by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira made the most of his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut, knocking out Luis Cane in the first round.
Nogueira displayed faster, more accurate hands, landing straight lefts that had Cane in full retreat mode. After dropping Cane with a punch, Nogueira followed him to the ground finishing him off with two more shots before referee Steve Mazzagatti called a halt to the action at the 1:56 mark of round one.
“I’ve been training man,” Nogueira commented after the bout. “I just showed how hard I train.”
“The Ultimate Fighter” season 7 winner, Amir Sadollah, ruined Phil Baroni’s return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship Octagon with a clear-cut unanimous decision win.
Baroni came out like he usually does in the opening moments of the fight, aggressive and throwing big punches. Sadollah weathered the early storm and gained control of the fight.
Sadollah landed leg kicks at will and delivered knees from inside the clinch on his way to victory. Baroni’s questionable gas tank became a factor as the fight entered the later rounds.
“It’s a pleasure just stepping in the ring with Baroni and fighting somebody as tough as that,” Sadollah said following the fight. “I like to throw kicks and I felt like it was one part of my game that I could work well.”
Paulo Thiago and Jacob Volkmann had a back and forth battle with Thiago getting the unanimous decision nod due to superior striking, dropping Volkmann on two different occasions.
On the ground, the two put on a display of technical grappling, transitioning from position to position each putting the other in dangerous positions.