Boston Salmon finally got his day in the Octagon. Unfortunately for him, it was a debut to forget.
A Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series contract winner, Salmon saw his first three UFC bookings canceled before stepping into the cage with Khalid Taha at UFC 236 in Atlanta on Saturday. He hadn’t fought in 641 days.
Taha ended their bantamweight contest in 25 seconds.
After just missing Salmon’s chin with a right hand, Taha found the mark with a looping left that sent Salmon crashing to the mat. A pair of follow-up punches shut the door on the badly hurt Salmon, who protested the stoppage to no avail.
With the win, Taha (12-2) bounced back from a unanimous decision loss to Nad Narimani and he improved to 1-1 in the UFC. Salmon was finished for the first time in his career and he falls to 6-2 as a pro.