UFC free fight: Michael Chandler knocks out Tony Ferguson with brutal front kick

Michael Chandler delivered one of the greatest knockouts in UFC history against Tony Ferguson.

Chandler’s explosive power was on full display when he faced Ferguson at UFC 274 in May.

Round 1 saw Chandler getting dropped by a Ferguson left hook in the opening minutes. Ferguson tried to swarm Chandler, but Chandler was able to recover. Ferguson kept throwing heat, but Chandler surprised him with a perfectly timed double-leg takedown. Ferguson cut Chandler with an elbow from bottom, and continuously threw up submission attempts.

Just when it looked like the Ferguson of old was shining through, he was blasted with a front kick by Chandler just 17 seconds into Round 2 which knocked him out cold. In 32 professional fights, Ferguson had never had his lights shut out like that.

Chandler (23-7 MMA, 2-2 UFC) returns to action on Nov. 12 when he faces former interim champion Dustin Poirier (28-7 MMA, 20-6 UFC) on the main card of UFC 281, which takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Before he faces Poirier, relive Chandler’s finish of Ferguson in the video above.

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Story originally appeared on MMA Junkie