Maheshate is clearly an exciting talent. The Chinese lightweight received a $50,000 USD performance bonus for his first round knockout of Steve Garcia at UFC 275 in Singapore. It was an impressive promotional debut from the 22-year-old who came to attention on Dana White’s Contender Series last year.

The up-and-coming star won that bout by decision but saved the fireworks for the big show as he starched his opponent with a counter right hand. After scoring his fourth career knockout and extending his record to 9-1, the Chengdu-born fighter laid down his ambitions at 155lbs

“This is a really good start. My purpose is clear – I’m coming for the belt but I’m in no rush. I will achieve this step by step.”

Training trip

The WLF veteran usually trains in his homeland but spent time preparing for this fight in Indonesia.

“I’m very happy and very excited but I really want to my team Enbo Fight Club and UFC Shanghai for all their help and also I prepared for this fight at Bali MMA so I really want to thank them as well,” he said after the fight.

Maheshate is clearly confident in his ability and pointed out that his Lion City stoppage was something he foresaw,

“Just like I said in my interview I will use my overhand right to finish the fight and I did it,” he said.


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Second chance

Maheshate said he didn’t take advantage of the first opportunity but when Garcia left himself open for a knockout blow the second time the 22 year old did not hesitate,

“Actually, he did it once before, so I was waiting for the second time and once he did it the second time I used the chance to knock him out.”

The youngster was clearly over the moon to get his first-ever UFC victory, and he made sure to tick a classic celebration off of his bucket list in the wake of the knockout,

“I’ve thought about this before because people are getting in the UFC so I’ve thought about getting on the top of the cage so I was thinking if I get this win, I will climb on top of the cage so that’s going to be a memory of a lifetime.”