Cole Escovedo may best be known as the first WEC featherweight champion. But at Dream 13, Escovedo unleashed a devastating blow to the head of Yoshiro Maeda in a bantamweight bout to be remembered.
The bout goes normally and Escovedo utilizes the head kicks early on. But, with less then eight minutes left (For those of you who don't know, Dream utilizes a 10-minute first-round unlike the UFC), Escovedo unleashes one head kick that Maeda couldn't handle that night.
If you blinked, you definitely missed the connection of Escovedo's foot and Maeda's head.
Maeda quickly dropped to the mat, and it was lights out from there. Maeda afterwards looked like he could barely stand, and leaves one to wonder if he actually knew where he was and what his name was.
Maeda would go on and lose his next bout against Kenji Osawa via split decision. But since that, he has won his last two bouts against Takafumi Otsuka and Masanori Kanehara. Maeda is now scheduled to fight in a week against Hideo Tokoro at Dream 17.
Escovedo went on from this bout and lost his next two fights to up-and-coming UFC bantamweight fighter, Michael McDonald and Michihiro Omigawa. Escovedo, though, is currently coming off of a win against Steven Siler and faces Renan Barao at UFC 130 this Saturday for his first bout, inside the Octagon.
This bout at Dream 13 produced one great knockout and a huge victory for the former WEC champ.