This past Saturday, UFC 132 brought us a knockout that didn't earn "Knockout of the Night" honors, but by all standards was still an epic knockout considering it was between Chris Leben and Wanderlei Silva.
It was Silva's first fight in almost a year and a half, and by all means this was expected to be the "Fight of the Decade." Both fighters are known for their aggressive style of fighting, and highlight reel knockout victories.
Just to echo this sentiment, Leben and Silva combined for a grand total of 36 knockout victories out of their 58 combined wins.
The bout between the two begins and everybody starts watching to see what should be an epic war between two fighters who know how to create a great fight. Silva begins to press Leben and hits him once, immediately triggering Leben's striking reaction.
Leben clips Silva with a left hand, then immediately gets Silva in the clinch and throws left uppercut after left uppercut straight to the dome of Silva. On about the third uppercut, Silva drops to the mat, provoking the crowd to cheer in sheer enjoyment as Leben began to tee off on a downed Wanderlei.
Two strikes later, the referee steps in and stops the contest only 27 seconds into what was expected to be a brawl.
Silva is now on that border where some think he should retire, and some think he should stick around. The legendary Wanderlei Silva dropped to 33-11-1 with one no contest.
Leben on the other hand has made the middleweight division interesting now and is starting to creep into the upper part of the division. The knockout win over his idol, Silva, brought Leben's record to 26-7.