MATT Hallam is making a name for himself in the cage fighting scene – after starting his career with three quickfire knockouts.
The 33-year-old Bostonian needed just 15 seconds to see off opponent Chris Kernaghan in the Made 4 The Cage 6 promotion 11 days ago.
Fighting in Sunderland, Hallam set himself a target of winning within two rounds against a fighter with a background in wrestling.
But with a head kick, followed by furious flurry of combination punches, the bout was over in seconds.
“It’s a brilliant feeling,” Hallam told The Standard.
“I just wish I could do it more. I can’t wait for my next fight to come.
“I thought it was going to be a difficult fight, but to knock him out in 15 seconds was great.
“It was a brilliant way to finish.”
Despite hoping to use the fight as a test of his stamina, Hallam hopes the swift victory – his third in mixed martial arts – will turn heads in the sport.
“I thought this guy would be more of a test as he was a wrestler and I wanted to try myself against that,” he added.
“But I put him away early.
“Now I want to get involved on a bigger show.
“The crowd loved it. They go there to watch good fights.
“I may have only been in there for 15 seconds, but the crowd’s response to the way I won was great.
“I think they were entertained by how it finished.”
Hallam now hopes a few more early victories will set him on the road to fulfilling his dream, a bout with BAMMA, Britain’s biggest and best-known promotion.
Hallam has a background in martial arts, taking up kung fu aged 12.
He then moved on to further disciplines, including kickboxing and boxing.
Now he is also brushing up on his ju-jitsu and submission wrestling skills as he trains alongside some of mixed martial arts’ top names - including UFC stars Dan ‘The Outlaw’ Hardy and Ross Pearson - with Nottingham’s Team Rough House/Team Wallhead.
Hallam, a middleweight (75-84 kilos) fighter, made his cage debut in September last year.
In an amateur bout, he stopped Sebastian Kolenderski in just 10 seconds, after dropping him to the canvas with a knee, before unleashing a volley of punches which saw the contest ended.
In November, his second bout was a professional show with Fight UK MMA.
The clash was screened on Sky Sports and he defeated Dan ‘the Warrior’ Watkins in 1 min 22 secs.