San Diego, CA — Flyweight Tyson Nam (21-12-1) returned to the win column in a big way at UFC San Diego, securing a thrilling knockout of knockout artist Ode Osbourne.
Osbourne had a couple of KOs under the UFC banner, a rarity for a 125’er. Nam proved he too has dynamite in his hands, finishing the fight with a couple of right hands inside of a round.
“That was all of the emotions in one punch,” Nam told media outlets including Cageside Press following the win, which happened to be his first fight in 19 months. “Not surprised that it was the right hand again.”
It’s a moment Nam had been focused on for the entirety of his absence. So much so that he was smiling in the octagon. That, said Nam, was due to being “So happy. 19 months, right? All I’ve been doing is thinking about it for 19 months. Something that will drive any human being insane. So to make it back here, make the walk in front of fans? My God.”
“All the way from the training, the coaching, the rehabbing, the progression, all the way up to that stepping into the cage. It was always in your mind: 19 months, ring rust, you’re going to feel a little bit nervous, you’re going to feel a little bit anxious,” Nam continued. “I didn’t feel none of it. As soon as we were riding the bus, I’ve been here before, I’ve been doing it longer than pretty much anybody on top of this fight card. I’m home. I’m home.”
As for the 125lb weight class, Nam was bullish on it. “The flyweight division is smoking hot. We’re knocking each other out, we’re throwing each other around. That was probably the biggest knock on the flyweights, was the lack of KOs. We’re bringing it every week. Put a flyweight on top of every single card, you’ll see a knockout.”
Watch the full UFC San Diego post-fight press scrum with Tyson Nam above.