There's no denying Juan Manuel Lopez's status as one of the more exciting fighters in recent years, but it's possible that the talk of a resurrected career following his stunning second round comeback KO over Daniel Ponce De Leon may have been a little much.
Lopez came into his undercard fight with Francisco Vargas looking to establish himself once again as a world title challenger quality fighter.
The fight delivered from an action standpoint, with both men trading sporadically in rounds one and two before a wild third would bring the fight to a close.
The two stood toe-to-toe and began lobbing massive power shots back and forth. As their arms got weary, with both men seemingly punching themselves out, Vargas landed an uppercut, overhand right combo that caused Lopez's legs to go rubbery. He attempted to fight back, but was caught again by a flurry and found himself on the canvas.
Lopez got up and tried to fire back with slightly over ten seconds left in the round but ate another big flurry before the end of the round.
The referee checked on Lopez in the corner and, despite Lopez's protest, his corner decided to stop the fight.
This is the fourth big TKO loss for Lopez since his March, 2012 bout with Orlando Salido.