Irishman Loses Debut Fight To UFC's Scariest Prospect

Irishman Loses Debut Fight To UFC's Scariest Prospect

Rhys McKee's UFC debut lasted just over three minutes on Saturday night.

The Ballymena man was stopped by Khamzat Chimaev - one of the UFC's best prospects right now - in the first round of their welterweight encounter.

The fight was the opening bout on the main card at the promotion's latest 'Fight Island' event at the Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi.

Just seconds into the fight, the 24-year-old McKee wasn't even on the back foot, he wasn't on either foot as Chimaev picked up his opponent and carried him across the octagon.

McKee ended up on the canvas and it was there he would stay until Rich Mitchell stepped in to stop the fight with the Irishman unable to answer a barrage of punches.


McKee had taken the fight on just six days notice. His last bout had been back in November when he won at a Cagewarriors event in Cork.

Chimaev's victory set a new record for the quickest set of wins in UFC history. The Swede, now 8-0, had beaten John Phillips, also in a Fight Island event, 11 days ago.

"I can fight after one hour maybe,” Chimaev said after the fight.

"If somebody is injured, I’m here. I’m going to smash everybody. It doesn’t matter. I’m going to smash everybody.

"How many fighters in the welterweight division? I can smash all of them."

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