August 11, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Erik Perez reacts after defeating Ken Stone (not pictured) during UFC 150 at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
In the shortest fight of UFC 150, Erik Perez knocked out fellow Bantamweight Ken Stone only 17 seconds into the first round. This is Perez's second consecutive win in as many UFC fights and it brings his record up to 12-4. Ken Stone brought back-to-back victories of his own into this fight, but drops to 2-2 in the UFC (11-4 Overall).
As soon as the bell rang, Perez confidently took the center of the Octagon. Then, in the very first exchange of the fight, he sent Ken Stone to the mat with a quick combination that ended with huge right hook. Showing incredible killer instinct, Perez followed Stone and unleashed some brutal ground and pound forcing Herb Dean to stop the action. There was some initial controversy over the stoppage, but a second look shows that Dean undoubtedly made the correct call.
What was the high point of the fight?
Pretty obviously. the winging right hook that dropped Stone. Stone moved in to strike and Perez threw that one from the hip to lead to the finish.
Where do they go from here?
A great win here for Erik Perez following up a controversial win in his UFC debut. At The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale, Perez secured another first round finish, however, many people questioned referee Kim Winslow's decision to call the fight as John Albert had not yet tapped. With this victory, Perez solidifies his position as an exciting addition to the Bantamweight division. A fight with TUF veteran Bryan Caraway should show whether or not Perez is well-rounded enough to take on a solid grappler.
Following this knockout loss, Ken Stone will be looking to regroup. Fortunately, Stone had put together two solid wins going into UFC 150 and will definitely be granted that opportunity. A fight with Nick Denis, who's also coming off a loss at UFC On Fox 3, would be a good match to decide who still belongs in the UFC's 135 lb. division.
Watch it now, later, or never?
Watch it right now. This is a quick, exciting knock out featuring a fighter who could make a name for himself at Bantamweight.
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