Australian Jamie Mullarkey celebrates UFC 260 knockout of Khama Worthy - Photo: @UFC on twitter

Australia's Jamie Mullarkey has opened the main card of UFC 260 with a spectacular first round knockout of Khama Worthy.

Australian Jamie Mullarkey has started off the UFC 260 main card in emphatic fashion with a 46 second knockout of Khama ‘Death Star’ Worthy.

After a short feeling out process in which both fighters exchanged jabs, Mullarkey capitalised on an opening created by a circling Worthy in which he landed a heavy lead left hook.

The blow left Worthy on wobbly legs and when he eventually dropped to the canvas, Mullarkey followed up with ground and pound strikes that merely put an exclamation mark on the performance.

Speaking to Joe Rogan in the post-fight interview, the 26 year-old was incredibly excited with what was his first win in the promotion.

“It feels unbelievable. We worked so hard for this fight. I’m so happy I finally got to showcase my skills”, he said.

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What makes the win all the more special is that this could have conceivably been Mullarkey’s last chance with the promotion.

After back to back decision losses to Brad Riddell and Fares Ziam to start his run in the UFC, a third straight loss could have resulted in release.

Such a situation is made all the more real by the circumstances of the post-COVID world in which big names like Alistair Overeem and Junior dos Santos have parted ways with the company.

Mullarkey recognised that the style of his opponent and the hard work put in with coaches allowed him to land the left hook that has all but guaranteed his future with the UFC.

“I’m glad I had an opponent that come and fight me this time. Khama’s game,” he said.

“That’s a shout out to my man Ross Pearson, back home. The inside boxing is his game.”

Earlier in the night, New Zealand’s Shane Young suffered his second straight defeat in a gruelling decision loss to Venezuela’s Omar Morales, 30-27 on all three scorecards.

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