Head kick knockouts seem to be en vogue at the moment. Just days removed from Jon Jones’ thunderous UFC 214 head kick of Daniel Cormier (which was followed up with a strafing of ground-and-pound), Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series produced yet another violent head kick finish. This highlight-reel finish was authored by Julian Marquez. His victim was two-time World Series of Fighting veteran and Jackson’s MMA product Phil Hawes.
See Marquez’ jaw-rattling KO below:
— Daniel McCarthy (@dmccarthy_ny) August 2, 2017
Unsurprisingly, this thunderous knockout generated some pretty wild reactions from UFC President Dana White and matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard, who sat cage-side during the fight. See their reactions below:
— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) August 2, 2017
With this knockout, Marquez earned himself a UFC contract. The two-time Bellator veteran will enter the UFC on a four-fight win-streak, highlighted by a first-round TKO over UFC veteran Matt Hamill, which occurred under the Combate Americas banner. At 27 years old, Marquez is 6-1 as a professional.
What do you think of Julian Marquez’s epic knockout on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series? How do you think the new UFC fighter will do inside the Octagon? Join the conversation in the comments section.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 8/2/2017.