Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Result: Robbie Lawler def. Josh Koscheck by TKO, 3:57, Rd. 1
After Brendan Schaub and Lavar Johnson capped off the prelims with a three-round homeopathic Ambien alternative, fans were nervous that the pay-per-view opener would unfold the same way.
In the beginning, it did, with Josh Koscheck eagerly applying the wet blanket to the hard-hitting Lawler. But then Lawler landed a knee, jumped on top of Koscheck and ended the contest just a few heartbeats later.
The stoppage from referee Herb Dean might have been a tad premature, but it didn't look like another few seconds would have allowed Koscheck to muster any significant defense. The real issue is that Lawler's power caused the stoppage so quickly that it was nearly an optical illusion.