Highly touted Chinese prospect Harishaer Maheshate has claimed a highlight-reel victory in his UFC 275 debut performance.
Maheshate, who now climbs to 7-1 in his professional career, weathered an all-action brawl in the opening minute of his prelim bout opposite Steve Garcia. The pair of knock-out artists traded heavy blows back and forth – with each facing their share of danger in those 60 seconds.
It was the 22-year-old from Sechuan, China, though, who landed the finishing blow – a perfectly timed counter right hand that caught the more experienced Garcia as he was rushing in, that left the American motionless on the ground for some time.
“I anticipated I would win by knockout, and I did that for myself,” he told media members at his post-fight press conference.
As the underdog coming in to the Singapore event, Maheshate proved he’s ready to compete on a world stage – whit that victory adding further to the hype surrounding the young powerhouse.
As for when we can to see him back inside the Octagon, the lightweight standout claimed he’s hoping for a quick turn-around, and isn’t fussed who gets put in front of him while he climbs the divisional ladder.
“I hope I can come back on the October Abu Dhabi fight.”
“I’m not thinking about [an opponent] yet – I will think about that after getting [a ranking]”