Junior Dos Santos defeated Gilbert Yvel by TKO to kick off the UFC 108 pay-per-view on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
The two hard-hitting heavyweights wasted no time exchanging. Dos Santos worked the body and then went upstairs, landing a left hand that sent Yvel crashing to the canvas.
The Brazilian followed Yvel to the ground and finished him off with strikes. Referee Herb Dean stepped in to stop the action at 2:07 in the first round.
“I noticed when he was coming in he was trying to counter attack with a punch, so what I did was I came in low and knew I would come up with a high hook and that’s exactly what I did. We trained that,” said Dos Santos after the fight.
Dos Santos is on a five-fight winning streak and is undefeated in the UFC. The 25-year-old believes the win over Yvel puts him at the top of the division and in line for a title shot, a notion that UFC president Dana White also backed at the pre-fight press conference on Wednesday.
Asked where he feels the UFC 108 victory puts him in the heavyweight division, Dos Santos answered, “At the top.”