Michael Chandler delivered another top-draw fight inside the Octagon to hand Tony Ferguson his seventh loss in MMA at UFC 274.
Chandler shook off a first round knockdown and unleashed a brutal front kick that saw Ferguson fall face-first into the canvas.
Replays clearly show that Ferguson was out before he hit the floor and the emphatic result left Chandler euphoric and in the mood to call out Conor McGregor.
Chandler conceded that the knockout kick wasn't part of his plans but he saw an opening and took his chance.
"We've seen a couple [front kick knockouts]," Chandler said after. "We don't even train that, that much. It just happened. There was a lane right up the middle."
Chandler has bounced back from successive losses in the cage, albeit that those defeats came to division-topping fighters and is now 2-2 in Dana White's promotion.
The lightweight division has been thrown into chaos by Charles Oliveira's failure to make weight for his title bout with Justin Gaethje which has seen the belt held up.
Title shot or Conor McGregor payday
Chandler insists that he should be next in line for a championship bout but also said that if he doesn't get his shot at the gold he would like to be the man to challenge McGregor.
"There is not one MMA fan on the planet that doesn't want to see me rematch you Charles [Oliveira] or rematch you Justin Gaethje," Chandler yelled in his post-fight chat with Joe Rogan. "If Hunter Campbell and Dana White have a momentary lapse in judgment and they give the title shot to someone else, I've got one dude on my mind.
"Conor McGregor, you've got to come back and fight somebody. I am the most entertaining lightweight on the planet. But I want to up the stakes, Conor. I want you at your biggest, I want you at your baddest and I want you at your best. You and me at 170 this summer, this fall, this winter. Holler at your boy!"
Chandler debuted in UFC in January 2021, earning a performance of the night bonus and turning heads in a victory over Dan Hooker.
His subsequent losses to Oliveira and Gaethje might have dimmed his star but there is little doubt that his UFC 274 victory has once again boosted his stock.
The headline bout between Oliveira and Gaethje ended in a first round submission.
Oliveira and Chandler contested the then vacant lightweight title when they met in May last year and another meeting in similar circumstances looks likely.
Oliveira still the dominant lightweight in the UFC
Gaethje was forced to submit just past the three minute mark in the first round as Oliveira claimed an 11th straight UFC win.
In other results from UFC 274, Carla Esparza earned a unanimous decision victory over Rose Namajunas to claim the UFC Strawweight Championship.
Earlier Ovince Saint Preux earned victory over Mauricio Rua and Randy Brown overcame Kallin Williams.