MMA Fighter Ends Headlining Fight In Nine Seconds With Devastating First Punch
If you were late getting back to your seat after getting held up in the bathroom or at the concessions during the main event of RIZIN FF 10 in Fukuoka, Japan Sunday, you likely missed the entire fight. But you already knew that.
Kyoji Horiguchi (24-2) made very quick work of fellow former UFC flyweight contender Ian McCall (13-7-1), ending the fight after connecting on his first punch of the match. The total length of the fight: nine seconds. Check it out in its entirety below.
There’s beauty in the breakdown…
Horiguchi’s victory marks his ninth in a row and fifth straight knockout victory, whereas McCall hasn’t won since 2014 (granted, he had a string of six fight cancellations between then and now).
After the match, the 33-year-old McCall expressed disappointment in himself and the referee for not letting the fight continue.
“Well, I got punched real hard, and I got hit,” McCall said. “Big deal. Let me fight. I came here to die, and I think I punched him once. I don’t know. I have to watch it again. It’s really embarrassing, so I don’t know. Truly sad.”
“He’s very strong, but again, I feel it was a very early stoppage,” McCall said. ” … I came here to fight. I came here to fight for at least 15 minutes, and I feel like that was taken from me. Obviously, Horiguchi landed a good shot. He punches hard, but I was OK (to continue).”
Fighting back tears, McCall claimed his future is uncertain and said “part of me is broken.”
“I have to go home and talk to my family and see if I want to do this anymore,” “Uncle Creepy” said. “I have other opportunities in life, and I’ll be honest: Maybe this sport has passed me by. It’s a lot to think about. And to think it has, it hurts. I never really got to show the world how good I am.”
[h/t MMA Junkie]