Jake Hecht may be new to the UFC, but this star in the making is going to be one of the big names when all is said and done, and he displayed that in full at UFC 140.
This guy is very good, and his win over Rich Attonito is just the beginning of a very long and illustrious career.
At first, there was not much that stood out about Hecht, and he actually looked to be a bit out of his league.
With a record of 11-2 in his MMA career he has been in his fair share of bouts, but this was his very first UFC fight.
He came in against the veteran Attonito and found himself on the ground in the first round. Attonito had a good takedown on him, and he forced Hecht to fight from his back until the bell.
It looked like it was going to be a pretty rough debut for Hecht, but all of that changed in the second round.
Here's Steve Cofield of Yahoo! Sports' description of the second-round TKO:
With Attonito's head sitting in his abdomen, Hecht threw a wicked elbow that hit his opponent on the ear. The next elbow was planted directly to Attonito's temple. The effect was just like getting hit with a standing hook. Attonito's legs gave out and he went down. Hecht (11-2, 1-0 UFC) poured it on with 13 unanswered right hands on Attonito, who turtled up. Referee Josh Rosenthal had to stop it.
Watching Hecht fight in the second round was like watching art for a UFC fan, especially for those who are hoping to see a fresh batch of newcomers enter the league.
Hecht showed great resiliency by bouncing back from the rough first round, and then he showed incredible technique by landing his elbow strikes exactly where he wanted them to go.
They can easily be one of the most effective strikes in fighting, and Hecht used them to perfection.
He showed all the necessary traits that you are looking for in a great fighter, and I expect much more of the same from him moving into the future.
He may not be a big name now, but believe me when I tell you that a star was born at UFC 140.