As far as UFC debuts go, you couldn't really do much better than #NikoPrice.
Despite heading into his #UFC207 bout with Brandon Thatch as a slight underdog, the undefeated American Top Team product made short work of the rangy striker, taking him to the mat early and often before locking in a fight-ending arm-triangle with just 30 seconds left in the opening round.
As if he wasn't already flying high enough, Price then received an arguably even greater gift when he was promoted to the rank of brown belt by his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coach righ then and there. It was an experience he could only call "amazing" when speaking with reporters following the big win.
"It was amazing. Nine-and-a-half years to get this, you know?" said a belated Price.
"When you're not consistent with the gi, you don't get 'em as quick. Cause I put all my time into MMA, but it paid off because I used what I learned there in the cage and got the victory."
Somewhat contrarily, Price followed up by stating that his original intention was to knock Thatch out, but after feeling his power, decided that a grappling based gameplan might be a better option.
Whatever works, as they say.