal Muhammad — welterweight
Paul Craig vs Jamahal Hill — light heavyweight
Drew Dober vs Brad Riddell — lightweight
Eryk Anders defeated Darren Stewart via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27 x 2) — light heavyweight
Lauren Murphy defeated Joanne Calderwood via split decision (29-28 x 2, 28-29) — women’s flyweight
Movsar Evloev defeated Hakeen Dawody via unanimous decision (29-27 x 3) — featherweight
Originally published as Debutant’s ‘wild’ 7-second KO stuns fans