Muhammad Mokaev opened UFC London in style on his promotional debut with a first-round submission victory over flyweight rival Cody Durden within the opening minute.
Coming out to huge applause from the home crowd, Mokaev fighting out of Manchester via Dagestan, teased Durden with early high kicks but it was a knee that forced his rival to slump to the canvas
The last hurrah of Durden was a body slam while Mokaev looked to get into hold, which he was able to complete via guillotine choke after just 58 seconds of round one before leaping onto the walls of the octagon at The O2.
The 21-year-old dominated the amateur ranks between the ages of 15 and 20 and was annoyed by the UFC in November thanks to a rave review from matchmaker Mick Maynard.
Mokaev called out Durden for a comment aimed at Qileng Aori late last year, and made an instant statement in London as he aims to become the youngest UFC champion in history.
Having gone 24-0 in the amateur ranks, Mokaev was pushed into the decision by UFC Welterweight star Khamzat Chimaev.
Mokaev told Daily Star Sport in February: "Yes I did speak to him. He was telling me after I won the world championships in 2018 (to turn professional)
"He said: 'listen, stop smashing these amateur guys, let's go professional and build the name'.
"I did that and now I'm in the UFC, and I'm a bigger name than if I hadn't turned professional, and also it will build my experience."
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