UFC 152: Power Ranking the Stoppages from Every Match
UFC 152 came to the Air Canada Centre and put on a show.
16,800 piled in to witness two UFC title fights: Jon Jones defended his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship against Vitor Belfort, and Demetrious Johnson put together a great performance to win the UFC Flyweight Championship by unanimous decision.
The night was filled with action.
12 fights gave the crowd more than their money's worth.
UFC 152 saw half of the fights finished by knockout or submission, and here are how they stack up against one another.
No. 6: Mitch Gagnon's Rear Naked Choke
It only took a little over a minute for Mitch Gagnon to defeat Walel Watson by submission.
Gagnon dropped Watson with a punch and followed him to the mat. He got hooked in and sunk in the choke to force the tap. It was a quick, clean performance by the Canadian.
The victory will keep Gagnon gainfully employed with the UFC.
After two fights, UFC 152 had just under two minutes of action inside the Octagon.
It was not the fastest stoppage of the night, but it is still hard to gauge Gagnon off of such a fast showing. It was definitely the punch that dropped Watson that set everything in motion.
Gagnon pounced and finished.
No. 5: Kyle Noke TKO's Charlie Brenneman
There is no mistaking the fact that Kyle Noke was probably fighting to save his UFC career at UFC 152 against Charlie Brenneman.
And he did so. In quick fashion.
A few quick strikes and a right hand that put Brenneman on the mat was all referee Dan Miragliotta needed to see. The loss is the second in a row for Brenneman, who was once at the doorstep of becoming a contender in the division.
45 seconds in to the opening match at UFC 152 and it was over. Noke showed what can happen with 4-ounce gloves.
All it takes is one solid punch and a fight can be finished in the blink of an eye.
After dropping his two previous UFC fights, Noke saves his job with a big performance. That is a big feather in the cap of the Australian.
No. 4: Seth Baczynski KO's Simeon Thoresen
In the third fight of the night Seth Baczynski squared off with Simeon Thoresen.
Once again, the fight did not get out of the first frame.
Thoresen backed Baczynski up but forgot to protect his chin and Baczynski landed a left hand that put Thoresen on his back. Two follow-up punches and Thoresen lay on the mat unconscious.
The big KO performance was Baczynski's sixth straight victory and fourth inside the Octagon.
With another strong performance it is likely that Baczynski will see a step up in competition in his next outing. Prepare for Baczynski to invade your television screen in his next fight.
All three Facebook fights gave the fans first round finishes, none more impressive than Baczynski's.
No. 3: Vinny Magalhães Armbars Igor Pokrajac
Vinny Magalhães, former The Ultimate Fighter cast member, made his UFC return at UFC 152 with an big win over Igor Pokrajac.
Magalhaes went 0-2 in his last UFC stint but has grown outside of the organization. He went 7-1 outside of the organization with five straight wins.
Pokrajac went to the ground with the jiu-jitsu ace, and that proved to be a costly mistake. Magalhaes almost completed a triangle when the two first hit the mat in the second round, but was not able to secure it. Magalhaes quickly transitioned to the armbar and flipped Pokrajac over to get the tap.
Magalhaes' expertise on the ground is a joy to watch. His seemless transition made the armbar that much more special at UFC 152.
No. 2: Jon Jones Makes Vitor Belfort Pay
The UFC Light Heavyweight Champion made Vitor Belfort pay for his early submission attempt. After Belfort lost the armbar, he was battered by Jon Jones.
For a little over three rounds, Jones wore Belfort down with a variety of strikes on the feet and on the ground. Vicious elbows sliced through as Belfort tried to keep Jones in check on the mat, and on the feet Jones was able to use his reach to pick him apart. He also utilized the front side kick to Belfort's thigh at every given opportunity.
A worn down Belfort had no defense for Jones' Americana submission in the fourth. In under a minute in the fourth frame, Jones had him down and tapping out.
Just another dominant performance in the young career of "Bones" Jones.
No. 1: Cub Swanson KO's His Way to Title Contendership
The stoppage of the night has to belong to Cub Swanson.
The opening bout of the PPV was a significant fight in the UFC's Featherweight Division. The winner would thrust himself up the ranks. Swanson did just that with a brutal KO over Charles Oliveira.
One big overhand right and that was it for Oliveira. Swanson brings big power to the Featherweight Division.
Swanson continues to showcase his stand-up game in the UFC. After dropping a fight to Ricardo Lamas in late 2011, he has responded with three consecutive knockout performances. George Roop, Ross Pearson, and now Oliveira have found themselves at the receiving end of Swanson's power.
The knockout puts Swanson in the mix for the UFC Featherweight Championship.