Kevin Croom took just 31 seconds to submit Roosevelt Roberts at a Fight Night in Las Vegas, making history for the fastest ever finish by a lightweight debutant in the UFC.
Croom has fought in Bellator and Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA), but made a bang on his introduction to the UFC as he wasted no time dismantling his opponent.
A vicious left hook floored Roberts 16 seconds into the fight and Croom secured top position before Roberts worked his way back onto his feet.
But Croom tightened his grip in a guillotine choke and dragged his rival down to the canvas, then against the cage, forcing Roberts to tap out.
Croom’s effort was a highlight of a preliminary card filled with early finishes. Sabina Mazo defeated Justine Kish in the third round via a rear-naked choke, Jalin Turner submitted Brok Weaver in the second round of their fight and Alexander Romanov’s arm triangle took care of Roque Martinez.
The main event showdown between Michelle Waterson and Angela Hill proved both fighters deserved to be featured at the top of the card as they went to war in a five-round slugfest.
In a fight where both fighters landed a staggering number of punches and kicks, Waterson was awarded a controversial victory via a split judges’ decision.
Hill was visibly furious when the judges’ scores were read out and Waterson was awarded the win.
Hill left the Octagon as soon as result was made official and looked completely devastated as Waterson celebrated with her team.
Michelle Waterson defeated Angela Hill via split decision (49-46, 47-48, 48-47)
Ottman Azaitar defeated Khama Worthy via TKO (R1 1:33)
Roxanne Modafferi defeated Andrea Lee via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
Ed Herman defeated Mike Rodriguez via submission (R3, 2:41)
Bobby Green defeated Alan Patrick via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
Billy Quarantillo defeated Kyle Nelson via TKO (R3, 0:07)
Sijara Eubanks defeated Julia Avila via unanimous decision (29-27 x 3)
Kevin Croom defeated Roosevelt Roberts via submission (R1, 0:31)
Alexander Romanov defeated Roque Martinez via submission (R2, 4:22)
Jalin Turner defeated Brok Weaver via submission (R2, 4:20)
Bryan Barberena defeated Anthony Ivy via unanimous decision (30-27 x 2, 29-28)
Sabina Mazo defeated Justine Kish via submission (R3, 3:57)