Kyle Noke started UFC 152 with a bang, crumpling Charlie Brenneman with a right hand only 45 seconds into Noke's welterweight debut.
Moments after referee Dan Miragliotta stepped between the fighters, however, Brenneman was protesting the stoppage. A replay showed that the stoppage may have come a beat too quickly, though it was clear Brenneman was hurt.
What we'll remember about this fight
Noke lawn-chairing Brenneman with the right. A few academic punches later, and Noke had avoided the dreaded three-fight losing streak and probably saved his UFC career.
What we learned about Kyle Noke
Brenneman is not the world's greatest striker, but Noke really put it on him. Forget about the decisive punch; in the 40 or so seconds that preceded it, Noke landed a front kick and several jabs and was easily looked to be the more nimble fighter.
Noke also looked sharp despite a bigger weight cut than what he is used to.
"The cut was easy," Noke told broadcaster Joe Rogan after the fight. "I felt great."
What we learned about Charlie Brenneman
He still needs to lean on his wrestling if he wants to succeed in the UFC. Maybe he shouldn't wait so long next time before he shoots for a takedown. Forty seconds is apparently a bit too luxurious.
What's next for Noke
How about the winner between Sean Pierson and Lance Benoist, going down later tonight?
What's next for Brenneman
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