Brunno Ferreira wasn’t just happy to be there when it came to making his UFC debut.
The octagon’s newcomer, Gregory Rodrigues, was stunned by a knockout in the first portion of UFC 283 Rio de Janeiro.
Watch Ferreira’s powerful punch finish.
Ferreira and Rodrigues both have strong backgrounds in grappling, but they were able to bang and stand with each other for the bulk of their bout, which lasted just over four minutes. Neither fighter asserted themselves until Ferreira backed up to the fence, threw a couple of feints, and then connected with a left hook on the button that sent Rodrigues crashing down. Rodrigues banged his head against the canvas, and it became obvious that there were no further shots.
The official time of the stoppage was 4:13 of Round 1.
Ferreira’s first win in the UFC makes him 10-0 pro. All of his victories were by submission or knockout. He earned a UFC contract on the most recent season of the Contender Series with a TKO of Leon Aliu and was tabbed to fight Rodrigues as a replacement for Brad Tavares.
Rodrigues (13-5) falls to 4-2 in the UFC.