Ismael Bonfim turned in one of the very best Octagon debuts you could ask for earlier tonight (Sat., Jan. 21, 2023) at UFC 283 live on ESPN+ PPV from inside Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, when the Contender Series alum slept lightweight finisher Terrance McKinney with a massive second-round knockout (flying knee).
UFC’s 2023 PPV DEBUT! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) kicks off its New Year pay-per-view (PPV) campaign on Sat., Jan. 21, 2023, with a battle for the vacant Light Heavyweight crown between former champion and No. 2-ranked contender, Glover Teixeira, looking to stop the momentum of surging No. 7-seeded up-and-comer, Jamahal Hill. In the co-main event of UFC 283, which will take place inside Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, one of the greatest rivalries in promotional history resumes as Flyweight kingpin, Deiveson Figueiredo, battles interim belt keeper, Brandon Moreno, for a fourth (and likely final) time.
McKinney has proven to be an absolute sparkplug in the 155-pound division, but Bonfim quickly showcased his own explosive striking. It forced McKinney to defend more than he usually would and it allowed Bonfim to start timing his shots. In the second round, during a flurry along the cage Bonfim launched a vicious flying knee that sent “T.Wrecks” headfirst into the canvas and put an immediate stop to the “Prelims” affair.
Check out the final moments below courtesy of UFC/ESPN:
Bonfim, 27, could not have looked better. He avoided almost all of McKinney’s advancements on the feet and looked good in the few grappling exchanges that occurred. This was a massive statement in a division already stacked with talent so UFC may want to fast track the Brazilian to see what he can do against stiffer competition.
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