Heavyweight Chris Barnett delivers jaw-dropping wheel kick knockout at UFC 268

Heavyweight fighter Chris Barnett delivered a magnificent wheel kick knockout against Gian Villante on the undercard of UFC 268.

The vibrant Barnett took in the electric atmosphere at Madison Square Garden as he danced his way to the octagon, backing up his moves in the cage.

Barnett was digging away at the midsection and legs of Villante in the first round with heavy kicks.

In the second round, Barnett opened up with spinning jump kick that missed the target but got a good reception from the New York crowd.

Shortly after Barnett spun for a wheel kick that landed on the chin of Villante and sent him crashing to the mat.

‘Beastboy’ wasted no time following up with ground and pound until referee Dan Miragliotta stopped the fought

Barnett proceeded to frontflip to his backside, celebrating in joy after picking up his first UFC win.

“My f****** heel is killing me. My man has got the head of a cinder block. My foot is on fire right now,” he said in his post-fight interview.

“That’s taekwondo 101, my pops showed me that right there. Fake the round, go ahead come with the hook.”

Villante announced his retirement from fighting before facing Barnett.

The journeyman has been fighting for the UFC since 2013, going 7-11 during that time.

Numerous setbacks at 205-pounds against the likes of Mauricio Rua and Michal Oleksiejczuk saw Villante move up to heavyweight last year.

But the New Yorker’s bid in his new weight class didn’t go as planned, losing to Maurice Greene, Jake Collier, and now Barnett.

The taekwondo specialist Barnett showed selflessness after his win and urged the New York crowd to cheer for his opponent.

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“My man right here, two-week old (child) at home. He’s about to retire. Excellent football coach. Another son that’s 22-months (old),” he said of Villante.

“This is his town, his place. Y’all stand up and cheer for my man. This might have be his last one, but this ain’t it.

“He gonna be riding with me from now on. Y’all hear me? Cheers for this man. Stand up New York!”

Barnett made his UFC debut in May, losing to veteran Ben Rothwell by second-round submission.

The Spanish-born heavyweight – who holds a professional record of 21-7 – fought for promotions such as UAE Warriors and Rizin before being signed to the UFC.

And Barnett revealed he has been practicing the fight-ending move since he was eight years old.

“It’s weird. We worked on a lot of movement, different things. But that’s a kick I’ve been throwing since state taekwondo when I was eight years old,” he said at the post-fight press conference.

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