An American UFC fighter appeared to motivate himself by pretending that his opponent was racist

– Alonzo Menifield dominated his light heavyweight UFC match Saturday.

The American then told Insider and other reporters

he visualized his opponent calling him a monkey.

– "Seriously. I know it's kind of crazy … it's a mindset," Menifield said.

The 34-year-old light heavyweight pounded his UFC opponent Askar Mozharov into smithereens Saturday

as he violently finished the Ukrainian fighter with a merciless pounding

from crucifix position at the Apex in Las Vegas.

Menifield smothered Mozharov by pressing his forearm into his face.

From there, he cracked his temple with the tip of his elbow

bringing a grueling end to the bout in the very first round.

"I beat the crap out of him," said Menifield after his win became official.