LAS VEGAS – A lightning-fast knockout stemming from a perfectly executed gameplan and a UFC contract to go with it?

For 30-year-old light heavyweight Alonzo Menifield, this Tuesday made for a pretty perfect night.

Well … almost perfect, anyway.

“I did that failed backflip,” Menifield told MMAjunkie following his win at Dana White’s Contender Series 9, before adding with a smile. “But I repeated it – and I got it.”

Taking second chances is kind of Menifield’s thing. It was also all he needed to earn his entry into the UFC, after falling short at Dana White’s Contender Series 3 last July. Menifield won then, also with a first-round knockout, but apparently just didn’t impress quite as much as the night’s contract winners Karl Roberson and Geoff Neall.

But Menifield (7-0) wasn’t deterred: He collected two more finishes, at LFA, before making the most of his second DWCS spot. And all it took was eight seconds, focus and the foresight of an apparently slightly psychic coach to take Dashawn Boatwright (3-1) out.

“My expectations were to go in there with great ferocity,” Menifield said. “And I’ve been saying it. So I went in there and I was like, ‘If the throws that kick, I’m going to step in and hit him as hard as I can. And that’s pretty much what I did.

“I was looking for the kick. My coach, man, he’s a mastermind. I don’t know how he does it. But he said he would do it. And I seen it, and I stepped in – and he was out of there.”

Menifield admits he was “a little shocked” that Boatwright went down, which explains why he was perhaps a little awkward in his follow-up blows. Nevertheless, it god the job done, and Menifield had no problem with referee Mark Smith’s stoppage.

Menifield remains perfect in his pro MMA career and now, feeling “highly blessed” with his UFC contract in hand, he wants to waste no time showing what he’s got in the big stage.

“In two months, let’s go,” Menifield said. “Whomever they match me up with, I’ll fight them. I don’t know anyone’s name to call out now, but eventually I will.”

To hear from Menifield, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of Dana White’s Contender Series 9, check out the UFC Events section of the site.