Abdul Razak Alhassan was actually excited to show off his conditioning in a three-round fight, but instead he added another first round knockout to his resume.
This time Alhassan needed just 17 seconds and the very first strike he threw: A head kick that absolutely blasted Alessio Di Chirico and sent him crashing to the canvas in a heap in the featured prelim at UFC Vegas 35. Alhassan didn’t throw any follow-up punches as Di Chirico was visibly finished, with the referee rushing in to stop the fight.
It was the 11th first-round knockout for Alhassan of his career.
“I cannot wait to tell [my son] daddy won,” Alhassan said while celebrating his victory. “It’s something we’ve been practicing. It was actually supposed to be the left kick. I saw his head go that way and I just threw it.”
Always known for his jaw-dropping finishes, Alhassan made a lot of changes to his training camp in recent months to dispel the notion that he was only capable of putting opponents away in the first round or he’d ultimately come up short.
He still managed to make a huge statement in essentially the first exchange of the fight as Alhassan unleashed the head kick that put Di Chirico away in devastating fashion.
After three losses in a row, Alhassan obviously had something to prove, but he’ll have to wait until a later date to show off his new conditioning program after moving to Colorado in recent months. Instead, he’ll go home with another highlight-reel finish and likely a performance bonus once UFC Vegas 35 is wrapped up for the night.