IT was a memorable evening for former Dysons Perrins student Oban Elliott as he recorded a win on his UFC debut in California on Saturday.

Elliott, 26, was in the Octagon for the first time and faced Val Woodburn at UFC 298 in what he hopes will be the first of many fights.

The fight started with a wild exchange after Elliott landed a big head kick and Woodburn responded with a big combination that dropped Elliott badly.

But the man from Merthyr Tydfil then scored a takedown and controlled the rest of the round with several submission attempts.

Round two saw Elliott do more grappling to control Woodburn and dominate the round and it was more of the same in the third.

Both men got to the bell at the end of the fight but there was only one winner and Elliott was able to celebrate success via unanimous decision.

Afterwards, he told UFC commentator Joe Rogan, that it was the “greatest moment of my life”.

"With a tear in my eye, I say, this is the greatest moment of my life. I knew this fight was going to be tough and i thought the fight was over with that head kick in the first and then he caught me and I thought, 'fair play'.

"He was not going to go away and it was going to be another of those fights but it's all part of the process. I am still young, I made my debut here and I know what I am capable of.

"I am here and I am the man. And to be the man, you have got to beat the man!"