PARIS – Cristian Quinonez’ win at UFC Fight Night 209 was quick, but he didn’t come out unscathed.
Quinonez (17-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) scored a first-round TKO win over Khalid Taha this past Saturday at Accor Arena.
It was a near-flawless performance from the Dana White’s Contender Series graduate,
, whose main takeaway from the fight was simple.
“An obvious one is to close my fist better,
, because I broke it,” Quinonez told reporters through an interpreter.
“After that I need to see the fight and of course I will learn and make adjustments.”
He continued, “I feel very complete, because it was my goal. I knew when I first stepped in the cage,
I’m going to start being a problem in the division.”
Quinonez took the fight on less than two weeks’ notice after
Tala’s original opponent, Taylor Lapilus, had to withdraw. The Mexican fighter was last