Was there a better way to introduce yourself on the professional scene than this?

Tyson Claxton, who was making his pro debut at Bellator 186, came up against Jonny Bonilla-Bowman on Friday night and within 90 seconds the 24-year-old featherweight landed an incredible flying knee kick. No really, it was something else.

The kick completely KO’d Bowman and as he lay unconscious, Claxton celebrated by climbing on the cage with his arm aloft.

Now this is how you start an MMA career. INSANE!

It took almost two minutes for Jonny Bonilla-Bowman to return to his corner. He also needed help to leave the cage as the flying knee kick took it’s toll on the Featherweight.

Claxton, who was a 7-0 (amateur), called out Aaron Pico after announcing that he was moving to Bellator MMA. Pico lost his proffesional debut to Zach Freeman in under 30 seconds, and Claxton called out the 21-year-old on social media:

“One, I got beaters, and he has no chin,” Claxton told FloCombat earlier this month.

“So if I touch him one time, it’s over. It’s not a matter of ‘if’ I touch him. It’s ‘when’ I touch him. That’s a fight that I can go out there and try new moves. That’s like a little brother fight. I can put my hand on his head and let him swing a couple times and touch him on the chin.”

“Even the guy who beat Pico [Freeman], hell, if you want to throw me on the main card, I will starch his ass in less than 24 seconds. I’ll starch the guy that beat Pico. I’ll make my pro debut against a guy that’s 10-2, 10-3, whatever that guy’s record is. I’m not worried about it..”

Well, it looks like Aaron Pico dodged a bullet after watching that ridiculous flying knee.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He’s interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.


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