The referee touched his arm, signifying completion of his work for that evening. In the seconds after his UFC debut by submission in just over a minute, Chris Wade let out a few screams.
"I was excited, I'm not gonna lie," said the 27-year-old from Islip.
Quickly after those exultations, Wade returned to his normal demeanor. Calm, collected, almost stoic as Bruce Buffer announced his victory inside the octagon.
"You see my emotions for the most part after my fights," said Wade, a former state high school wrestling champion. "For a second, I'll kind of let that emotion flow through but then I gather myself and that's it. Just another day at the office. I have business to take care of."
His next business endeavor is Sunday in Boston at UFC Fight Night 59. Wade will fight Zhang Lipeng, the winner of "The Ultimate Fighter" in China, in a lightweight fight at TD Garden airing on Fox Sports 1. Featherweights Conor McGregor and Dennis Siver headline the card, which also includes Donald Cerrone vs. Ben Henderson and Queens product Uriah Hall against Ron Stallings.
Wade (8-1) needed only 72 seconds to dispatch of Cain Carrizosa at UFC 177 last August. He did so on two weeks' notice.
Neither amount of time provided significant exposure of Wade. Still, the 15 days of preparation and the 1.2 minutes of cage time did point out a few things to Wade.
"I learned that all the things I've been telling myself in my head, I'm able to really apply and that I am able to keep it in perspective that it is just another fight," said Wade, who fights out of Long Island MMA in Farmingdale. "A lot of people try to hype up the event to you and make you more uneasy about it than you should be. I was able the whole time to control those things and not let some of that stuff overwhelm me and stay focused."
Wade had a full training camp for Sunday's fight against Lipeng (9-7-1, 2-0 UFC). He also gets an extra day as UFC Fight Night 59 is on a Sunday rather than on Saturday like most other UFC events.
Fox will broadcast the NFC Championship Game between Seattle and Green Bay at 3 p.m. Sunday, giving UFC and Fox Sports 1 plenty of exposure and promotion. Prelims, where Wade fights, begin at 7 p.m., shortly after the NFC game ends. The main card on Fox Sports 1 begins at 10 p.m., shortly after CBS' telecast of the AFC Championship Game between the Patriots and Colts.
Wade said he trained and sparred on several Sundays during the training camp but that it was more about availability of sparring partners than changing his schedule to match fight night.
"When I was training on Sundays, I always felt decent," Wade said. "I never felt like, 'Wow, this is gonna be an adjustment.' It felt like it was just another day."
One of Wade's sparring partners is fellow UFC lightweight Al Iaquinta.
"He's definitely tricky," Iaquinta said. "He's got awesome wrestling and a great ground game. I think he's gonna be a problem for a lot of people."