Opening up UFC 228’s main card was a battle of deadly prospects at welterweight, and it ended exactly as everyone expected, with a knockout.
Niko Price and Abdul Razak Alhassan were both deadly prospects in the UFC’s 170 pound division heading into UFC 228. Both on two fight win streaks, Niko Price was 4-1-1 in the UFC with all four wins being finishes. Alhassan on the other hand was 3-1 in the UFC with all three being knockouts. Going into the fight many assumed there was going to be a finish. Easy call, right? And a finish there was — an amazing knockout by Alhassan.
The opening round started with both fighters swinging for the fences. Price came forward and seconds in landed a really crisp right hand that backed up Alhassan. However, moments later Alhassan would push forward and start landing punches; he soon connected with some serious blows. Price was on the cage, and a left eventually crumpled him. Wow. Wasting no time whatsoever, Abdul Razak Alhassan had arrived. The finish of Price came in under a minute.
Despite only having five fights in the UFC it’s very easy to see Abdul Razak Alhassan’s potential in the promotion. Another victory via knockout for him, and the UFC was immediately on top of it. One has to figure that he’ll get a ranked opponent next at welterweight, and with this win he will likely break into the top 15 at 170 pounds.
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Abdul Razak Alhassan def. Niko Price by knockout, Round 1, 0:43