Light heavyweight Ryan Bader probably had to win Saturday night at UFC on Fox 6. And win he did, submitting Vladimir Matyushenko in only 50 seconds of the first round.
The end began when Bader (15-3) landed a huge left hook on the jaw of Matyushenko (26-6). Bader wasted no time swarming in and locked on a modified guillotine choke to end the fight from his back.
What we'll remember about this fight
The submission, which broadcasters called the fastest submission win in the history of the UFC light heavyweight division. Bader grabbed a kind of head-and-arm guillotine and sealed the deal by locking up Matyushenko's legs. It was a little patchwork, but that's what made it pretty.
What we learned about Vladimir Matyushenko
It's tough to fight when his jaw is that glassy. It was a nice shot, but Matyushenko fell like he was in a gunfight, not a fist fight.
What we learned about Ryan Bader
He may not be a top contender, but he's one of the strongest dudes at 205 pounds. He dropped Matyushenko with one punch—delicate jaw or not, that's hard to do. Then he landed a submission using little more than his arms.
What's next for Matyushenko
Matyushenko, now 42 years old and returning to the cage after rehabbing a torn Achilles tendon, may not be long for the sport. But if he still wants to fight, how about another old dude in Anthony Perosh? Brought to you by Ensure.
What's next for Bader
Despite the win, he's still in no-man's land a little bit. Another middle-of-the-pack fight, maybe against the winner of James Te-Huna vs. Ryan Jimmo.