CODY GARBRANDT was brutally knocked out by Kai Kara-France in his eagerly-anticipated flyweight debut.
The former men's bantamweight champion made his 125lb bow early on Sunday morning on a stacked UFC 269 card in Las Vegas.
Garbrandt had hoped to earn a crack at the flyweight strap with a nasty KO victory over Kiwi killer Kara-France.
But No Love ended up being added to the City Kickboxing standout's highlight reel in less than three minutes.
After his statement-making victory, the soft-spoken and humble Kara-France called for his crack at the winner of Brandon Moreno's upcoming title defence against Deiveson Figueiredo.
He said: "I know I'm the best in the world and taking out a former champ just puts me right in line for the title shot!"
There was no touch of gloves from the pair, who ramped up their trash talk in the pre-fight press conference, after the contest got underway.
Garbrandt looked fast as he operated on the outside, landing a couple of good calf kicks.
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It took Kara-France a while to throw anything of note other than a couple of tame leg kicks.
But the bout exploded into life after a brief flurry of punches from both men.
The diminutive Kara-France dropped Garbrandt with a huge overhand right, although the former bantamweight champ quickly rose to his feet.
But he was soon felled by another right hand as he circled away, prompting serious concern from his corner.
Garbrandt somehow managed to get back to his feet and egged the advancing Kara-France on.
Kara-France was well and truly baited by the call as Garbrandt beautifully level changed and took him down.
But pocket rocket Kara-France popped right back up and began stalking his wounded prey.
And a huge uppercut from the CKB 125-pounder signalled the beginning of the end for Garbrandt, who lost all his senses and ate several more strikes before referee Herb Dean called a halt to proceedings.
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