Ismael Bonfim flattens Terrance McKinney
With one other action-packed month of MMA within the books, MMA Junkie seems to be at the most effective knockouts from January 2023: Listed below are the 5 nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMA Junkie’s Knockout of the Month award for January.
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Nominee: Abdul Razak Alhassan def. Claudio Ribeiro at UFC Struggle Evening 217
[autotag]Abdul Razak Alhassan[/autotag] (12-5 MMA, 6-5 UFC) tried to combine issues up early with some wrestling, however finally, his crushing energy led to a different early finis in opposition to Claudio Ribeiro (10-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC).
Alhassan took on the debuting Ribeiro in a middleweight bout that promised to provide a violent end. It did, as a result of Alhassan connected with some big punches. Ribeiro was shocked, and Alhassan poured on the stress to attain the knockout from crushing proper palms to finish it within the second spherical.
Nominee: Umar Nurmagomedov def. Raoni Barcelos at UFC Struggle Evening 217
[autotag]Umar Nurmagomedov[/autotag] (16-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) remained undefeated and took the subsequent step as a UFC bantamweight contender with a brutal knockout over Raoni Barcelos (17-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC).
After stepping in with a kick to the physique, Nurmagomedov adopted by with a crisp left hook that caught Barcelos clean on the jaw, sending him crashing to the mat. Barcelos was fully out on the best way down, and Nurmagomedov landed a few hammerfists earlier than the referee stepped in.
Nominee: Dan Ige def. Damon Jackson at UFC Struggle Evening 217
[autotag]Dan Ige[/autotag] (16-6 MMA, 8-5 UFC) snapped his three-fight shedding skid in highlight-reel vogue when he put Damon Jackson (22-5-1 MMA, 5-3-1 UFC) down.
Ige bought again on the profitable observe when a big left hand landed on the chin of Jackson that led to a walk-off end within the second spherical of their featherweight conflict.
Nominee: Ismael Bonfim def. Terrance McKinney at UFC 283
The second the struggle started, it was clear [autotag]Ismael Bonfim[/autotag] (19-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) wasn’t there to roll over for Terrance McKinney (13-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) of their light-weight bout.
Because it grew to become clear he was beginning to take over going into the second spherical, cageside commentator Paul Felder famous how superb Bonfim seemed within the struggle, then he uncorked a brutal flying knee strike that face-planted McKinney and put him to sleep.
Nominee: Johnny Walker def. Paul Craig at UFC 283
[autotag]Johnny Walker[/autotag] (20-7 MMA, 6-4 UFC) got here out of the gate firing and it resulted in a fast end of Paul Craig (16-6-1 MMA, 8-6-1 UFC) .
Walker took benefit of Craig’s pursuit of the early takedown within the gentle heavyweight bout and made him pay with heavy shots for the TKO end simply over two minutes after the competition started.
The winner: Ismael Bonfim
Bonfim shined when the lights have been brightest.
In his promotional debut, Bonfim served up a ridiculous flying knee, which knocked McKinney unconscious on the preliminary card at Jeunesse Enviornment in Rio de Janeiro. The official time of the stoppage got here at 2:17 of Spherical 2.
Bonfim, 27, impressed on Dana White’s Contender Sequence in September and carried that momentum into his first UFC bout. In Spherical 1, Bonfim confirmed off slick putting as he tagged McKinney on a number of events. McKinney hung robust and ended up on prime when the struggle hit the bottom, however couldn’t muster up a lot offense.
In Spherical 2, Bonfim continued to tug away. After he knocked McKinney’s mouthpiece out with a punch, Bonfim leaped and landed a swap knee that drilled McKinney straight within the chin. McKinney was out on his toes and crashed awkwardly to the canvas on his neck.
When Bruce Buffer learn the choice, McKinney was up and transferring underneath his personal energy.
Bonfim’s victory marked his thirteenth in a row.
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