What a way to make an introduction.
The UFC debut of unbeaten lightweight Ottman Azaitar turned out to be a spectacular one on Saturday at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi when he produced a knockout-of-the-year contender against Finland's Teemu Packalen.
Azaitar (12-0), a native of Morocco who fights out of Germany, connected with a looping right hand to the left ear of Packalen (8-3) that knocked him out cold and sent him face first to the canvas.
The fight was instantly waved off at 3:33 of the opening round as the preliminary card bout lit up the United Arab Emirates crowd inside The Arena at Yas Island.
"I heard from my brother [and trainer] that I should hit with my left but I injured my left hand in the fight and couldn't hit with the left," Azaitar said. "So I knew I had one shot before the break comes and we got it."
Azaitar moved to 12-0 in his professional career with nine of those wins coming by way of TKO.
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