Song Yadong has taken out his highest-ranked opponent to date, knocking out Alejandro Perez with a perfectly-timed right hand on the preliminary card of UFC 239.
Song needed just over two minutes to get the job done inside the T-Mobile Arena. The knockout came at 2:04 of round 1.
The 21-year-old bantamweight improves his record to 15-4 record, including victories in all four of his Octagon appearances.
This weekend was Song’s first Stateside appearance, no doubt a litmus test of how the Chinese fighter would stand up under the bright lights of Vegas. He did not disappoint.
“I was practicing that punch,” Song said in a post-fight interview.
“My coach made that call for me to train that specific technique. I was prepared to fight all three rounds. I didn’t expect to finish the fight so fast. I’m very happy with the win.”
It’s been a big year for the UFC’s roster of Chinese athletes and it’s not over yet. Not by a long shot.
Surging women’s strawweight Zhang Weili will make history on 31 August when she challenge Jessica Andrade for the strawweight title in Shenzhen. It will also go down as the first time a Chinese fighter has fought for a title in the UFC.
At UFC 238 women’s strawweight Yan Xiaonan remained undefeated in the UFC after a hard-fought unanimous decision over Angela Hill in Chicago.
If timing is everything then the UFC is in luck. UFC opened the doors to its Shanghai PI last month and with UFC Shenzhen coming in fast – it seems everything is clicking at the right time. Watch this space.