- Jeremiah Wells fought for the first time in the UFC on Saturday.
- Wells survived a guillotine attempt to finish his opponent in thunderous fashion in round two.
- Watch it all unfold right here.
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American fighter Jeremiah Wells bludgeoned his UFC opponent into unconsciousness with merciless punching Saturday at a behind-closed-doors event in Las Vegas.
It was a thunderous finish from a combat athlete who was brought into the match on short notice and said this, alongside his ability to endure a guillotine submission attempt, as proof that he’s a “tough mother-f—er.”
Wells, who had never fought in the big leagues of the UFC before this weekend, smacked Warlley Alves with a heavy right hand after half a minute of the second round.
With Alves on the canvas Wells pounced, sensing the opportunity to close the show for good.
And he did just that as he rammed his fist into his opponent’s face until he was in no fit state to continue.
Watch it right here:
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It was an emphatic victory that Wells will remember, as he only got the call recently to compete at the UFC event inside the Apex.
In a statement sent to Insider, he said: “My manager called me, he told me we got a short notice fight and I was like, ‘Whoever. I want it, let’s go!’
“It wasn’t easy, but we got it done. This is where I want to be and I will take out anyone that gets in my way just to get here, so I can put food on my family’s plate and help my team in any way possible.”
Wells continued: “We worked on the guillotine, because it was his go-to, and I got caught in it. Then I got on my back, I was frustrated, but I’m a black belt, I stayed composed, I got up.
“Once he got me in that guillotine, I still got out. I was like, ‘alright, I’m safe.’ I went into my corner, they told me to be calm, pick my shots, and that’s exactly what I did. I picked my shots and once I let them connect, we put him down.”
Wells, 34, said this shows everyone he’s “a tough mother-f—er.”
Now that he’s been called up to the UFC, he does not want to compete anywhere else, having advanced his pro-MMA record to nine wins (four knockouts, three submissions, and two decisions) against two losses.
“I felt at home. It’s kind of weird, but this is what I’m supposed to do. The beast in me, once I let him out, he just goes ape-s—. Sometimes I can’t even control him.”
Wells wants to return to the Octagon in August and is targeting fight-related performance bonuses.
“I have goals,” he said. “Get bonuses, just break records, shock the world and if the belt falls in my lap in the journey of that, then that’s that. The No.1 goal is just to be great and leave a humongous legacy.”