ALJAMAIN STERLING went stiff as a board as he toppled on to the canvas after consuming a perfectly-timed flush blow to the chin.
It took simply 67 seconds for Marlon Moraes to take out his opponent in what is going to inevitably function on many knockout of the yr lists.
The 28-year-old New Yorker was making an attempt a takedown when the Brazilian unleashed a deadly knee to the chin.
The blast immediately switched off “Funk Grasp’s” lights for his first KO defeat.
Sterling crunched up and toppled onto the canvas frozen stiff.
The referee furiously waved the competition off and summoned medical workers as substitute fighter Moraes celebrated his 20th win.
Docs tended to Sterling for a number of minutes contained in the Octagon on the UFC occasion in California whereas Moraes carried out his post-fight interview outdoors.
He was then transported to an area hospital for “precautionary measures.”
Afterward’s Sterling posted on Twitter: “Hats off to Marlon. Thought I timed the TD completely and he was capable of land a nasty knee.
“Sucks to be the nail, however that is the combat sport. I’m OK for all these asking.”
Moraes also took to Twitter in support of his opponent.
He wrote: “Thank God for the win but way more importantly praying that Aljamain is fine and 100% healthy!
“This game is nothing compared to our health.
“[Much] respect for him and his amazing team.”
Fans at the fight posted on social media, one wrote: “I’m here now. They dimmed the one side of the cage and had the decision against the cage at an angle where it wouldn’t be on TV.”
While another said: “That knee froze sterling in time. He stiffened out with his eyes open.”