Yorgan De Castro after massive UFC 243 KO: 'If I land, they're going down'

MELBOURNE, Australia – Yorgan De Castro beat Justin Tafa with a one-punch first-round knockout Saturday (Sunday locally) to open the main card at UFC 243 at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

Take a look inside the fight with De Castro, who won his way into the UFC on Dana White’s Contender Series in June.

Result: Yorgan De Castro def. Justin Tafa via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 2:10

Updated records: De Castro (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Tafa (3-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC)

Key stat: De Castro has five of his six career wins by knockout, including four in the first round.

De Castro on the fight’s key moment

“I wish a quick recovery for my opponent. This is my time. I worked for this. I want to thank the UFC. I was expecting three rounds of war, but he came hard at me with his chin open. I knew I just had to time him. I have power, man. If I land, they’re going down.”

De Castro on making the walk for his UFC debut

“When I was walking to the octagon, I just wanted to cry and thank God at the same time. Not many people get to live their dreams. I’m living mine right now.”

De Castro on what he wants next

“I want to fight again in December. I want to fight again soon. Whenever, against whoever — I want to fight.”

To hear more from De Castro, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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