Josh Quinlan’s UFC tenure got off to a rocky start after testing positive for a steroid metabolite, but he got back into good graces with a wild debut.
Quinlan and Jason Witt fought on the prelims of UFC San Diego on Saturday. It was a matchup that was supposed to take place at UFC Vegas 59 last weekend but had to be pushed back after Quinlan wasn’t cleared to fight following his positive test.
After the fight got moved, Quinlan made the most of his long-awaited UFC debut with a first-round knockout of Witt. He weaved through Witt’s strikes before landing a big left hook that slept him.
Watch Quinlan get the knockout blow.
MMA Twitter Praises Josh Quinlan After Brutal Knockout Over Jason Witt
Check out what MMA fighters and personalities had to say about Quinlan’s victory.
Quinlan earned a shot in the UFC following a win on Dana White‘s Contender Series last September over Logan Urban. The victory was later overturned to a no-contest after he tested positive for a performance enhancer.
Prior to arriving in the UFC, Quinlan earned wins during stints in LFA and Fierce FC. He is now an undefeated 6-0 in his professional career.