Mirror, mirror on the wall, Justin ‘Big Pretty’ Willis pinned Allen Crowder’s carcass against the wall—before falling like a heap to the canvas—to prove his place amongst the world’s elite heavyweights.
Willis and Crowder lit the fuse to UFC 218 as the opening bout of the evening, and shortly into the first-round, ‘Big Pretty’ mangled Crowder’s face with a beautiful set of punches, while he remained unscathed in his two and half minutes of handiwork. Over the short span of time, Twitter lit up like a pyrotechnic display:
After only several ticks into the tilt, the tide swiftly swayed in Willis’ favor:
Crowder might be going to sleep pretty soon. #UFC218
— Just Danny (@shite_head) December 2, 2017
Willis landing heavy Big knock out left hook #ufc218
— Mika Frankl (@CagedMindsMMA) December 2, 2017
Crowder, a proven commodity at heavyweight, was able to stave off his demise for just a short while longer, but the ugly truth of his UFC debut was: the end drew near.
— Jonnyboy (@Jonnyboy_6969) December 2, 2017
Willis just killed a man #UFC218
— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) December 2, 2017
Annnd he's dead
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) December 2, 2017
OH GOD JESUS ! #UFC218
— Justin Golightly (@SecretMovesMMA) December 2, 2017
Overcome with emotion, Willis’ post-fight interview turned the heads of everyone tuned into UFC Fight Pass when he orated where he belongs amongst the UFC’s big boys, in addition to sharing props to his wingman: Dwight Grant, a welterweight teammate at AKA.
Willis killing it on the mic lol
— Tyler (@ExPostHuman) December 2, 2017
Willis: Too fast, too strong, too athletic and, most importantly, too damn pretty. #UFC218
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) December 2, 2017
Even backstage, Willis maintained his stunning appeal, putting everyone with a robust frame on notice:
Victorious Justin Willis on fire backstage. Tells heavyweight contenders “they can kiss my ass.” Also, proclaims he’s a “pay-per-view, main event fighter.” pic.twitter.com/k2NqTSl3LH
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) December 2, 2017
What a way to start the night!
Brutal first round KO and a great post fight speech from Willis!#UFC218
— Ashley: The MMA Nerd (@The_MMA_Nerd) December 2, 2017