SINGAPORE- It was short, brutal and decisive and left Syafiq "The Slasher" Abdul Samad hoping he can rebuild his mixed martial arts (MMA) career.
The 20-year-old Juggernaut Fight Club instructor was knocked out cold by South Korea's Hwang Gyo Pyung after just 42 seconds of their lightweight contest on Rebel Fighting Championship's inaugural bill at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
"I was trying to close in and got hit by something but I don't really know what happened," said Syafiq of Hwang's flying knee to the jaw that detached him from his senses in the co-main event of a 12-fight card.
"I tried my best. I feel bad that I let down people who came out to support me, because they gave me a really good reception.
"I felt great in there, Hwang was smiling at me and then it was all over.
"I'm going to take a break and then get back in the gym to try and work out a few things."
It was the Republic Polytechnic student's first defeat in three professional MMA contests although his young age - and the rare nature of his defeat - left others confident that he will be able to return in style.