UFC San Diego: Josh Quinlan first-round KO victory vs Jason Witt, video

Welcome to the UFC, Josh Quinlan.

The Hawaii native picked up a stunning knockout victory in his UFC debut, defeating American opponent Jason Witt in the first round of Sunday morning’s catchweight contest in San Diego.

Quinlan needed just over two minutes to send his rival to the canvas, launching a hard, well-directed counter to the left as Witt attacked his body with a kick.

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The 29-year-old initially dived for a follow-up after Witt collapsed to the ground, but thankfully held back from attacking his dazed opponent.

“Sometimes you have to do follow-up punches…you don’t know if he’s going to recover,” Quinlan told reporters after the win.

“Even though he hit the ground, I didn’t know if he was out or not – I didn’t know if he was going to pop up or find his bearings.

“I jumped on him, I was going to throw a few more punches, but I saw he had gone a little soft and the ref called him as well.

“I’m glad I was able to get that restraint, but maybe that’s not the case all the time.

“We’re going there to finish our opponent, and he’s going to finish me, so I want to make sure the job is done.

“We have to go until we’re told to stop, but I’m glad I was able to keep my cool…I’m not trying to hurt people in this, but we’re trying to bring out the best martial arts in each other.”

Quinlan, who appeared on Dana White’s Contender Seriesimproves his professional record to 6-0 (1 NC), with all of his wins coming by knockout or submission.

Witt, meanwhile, suffered a second straight loss, falling to 2-4 in the UFC.

Later on the UFC San Diego card, featherweight fighter Nate Landwehr defeated David Onama by majority decision (29-27 x 2, 28-28) in a thrilling slugfest.

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