Bryan Battle scored one of the most brutal head kick knockouts in recent memory against Takashi Sato at UFC on ESPN 40.

Battle (8-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), “The Ultimate Fighter 29” middleweight winner,

dropped down to welterweight and had a sensational debut.

He landed the perfect head kick on Sato (16-6 MMA, 2-3 UFC)

just 44 seconds into their bout on Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

After the win, Battle said he felt the head kick was something he could connect with on Sato

who hasn’t been finished with strikes since 2015 – inside the octagon.

It’s crazy,” Battle said in his post-fight interview with Michael Bisping.

“It’s something that we saw, it’s something we anticipated.