Marcus McGhee stepped in to replace Brian Kelleher on three days’ notice at UFC Vegas 72 this Saturday night, facing Journey Newson in a 140-pound catchweight at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, and he made the most of the opportunity.
A veteran of only seven professional bouts going into his octagon debut, McGhee hurt Newson with a left hand in the second round, dropping the 14-fight veteran and immediately took his back, sinking in the rear-naked choke to secure the finish.
Watch the finish below.
McGhee earns the submission win on a weeks notice #UFCVegas72 pic.twitter.com/jeemYJ41h4— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) April 29, 2023
McGhee now holds a MMA record of 7-1, securing the first submission victory of his career after knocking out his opponent in every single one of his previous wins. Newson dropped to 1-4 with one no-contest under the UFC banner.