Khama Worthy scored a huge upset and the first stoppage of the night with a big first-round knockout over Devonte Smith at UFC 241.
Devonte Smith had to go through three different opponents heading into UFC 241. First, he was supposed to fight Canadian striker John Makdessi. Then, it was Clay Collard. Now, he’s welcoming Khama Worthy to the UFC. Smith has a very impressive 10-1 record with all of his wins coming by stoppage. In the Octagon, he has won in both of his appearances by first-round knockout. Worthy is 14-6, but most of his losses have come against UFC-level talent. He got hot at the right time, winning in his last five fights. Worthy and Smith are former training partners.
Khama Worthy popped out a jab then a leg kick to start the fight. Devonte Smith landed a body kick, but the fight was off to a largely tentative start, with both fighters feeling each other out. Leg kicks were fired by both fighters, but Smith stuck with them. A few landed on the calf, and Worthy felt it. Smith closed in and started throwing heavy blows. He landed a right, but Worthy countered with a left, and Smith stumbled forward then fell backwards, completely out. Worthy woke him up with a follow-up punch, but the referee stopped the fight before any further damage was done.
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Worthy jumped out of the Octagon in celebration and called for a bonus since this was the first stoppage of the night. Worthy took the fight on four days’ notice after fighting three weeks ago, and the decision paid off. He also said that Smith has a bright future ahead of him, and will always be a friend.
Khama Worthy def. Devonte Smith by TKO (Left Hook and Punches) in Round 1 (4:15)