The fireworks started early on the UFC fight night card headlined by kiwi Daniel Hooker and Dustin Poirier.
Canadian heavyweight Tanner Boser put together a brutal combination to KO Brazilian Philipe Lins inside the first round.
Both fighters were cautious to begin the fight but soon started finding their range with Lins’ power causing a few problems for Boser.
But as the UFC has proven on several occasions, one punch can change the complexion of a fight in an instance and that’s exactly what happened here.
Lins came in with a low kick and Boser countered with an over-hand right that struck the Brazilian on the temple, leaving him shaken.
The Canadian then moved in for the kill and landed a multitude of shots as Lins fell back onto the canvas, forcing the referee to jump in.
All in all he connected with eight punches to finish Lins.
“That was vicious and he’s out cold unconscious!” former middle weight champion turned commentator Michael Bisping said.
“That overhand right that he throws is so sneaky and it came out of nowhere. But the way that he finished it with the combinations after,” said Dominick Cruz
“The accuracy with every punch. Eight punches after that overhand right. It was so fast.”
Commentators noticed Boser looked a lot trimmer for this fight stating he could probably compete at light heavyweight.
But his speed surprised Lins after weighing in at 235 pounds, compared to 246 for his last bout.
Lins hasn’t had a great start to his UFC career going 0-2 in the Octagon with losses to Boser and Andrei Arlovski.