'Holy hell': UFC world in shock over 'sickening' head-kick KO

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Abdul Razak Alhassan, pictured here recording the fastest head-kick KO in UFC history.
Abdul Razak Alhassan recorded the fastest head-kick KO in UFC history. Image: UFC/Getty

Abdul Alhassan has stunned the UFC with the fastest head-kick knockout in the promotion's history.

It took the Ghanaian star just 17 seconds to join an elite class of fighters on Saturday night at UFC Vegas 35.

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Alhassan landed a monstrous kick straight to Alessio Di Chirico’s head to complete a knockout win in 17 seconds.

It made Alhassan just the seventh fighter in UFC history to bank at least three knockouts in less than a minute in his career.

It also marked the fastest KO via head-kick in the UFC's history.

UFC fans and commentators were in absolute awe.

“When I talk about a terrifying man, I tell ya," Paul Felder said in commentary, calling it “one of the craziest head kicks I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Michael Bisping added: “That’s what I call a sickening thud.”

Reporter Adam Martin tweeted: “OMG! Abdul Razak Alhassan just KOed Alessio Di Chirico with a head kick in the first 10 seconds. Holy crap!”

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Abdul Alhassan snaps three-fight losing streak

Di Chirico has now lost four of his last five bouts dating back to a 2019 loss to Kevin Holland.

His lone win came in January this year when he knocked out Joaquin Buckley in the first round.

Alhassan now has 11 first-round knockouts in his career.

The win also snapped a three-fight losing streak for the Ghanaian, who was coming off a loss to Jacob Malkoun in April.

Abdul Razak Alhassan, pictured here celebrating his knockout victory over Alessio Di Chirico.
Abdul Razak Alhassan celebrates after his knockout victory over Alessio Di Chirico. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

“I can’t wait to talk to him," Alhassan said about his son after the fight.

"He watched my last few fights and when I got home, the first thing he told me was ‘daddy, you have to stop losing and you have to start winning’.

“It hurts me really bad but at the same time I know he’s coming from a good place. I can’t wait to call him later and let him know daddy won.”

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