Michael Chandler and Tony Ferguson went back and forth in the first round of their highly anticipated UFC 274 showdown. Then, in a split second, Chandler turned the tables – and turned off the lights on Ferguson.
In the one of the first exchanges of the second round, Chandler landed a front kick to Ferguson’s jaw that sent the former interim champ crashing to the canvas just 17 seconds into the middle frame.
Here’s what fighters had to say about the highlight-reel finish.
I’d have a nice knock off this guy, no doubt about it. A firework spectacle. I like the 170 shout also. Tipped him over. I’m definitely game to fight this guy at some stage in my career. I see it happening after tonight. Congrats on a solid win Michael and another barnstormer.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 8, 2022
My god! That was a bad one!— Erik Jon Koch (@NEWBREED04) May 8, 2022
Holy Hell!!!!— Funky (@Benaskren) May 8, 2022
Holy hell. No one saw that coming— Lando Vannata (@GroovyLando) May 8, 2022
Damn Channy boy— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) May 8, 2022
I really hope Tony is OK. But for Chandler that is a knockout of the year candidate for sure!! #UFC274— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) May 8, 2022
Title fight time!!!!!!!— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) May 8, 2022