The preliminary card opener at a UFC event usually is an afterthought, but newcomer Herbert Burns delivered the highlight of the night at UFC Fight Night Raleigh in the card’s first bout.
The 31-year-old Brazilian made quite the first impression in his UFC debut after he knocked out Nate Landwehr with a devastating knee to the face that immediately put Landwehr out cold during a featherweight bout.
OOOOOOOOH MY GOODNESS!
Welcome to the UFC, @HerbertBurnsMMA! 🇧🇷
— UFC (@ufc) January 25, 2020
What a way to kick off the night.
Burns, who had seven submission wins compared to zero knockouts in his professional career coming into the fight, earned a $50,000 “performance of the night” bonus with the devastating knee and made sure fight fans across the globe learned his name.
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