Cannon is ultimately taken out
By Mark Murphy
UNCASVILLE, Conn. – The end was bloody, and it came quickly.
Sean “The Cannon” Gannon, taken down early in the first round by powerful Brandon Lee Hinckle, lost his Ultimate Fighting championship debut by a TKO with 1:14 left in the round last night.
After absorbing repeated rights and elbows to the head and punishing knees to the ribs, Gannon, the 35-year-old Boston policeman, had a wide gash beneath his right eye.
Hinckle, a former collegiate wrestler who developed his mixed martial arts skills in Korea and Japan, said, “I showed I’m the hardest puncher in the world.”
Judging from the amount of Gannon’s blood on the canvas, Hinckle was being modest.
Gannon, fighting on the undercard of the UFC heavyweight championship bout between defending champ Andrei Arlovski and Paul Buentello at Mohegan Sun Arena, only hopes that his quick elimination doesn’t hurt his chance of receiving another bout.
“It’s up to them,” he said. “I hope they do let me fight again and give me the time I need to develop my skills. My grappling is not up to the skills that they have at this level, but it’s still my dream. This is what I want.”
Though he wrestled in high school, the ground skills necessary to survive in the UFC were not part of Gannon’s arsenal last night.
“(Hinckle) was too good a wrestler,” Gannon said. “He had a lot of skills, and when he took me down, I couldn’t keep him off of me.
“But I still believe I can compete at this level. I just have to pick myself up now and go back to the drawing board. I know what it is that I have to do. I just hope they give me the time to do it.”