Ismael Bonfim happy to fight on same UFC shows as brother if the wins keep coming

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RIO DE JANEIRO – Ismael Bonfim beat Terrance McKinney with a second-round knockout Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC 283 at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro.

Take a look inside the fight with Bonfim, who won his official UFC debut with an early candidate for Knockout of the Year ahead of his brother’s win in his promotional debut, as well.

Ismael Bonfim vs. Terrance McKinney

Jan 21, 2023; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Ismael Bonfim (red gloves) reacts after the fight against Terrance McKinney (blue gloves) during UFC 283 at Jeunesse Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason da Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Result: Ismael Bonfim def. Terrance McKinney via knockout (knee) – Round 2, 2:17
Updated records: Bonfim (19-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC), McKinney (13-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC)
Key stat: Bonfim landed 72 percent of his strikes on the way to the brutal knockout finish.

Bonfim on the fight’s key moment

Jan 21, 2023; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Ismael Bonfim (red gloves) fights Terrance McKinney (blue gloves) during UFC 283 at Jeunesse Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason da Silva-USA TODAY Sports

“The strategy was to take him down early in the fight, tire him out, then look for the submission. Then I saw the opening for the knee, and I’m happy I was able to do that.”

Bonfim on fighting on the same card as his brother

Jan 21, 2023; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Ismael Bonfim (red gloves) fights Terrance McKinney (blue gloves) during UFC 283 at Jeunesse Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason da Silva-USA TODAY Sports

“We’ve been fighting on the same card for the past five fights, so we’re used to it. Our head coach asked us if we want to keep fighting on the same card. We said yeah. If you can put us on the same card, we’re happy to do it.”

Bonfim on what he wants next

“We want to be back fighting as quick as possible. We’re going to go back home, talk to our manager, (and) see what’s coming up. We’re healthy – no injuries – so we just want to get back out there as quickly as possible.”

To hear more from Bonfim, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.

For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for UFC 283.

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