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UFC 265 video: Manel Kape flattens Ode Osbourne with flying knee

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UFC 265: Kape v Osbourne Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC

Former RIZIN champ Manel Kape picked up his first UFC win in highlight-reel fashion, stopping Ode Osbourne with a flying knee in the first round of their UFC 265 prelim.

After sniping against his foe in game of counter-punching, Kape drew Osbourne into a flying knee that forced referee intervention at the 4:44 mark of the opening frame. Osbourne protested the stoppage, but he fell stiff after taking the shot and was taking punches when the stop came.

Check out the finish below.

The knockout victory followed a series of setbacks for Kape, who signed with the RIZIN title and three straight wins under his belt only to lose a pair of decisions in fights against Alexandre Pantoja and Matheus Nicolau, respectively.

UFC 265 didn’t arrive drama free for Kape. At the official weigh-ins, he came in 3 pounds heavy for the flyweight bout, forcing him to pay Osbourne 20 percent of his show purse.

Whatever weight advantage Kape had on the scale didn’t necessarily play out in the cage. Osbourne absorbed hard left hands and repeatedly landed a right that wiped the smile of Kape’s face. But it only took one shot to shift the scales and award the 27-year-old Angolan fighter his first UFC win.

Because he missed weight, Kape is ineligible for a post-fight performance bonus.