Middleweight fighter Cairo Rocha may have gotten the knockout of the year at a Brazilian Fighting Championships event on Friday, and it couldn't have come at a later date.
After a quick feeling out process, Rocha delivered a brutal and perfectly executed kick to his opponent, Francisco Neves, and put him to sleep in a preliminary bout at "Desafio dos Imortais" (Challenge of the Immortals).
The knockout came at just 2:30 into the first round, giving Rocha his third KO victory and sixth overall. UFC veteran Chris Wilson also fought on the card and picked up a victory over Wellington Carlos de Oliveira.
Rocha fights out of Jardinopolis, Sao Paulo, and is 6-3 in his career. His last three victories all came in the first round, including two via submission.
With knockout of the year candidates from Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida and Cheick Kongo all being among the best of the best in 2011, Cairo Rocha's may now have to be considered as one of the flashiest and most unique.