Japan’s Yusaku Kinoshita makes history with TKO, UFC contract



Yusaku Kinoshita ended Dana White’s Contender 52 series in style.

In Tuesday’s DWCS 52 main event at the UFC Apex, Kinoshita (6-1) put down and finished 6’5″ welterweight opponent Jose Henrique (5-1) with punches to end into combat at 0:43 of Round 3.

After a competitive and punch-heavy first two rounds, Kinoshita continued to throw tedders at the start of round 3. After a peek and seconds of stoppage in the round, a hellish left hand from the Japanese fighter slammed his head of his lanky adversary. The blow dropped Henrique to the canvas and Kinoshita opted to hammer.

While Henrique survived complete unconsciousness, poor defense caused referee Jason Herzog to dive. Henrique was unhappy with the stoppage, as commission officials and cage doctors treated him.

The DWCS 52 headliner sent UFC President Dana White and matchmaker Sean Shelby to their feet.

After the fight, Kinoshita revealed that he injured his leg from a kick in the second round, but fought for the win.

With the win, Kinoshita became the first fighter in DWCS history to earn a UFC contract. He extended his winning streak to two and kept his perfect finish rate in wins intact. His only professional defeat came in 2021 when he grabbed the cage and was disqualified.

As for Henrique, he loses for the first time in professional.

Full DWCS 52 results include:

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