Until yesterday, A Welshman had never stepped foot inside the UFC octagon.
Last night in Belfast, this changed as Jack Marshman and Brett Johns made the walk on the big show for the first time.
Marshman and Johns made good on their UFC debut, both picking up solid wins on the preliminary portion of the card at UFC Fight Night 99 in Belfast.
Swansea’s Johns made history becoming the first Welshman to win a UFC bout by defeating South Korean Kwan Ho Kwak via dominant unanimous decision.
“All of my fights get tough but I just dug deep and got another win,” said Johns.
“I’ve got a good team, a good family behind me who support me all the way and I’m very thankful.”
Marshman, the first fighter from Wales signed to the UFC, earned a comeback TKO win against Magnus Cedenblad. Following a tough first round on the mat for the former Cage Warriors champion, Marshman’s boxing looked sharp with hard knockdowns in both rounds of the contest.
“You can’t get much of a better feeling than I’ve got right now. I’m ecstatic,” Marshman said.
“I’m sure the UFC must be thinking ‘Look at the Welsh guys coming in and getting two wins.”
With the UFC holding events in England, Scotland and Ireland over the past few years, surely it won’t be too long before Marshman and Johns force the UFC to host a show in Wales in the near future.