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Where Does Chidi Njokuani’s 16 Second Knockout Land Him on the Fastest UFC Debut Finishes?

Published 02/05/2022, 7:18 PM EST

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Chidi Njokuani announced himself to the world in some style. The 33-year-old MMA fighter made his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 200 against Marc-André Barriault. ‘Power Bar’ had the experience of fighting in the UFC going into the fight and was on a two-fight win streak.

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However, the Dana White’s Contender Series alumnus wasn’t fazed by the occasion. ‘Chidi Bang Bang’ landed two shots on his opponent and sent him crashing to the mat. He finished Barriault in just 16 seconds and secured the second-fastest finish in a UFC debut at middleweight.


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Former UFC prospect Mark Weir won his debut fight (at UFC 38) in a mere 10 seconds against Eugene Jackson.

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A win like this will put Chidi Njokuani in the eyes of the UFC matchmakers. If ‘Bang Bang’ (21-7-0, 1 NC) can string together a couple of impressive performances, a top 15 fight might not be too far.

Some of the fastest finishes on UFC debut

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is one of the biggest MMA organizations in the world. Making your debut at the promotion can be a daunting task. However, there are some fighters that don’t let the occasion of the debut get the better of them and make a statement.

Here’s a look at the fighters who have some of the fastest finishes on their UFC debuts.


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Todd Duffee vs. Tim Hague

Todd Duffee came into the UFC as one of the biggest prospects. The heavyweight fighter was 5-0 when the UFC signed him and he didn’t disappoint on his debut as he earned a win in seven seconds.

It is still tied for the fastest finish in a debut in the UFC.

Terrance McKinney vs. Matt Frevola

Former DWCS alumni Terrance McKinney made his UFC debut at UFC 263. After fighting through a lot of hardships, he finally made it to the big leagues and was able to put a stamp of authority on his debut. ‘T.Wrecks’ took on Matt Frevola and knocked him out in the first round.

With the win, he matched Duffee’s record of the fastest finish in a UFC debut.

Makwan Amirkhani vs. Andy Ogle


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Amirkhani came into the UFC with an impressive 10-2 record. The featherweight competitor made his UFC debut against Andy Ogle and made an instant impact, landing a flying knee. After that, it was simply a matter of time, and the fight finished in just 8 seconds.

Njokuani clearly isn’t in the top four, but 16-seconds is an impressive time.


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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.