Watch Zhang Mingyang put Brendson Ribeiro out in UFC debut (Video)

  • Zhang Mingyang's UFC debut lasted just inside of a round at UFC 298
  • He finished Brendson Ribeiro with an insane knockout
  • Watch the moment right here
Zhang Mingyang celebrates his KO victory against Brendson Ribeiro
Zhang Mingyang celebrates his KO victory against Brendson Ribeiro / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

UFC light heavyweight prospect Zhang Mingyang sent the Anaheim crowd into a frenzy with a wild knockout in his promotional debut.

Mingyang faced fellow debutee Brendson Ribeiro on the UFC 298 preliminary card. It was a chess match in the opening minute of the fight with both light heavyweights having their moments with their striking.

After briefly protesting a possible eye poke by Ribeiro, Mingyang landed a fight-ending left hook to earn a triumphant UFC debut.

Zhang Mingyang shines at UFC 298 with one-punch KO

Watch Mingyang get the finish below.

Mingyang isn't lacking confidence after the biggest win of his fighting career. He called for a big money fight for his second UFC appearance during his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan.

Here's what MMA Twitter had to say about Mingyang's statement win.

Mingyang is the first Chinese light heavyweight or heavyweight fighter to earn a win in the UFC Octagon. This was also his first fight in almost two years after earning a shot in the UFC via 'Road to UFC' in 2022.

Mingyang has won 10 consecutive fights since Oct. 2019. Before making his way to the UFC Octagon, he enjoyed successful stints in Huya FC and WLF W.A.R.S.

Mingyang attracted the UFC's attention when he won the then-vacant WLF MMA heavyweight tournament championship in Jan. 2021. During his current streak, every one of Mingyang's wins has come by first-round stoppage.

Mingyang's up-and-down early start to his career has been followed up by a dominant run in MMA. He's one of the top Chinese-born prospects in UFC history and figures to potentially get a quick push up the light heavyweight ranks.

Zhang Weili, Yan Xiaonan, Song Yadong, and Mingyang are a new breed of Chinese MMA fighters. Like his UFC predecessors, he'll look to potentially earn his way into the title picture in the coming years.

Follow along with all the latest UFC 298 live results and highlights here.

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