Abdul Razak AlHassan picked up his win bonus for UFC 218 with a win over Sabah Homasi, but it probably wasn't in the manner in which he wanted.
After a violent, exciting back-and-forth fight between AlHassan and Homasi, referee Herb Dean thought that Homasi was knocked out after a punch dropped him. Dean stepped in and stopped the fight, something that Homasi immediately stood up and protested.
You can see an excerpt from the fight in our Fightful live coverage below.
Round One: The round begins with Homasi attacking Alhassan with some leg kicks followed by a right, Homasi then cracks Alhassan with a two punch combination. Alhassan cracks a swinging Homasi with a counter right, Alhassan follows Homasi around the cage while landing rights and uppercuts. Alhassan grabs Homasi and he holds him against the cage wall, the fighters separate after Alhassan lands a few more strikes. Homasi attacks Alhassan with knee strikes and uppercuts, Homasi scores a takedown on Alhassan and he lands multiple elbow strikes on the ground. Alhassan scrambles to his feet and he holds Homasi against the cage wall, Alhassan charges at Homasi while just swinging wildly at him. The fighters clinch and Homasi nails Alhassan with knee strikes, Alhassan scores a takedown on Homasi and Homasi gets back up. The fighters briefly separate and have a wild striking exchange, Alhassan drops Homasi during the exchange and the referee jumps in.
Official Result: Abdul Razak Alhassan def. Sabah Homasi by TKO via strikes (4:21, R1)
After the fight, AlHassan apologized to the crowd and said that wasn't how he wanted to win. He would also speak to Fightful.com cameras following the bout about his impression on Africa and MMA
"I'm an African guy. Kamaru (Usman) is my brother, he's been going up to the world and putting Africa on the map and showing we were meant to do this. We have those fighting instincts inside us, we want to take everyone's heads off. I want to fight more often because the more time you take off the more you feel like you're rusty," said AlHassan before saying he wants "coke" after the fight (not cocaine, which he humorously specified).