John “The Welsh Wrecking Machine” Phillips, 34, of Swansea, Wales was one of the winners at “UFC Fight Night 160.” It was the Welsh mixed martial artist’s first victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The UFC held “UFC Fight Night 160,” also known as “UFC on ESPN+ 18,” at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark. The fight card featured 13 MMA bouts.
In the seventh bout of the evening, Phillips fought Alen Amedovski, 31, of Zentar Zupa, Macedonia in the middleweight division. Neil Hall served as the referee.
Hall put a stop to the middleweight contest after 17 seconds in the first round. Phillips knocked out Amedovski via punches.
This is the now the third fastest finish in the history of the middleweight division of the UFC. The fastest is 10 seconds by Mark Weir at “UFC 38” followed by 14 seconds by Terry Martin at “UFC 67.”
It was a redemptive win for Phillips, who was coming out of three consecutive losses in the UFC. Winning at “UFC Fight Night 160” improved his professional MMA record to 22 wins, 9 losses, 0 draw and 1 No Contest.
On the other hand, Amedovski now has 8 wins and 2 losses. He is now riding a two-bout losing streak.
“UFC Fight Night 160” marked Phillips’s fourth UFC bout. It was Amedovski’s second bout in the promotion.
Including Macedonia and Wales, 16 countries were represented at “UFC Fight Night 160.” The others were Afghanistan, Austria, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Georgia, Iceland, Italy, Moldova, Poland, Sweden, the Untied States and Uzbekistan.
Amedovski solely represented Macedonia. Philipps was one of the two representatives of Wales.
Here is Philipps discussing his first ever win in the UFC: