- Chan Sung Jung holds the record with 7 seconds.
- Conor McGregor is third on this list.
Conor McGregor’s rise in the UFC has helped the featherweight division reach a new level of popularity. This also opened opportunities for fans to place bets on different UFC odds. Besides the ‘’Notorious’’ Irishman, other stars raised the bar in the 145-pound division, such as Jose Aldo, Max Holloway and Alexander Volkanovski, who are regular names in UFC betting.
But aside from these aforementioned superstars, impressive wins and finishes made the weight class even more exciting. Today, we will dive into the top five fastest finishes in the division’s history.
Chan Sung Jung vs. Mark Hominick – 7 Seconds
After a successful UFC debut in March 2011, where he exacted revenge over Leonard Garcia and submitted him in the second round of their rematch, Chan Sung Jung, also known as the Korean Zombie, was pitted against Mark Hominick. Hominick was still fresh off his title defeat from Jose Aldo via unanimous decision but was considered one of the top featherweights then.
Hominick immediately went on attack mode from the opening bell by throwing an overhand left hook. Unfortunately, he missed badly and was out of balance, to which Chan Sung Jung countered perfectly with a straight right hand which knocked him down. The Korean Zombie followed it up with ground-and-pound punches to close the match in just seven seconds.
Makwan Amirkhani vs. Andy Ogle – 8 Seconds
In January 2015, Andy Ogle was tasked to welcome Makwan Amirkhani to the UFC in a featherweight bout. During this stretch, Ogle was riding a three-fight slump and lost three of his four UFC matches. Little did he know that Amirkhani would give him his fourth successive loss and a recipient of the second-fastest finish in the division’s history.
‘’Mr.Finland’’ came out hot from the opening bell and rushed to Ogle with a thunderous flying knee which landed on his body and folded him instantly. Amirkhani continued his aggression and landed an uppercut which eventually opened the opportunity to pour down the punches that ended the fight in just eight seconds.
Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo – 13 Seconds
One of the most anticipated featherweight title matches in UFC’s history was between Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo, which happened in December 2015. Aldo came into the fight with nine successful title defenses, while McGregor has six consecutive victories, including his interim title triumph over Chad Mendes.
McGregor immediately took the center of the Octagon and put pressure on him. But Aldo made a massive mistake of fainting and moving forward simultaneously, which McGregor capitalized fully by swinging his patented left hook that landed on the champion’s chin. It planted ‘’Junior’s’’ face on the canvas and the ‘’Notorious’’ finished the fight with two more hammer fist strikes. It all happened in just 13 seconds.
Maximo Blanco vs. Mike de la Torre – 16 Seconds
Maximo Blanco’s 16-second finish of Mike de la Torre in July 2015 may be the fourth-fastest finish in the history of the featherweight division. Still, it came with a controversial decision from the referee, as de la Torre thought it was a premature stoppage as he was still conscious and able to fight.
The Venezuelan fighter connected with a powerful straight right-hand punch on the chin of Mike da la Torre that knocked him down. Blanco followed it up with two more punches to prompt the referee to interfere and stop the fight. However, de la Torre quickly protested, but it was too late as Blanco had already bagged the victory.
Dooho Choi vs. Juan Manuel Puig – 18 Seconds
The fifth fastest finish in UFC’s featherweight division belongs to Dooho Choi, also known as the ‘’Korean Superboy.’’ With an outstanding record of 11 wins and only one defeat, Choi was signed by the UFC in 2014 and was scheduled to meet Juan Puig in his debut under the promotion. The young fighter didn’t disappoint and delivered a memorable match that would eventually have a place in the record books.
Choi didn’t succumb to Puig’s early pressure and instead set up a picture-perfect counter right punch straight to his chin that instantly lost his equilibrium. Before Puig even recovered from that vicious punch from Choi, the young Korean star pounded him with punches on the ground, which prompted the referee to step in and call the end of the fight. The fight only lasted for 18 seconds.
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