Nazim Sadykhov, a Massapequa resident originally from Brooklyn, became the latest local mixed martial artist to join the sport's largest promotion on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old was awarded a UFC contract following a third-round knockout of Ahmad Suhail Hassanzada in the Dana White Contender Series on Tuesday in Las Vegas.

Sadykhov, who trains at LAW MMA in Garden City, connected with a powerful overhand right to close the fight, smartly set up with a body shot after two rounds of solid pressure on Hassanzada. It was the fifth professional knockout for Sadykhov, who improved to 7-1.

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Nazim Sadykhov prepares to fight Ahmad Hassanzada in a lightweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season six, week four at UFC APEX on August 16, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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(L-R) Nazim Sadykhov punches Ahmad Hassanzada in a lightweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season six, week four at UFC APEX on August 16, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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(R-L) Nazim Sadykhov kicks Ahmad Hassanzada in a lightweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season six, week four at UFC APEX on August 16, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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(R-L) Nazim Sadykhov elbows Ahmad Hassanzada in a lightweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season six, week four at UFC APEX on August 16, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Nazim Sadykhov reacts after knocking out Ahmad Hassanzada in a lightweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season six, week four at UFC APEX on August 16, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Nazim Sadykhov reacts after knocking out Ahmad Hassanzada in a lightweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season six, week four at UFC APEX on August 16, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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(L-R) Nazim Sadykhov battles Ahmad Hassanzada in a lightweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season six, week four at UFC APEX on August 16, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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(R-L) Nazim Sadykhov knocks out Ahmad Hassanzada in a lightweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season six, week four at UFC APEX on August 16, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Nazim Sadykhov prepares to fight Ahmad Hassanzada in a lightweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season six, week four at UFC APEX on August 16, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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(L-R) Nazim Sadykhov knocks out Ahmad Hassanzada in a lightweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season six, week four at UFC APEX on August 16, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Nazim Sadykhov reacts after knocking out Ahmad Hassanzada in a lightweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season six, week four at UFC APEX on August 16, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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(R-L) Ahmad Hassanzada inadvertently pokes the eye of Nazim Sadykhov in a lightweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season six, week four at UFC APEX on August 16, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Nazim Sadykhov prepares to fight Ahmad Hassanzada in a lightweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season six, week four at UFC APEX on August 16, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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(L-R) Nazim Sadykhov battles Ahmad Hassanzada in a lightweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season six, week four at UFC APEX on August 16, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Nazim Sadykhov reacts after knocking out Ahmad Hassanzada in a lightweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season six, week four at UFC APEX on August 16, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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