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Welshmen Brett Johns and Jack Marshman win on UFC debuts

Jack Marshman in action against Magnus Cedenblad

Jack Marshman (right) served in Afghanistan with the Parachute Regiment

Welsh fighters Jack Marshman and Brett Johns both won their debut fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Swansea’s Johns made history early in the evening at the SSE Arena in Belfast by becoming the first Welshman to win a UFC bout.

The 24-year-old beat South Korean Kwan Ho Kwak on an impressive unanimous decision.

Abertillery’s Marshman beat Sweden’s Magnus Cedenblad by technical knockout in a middleweight fight.

Marshman looked to be suffering as his opponent pinned him to the ground for most of the first round.

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Emotional Brett Johns hails Welsh fans after debut UFC win

But a stunning series of punches left Cedenblad unable to continue and 26-year-old Marshman won by technical knockout.

“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.”

Johns, 24, only received the call-up to the UFC earlier in November. had earlier put in put in an assured performance.

“All of my fights get tough but I just dug deep and got another win,” said Johns, fighting at bantamweight,” Johns said.

“I’ve got a good team, good family behind me who support me all the way and I’m very thankful.”