Abdul Razak Alhassan banked an insane 17-second finish earlier tonight (Sat., Aug. 28, 2021) at UFC Vegas 35 live on ESPN/ESPN+ from inside UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, when he finished veteran middleweight Alessio Di Chirico via first-round knockout (head kick).
Alhassan needed a big performance coming into this fight riding a three-fight losing streak. The knockout sensation recently moved up to middleweight to regain some momentum, but came up short against Jacob Malkoun in his return to 185 pounds this past April. Luckily for Alhassan, he was able to take full advantage of his “Prelims” headliner.
Moments into the fight Alhassan had Di Chirico backed up along the cage and launched a massive head kick that struck the Italian fighter right on the head. Di Chirico instantly tumbled to the canvas as Alhassan admired his work. It was an incredible knockout that now leaves Alhassan breathing new life in the UFC’s middleweight division.
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