Anthony Johnson vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Round 1: Johnson takes the center of the cage. He inches forward. Nogueira paws with his jab. Johnson lands a right hand. Nogueira is hurt. Johnson swoops in with a flurry of punches. An uppercut whips Nogueira’s head back. Johnson continues to land shots. Nogueira crumbles under the pressure. The referee stops the fight.
The official time of the stoppage was 0:44 of the opening round.
“Training camp was awesome and I was ready for this fight. I knew I had to get the finish because Nogueria is so strong and never gives up. I knew he was one of the premiere boxers in our division and I wanted to test my skills against his and I think I did alright. I’m ready for any fighter at anytime. I’ll even fill in for Ovince St. Preux or Ryan Bader in their fight if one of them drops off. I’m afraid of no one in this division.”