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Scott Jorgensen reminded fans that he's still a force to be reckoned with in the UFC's bantamweight division, knocking out Ken Stone at the 4:01 mark of the first round.
A brief feeling out period in the first round became scrappy quickly as Jorgensen consistently glanced overhand rights off Stone's head while Stone countered with solid lefts and rights, mixing in kicks to keep Jorgensen at bay. After a brief clinch struggle in which Jorgensen landed a nice elbow, Stone landed a few kicks and punches before Jorgensen took him down along the fence. From top control, Jorgensen was on the defensive as Stone wrapped up Jorgensen with a triangle attempt. Jorgensen attempted to slam Stone, but Stone smartly put a leg down to avoid being crushed. Back into top control, Jorgensen landed a wicked right hand while in full, closed guard. Stone was out cold instantly.
The bout was Jorgensen's debut with the UFC and return to cage since battling Dominick Cruz for the UFC bantamweight title in December. He had rattled off five straight wins to earn the shot at the belt, defeating notables Takeya Mizugaki, Antonio Banuelos, and Brad Pickett along the way.
Stone's lone stint with the promotion occurred at WEC 53 on the undercard against Eddie Wineland. Wineland brutally slammed Stone into unconsciousness at only the 2:11 mark of the first round, not giving many of us a true glimpse into what Stone could offer his opponents. He had previously amassed a 9-1 record against regional competition in the New England area.