Ismael Bonfim repeatedly sent Terrance McKinney’s mouthpiece flying before sending him stiff to the canvas with a flying knee in their UFC 283 prelim.
Bonfim was the first to send McKinney to the second round in the octagon in his UFC debut, and he made as much of a stunning first impression as his foe did nearly two years ago with a seven-second finish.
Check out the highlight-reel stoppage below.
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After being stopped by Drew Dober in March, McKinney had hoped to start a second streak of octagon wins. Early on, his height and reach advantage appeared in good use as he used straight attacks to keep Bonfim at bay. Bonfim’s quick reaction was to use looping punches against his physical handicaps. A clipping right made McKinney take a knee in the first round, and from there, Bonfim showed his wrestling chops by winning the position battle against the cage. McKinney was slapped on the neck by a late head-kick, and Bonfim fell to the floor in the final exchange.
Advised by his corner to continue his straight attack, McKinney quickly found his work repaid by heavy body shots and right hooks in counter. McKinney was too content to just play against Bonfim and gave him plenty of time for Bonfim to prepare the final attack. This came right before McKinney lost his mouthpiece in an exchange. McKinney went stiff when the switch-attack hit, and it was all over at the 2:17 mark of the second.
Bonfim, an LFA vet, improves to 18-3 after winning his UFC contract on DWCS, while McKinney drops to 13-5 as a professional after a first-round submission of Erick Gonzalez in his previous outing.