The top 10 UFC debut performances of 2021
Another year remains in the books – and the UFC supplied a variety of unforgettable minutes in 2021.
Various potential customers, Dana White’s Competitor Series signees, extremely promoted fighters, and even a previous Bellator champ were generated from other promos made their UFC debuts in 2021 – however some were more unforgettable than others.
Here are the 10 UFC launching efficiencies that stuck out above the rest.
Note: Consider figuring out the ranking consisted of abilities showed, flare, by just how much expectations were gone beyond, prospective ceiling of professional athlete, and level of declaration made.
Casey O’Neill def. Shana Dobson by means of TKO (ground-and-pound) – Round 2, 3:41
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 20: Casey O’Neill of Australia punches Shana Dobson in a flyweight bout throughout the UFC Battle Night occasion at UFC peak on February 20, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Image by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
After a long-lasting climb towards success, [autotag]Casey O’Neill[/autotag] made her advertising launching at UFC Battle Night 185. Measuring up to the buzz, O’Neill showed a well-rounded toolbox en path to a second-round TKO of Shana Dobson.
Saidyokub Kakhramonov def. Trevin Jones by means of technical submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 4:39
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 21: (R-L) Saidyokub Kakhramonov of Uzbekistan punches Trevin Jones of Guam in a bantamweight battle throughout the UFC Battle Night occasion at UFC peak on August 21, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Image by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
For many years, [autotag]Saidyokub Kakhramonov[/autotag] declared he was UFC prepared. It took a while for the powers that be to offer him his chance at UFC on ESPN 29. However when it came, even on brief notification, Kakhramonov took advantage of it with a declaration win. Versus the gritty and long lasting Trevin Jones, Kakhramonov revealed a well-rounded display screen of abilities which he complemented with a nasty submission in Round 3.
Jeremiah Wells def. Warlley Alves by means of knockout (punches) – Round 2, 0:30
A long time clean trick of Renzo Gracie Philly, [autotag]Jeremiah Wells[/autotag] patiently took the beautiful path to the UFC. In his advertising launching, Wells presented himself to UFC audiences with a bang when he ended up being just the 2nd male to complete experienced Brazilian fighter Warlley Alves – and he did so in violent style at UFC Battle Night 190.
Ian Garry def. Jordan Williams by means of knockout (punches) – Round 1, 4:59
Nov 6, 2021; New York City, NY, U.S.A.; Ian Garry (red gloves) commemorates after beating Jordan Williams (blue gloves) throughout UFC 268 at Madison Square Garden. Compulsory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Nicknamed “The Future,” [autotag]Ian Garry[/autotag] got here with a great deal of buzz – and a country behind him. Unreasonable or not, the Conor McGregor contrasts were highlighted early. And while it took him a bit of time to start versus Jordan Williams at UFC 268, Garry completed his UFC launching in the very same style McGregor completed his: with a first-round, highlight-reel knockout.
Paddy Pimblett def. Luigi Vendramini by means of TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:25
Couple of launchings in UFC history were more expected than [autotag]Paddy Pimblett[/autotag]’s. After years of buzz around “The Baddy,” Pimblett entered the promo’s cage for the very first time at UFC Battle Night 191. It was not a picture-perfect launching by any methods, as his challenger Luigi Vendramini provided some issues early. Nevertheless, that just made the rally more interesting as Pimblett took another action towards fame with a resurgence TKO in Round 1.
Manon Fiorot def. Victoria Leonardo by means of TKO (head kick and punches) – Round 2, 0:48
It wasn’t a starching or a fancy submission, no. However [autotag]Manon Fiorot[/autotag]’s UFC launching was as total of an efficiency as battle fans saw in 2021. Busting on to the scene as a relative unknown to larger audiences, Fiorot took it to then-recent Dana White’s Contender Series signee Victoria Leonardo at UFC on ESPN 20 – and won the fight via second-round head kick.
Chris Curtis def. Phil Hawes via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:27
Nov 6, 2021; New York, NY, USA; Chris Curtis (blue gloves) defeats Phillip Hawes (red gloves) during UFC 268 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
“Comeback Fighter of the Year”? Maybe. “Breakthrough Fighter of the Year”? Possibly. One of the best debuts of the year? Definitely. [autotag]Chris Curtis[/autotag] retired multiple times before he finally did enough for a UFC contract offer. And at UFC 268, he told the world he’s not going anywhere any time soon. An underdog against Phil Hawes, Curtis finished the fight with punches in Round 1.
Ignacio Bahamondes def. Roosevelt Roberts via knockout (wheel kick) – Round 3, 4:55
It’s quite possible [autotag]Ignacio Bahamondes[/autotag] secured “Knockout of the Year” in his promotional launching. That’s how good his spinning wheel kick against Roosevelt Roberts at UFC on ESPN 29 was. It was a buzzer beater, with five seconds left on the clock – and perhaps one of the most violent knockouts in UFC history.
Alex Pereira def. Andreas Michailidis via TKO (flying knee) – Round 2, 0:18
A world champion kickboxer proved he’s a pretty solid MMA fighter, too, when he made his promotional debut at UFC 268 in November. Alex Pereira, who gained notoriety for a past win over UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, stepped into the UFC cage with just four pro MMA fights under his belt. After a round in which he displayed enough grappling intelligence to avoid being submitted, Pereira landed a devastating flying knee on Andreas Michailidis that sent a shockwave through the UFC middleweight division.
Terrance McKinney def. Matt Frevola via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:07
Jun 12, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Terrance McKinney moves in for a hit against Matt Frevola during UFC 263 at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
It’s tough to come by a quicker finish than [autotag]Terrance McKinney[/autotag]’s promotional debut at UFC 263. In just seven seconds, McKinney stunned his opponent Matt Frevola – and the world – with a brutal knockout sequence. Fans who had stood up to cheer for the battle introductions in Phoenix barely had time to sit down before McKinney unloaded a series of punches that ended the battle seven seconds into Round 1 and skyrocketed his popularity on social media.
Michael Chandler def. Dan Hooker by means of TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:30
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Michael Chandler battles Dan Hooker throughout the UFC 257 event at UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
Taking into account all of the criteria for a good and impactful UFC debut, [autotag]Michael Chandler[/autotag]’s stood out amongst the pack in 2021. Entering the promotion as a former Bellator champion, all eyes were on Chandler as he took on Dan Hooker in the co-main event of the Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier rematch-headlined UFC 257. Against a top contender, Chandler passed a huge test with flying colors when he completed Hooker with strikes at the midway mark of Round 1 – and set himself up for a fracture at the uninhabited light-weight title while doing so.
Respectable points out: Casey O’Neill def. Shana Dobson, Ronnie Lawrence def. Vince Cachero, Jeff Molina def. Qileng Aori, Bruno Silva def. Wellington Turman, Melsik Baghdasaryan, Josiane Nunes def. Bea Malecki, Erin Blanchfield def. Sarah Alpar, Kamuela Kirk def. Makwan Amirkhani, Carlston Harris def. Christian Aguilera, and Lupita Godinez def. Silvana Juarez Gomez.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.