Bryan Battle scored one of the most brutal head kick knockouts in recent memory against Takashi Sato at UFC on ESPN 40.
Battle (8-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), “The Ultimate Fighter 29” middleweight winner, dropped down to welterweight and had a sensational debut. He landed the perfect head kick on Sato (16-6 MMA, 2-3 UFC) just 44 seconds into their bout on Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Check out the replay of the finish below (via Twitter):
After the win, Battle said he felt the head kick was something he could connect with on Sato – who hasn’t been finished with strikes since 2015 – inside the octagon.
It’s crazy,” Battle said in his post-fight interview with Michael Bisping. “It’s something that we saw, it’s something we anticipated. I didn’t see it happening quite so soon. That was probably the most beautiful strike I’ve ever thrown.”
During his post-fight interview, Battle named Bryan Barberena as a matchup of interest, but delivered a more poignant callout of the undefeated Ian Garry.
“I’m not saying this man’s ducking me, but at least he’s being protected,” Battle said of Garry. “I want you. I want all the clout. Neither one of us ranked, nothing is holding us back.”
There was no immediate reaction from Garry, but there was one from Barberena (via Twitter):
Up-to-the-minute UFC on ESPN 40 results include:
Bryan Battle def. Takashi Sato via knockout (head kick) – Round 1, 0:44 Cory McKenna def. Miranda Granger via submission (Von Flue choke) – Round 2, 1:03 Mayra Bueno Silva def. Stephanie Egger via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 1:17
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