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UFC 132 prelims: Dos Anjos stops Sots

UFC 132 prelims: Dos Anjos stops Sots

July 2, 2011

Dos Anjos flattens Sotiropoulos

Almost three years ago, lightweight Rafael Dos Anjos found himself the victim of a highlight-reel knockout at the hands of Jeremy Stephens. It was time for a little payback.

A hard right hook from the Brazilian floored George Sotiropoulos in the first fight of the evening’s preliminary card to air live on Spike TV. The end came just 59 seconds into the opening frame.

In the 50 or so seconds that preceded it, Sotiropoulos availed himself well with an aggressive standup strategy that put Dos Anjos on his bicycle.

But when the two separated from an exchange in close, Dos Anjos winged a punch at perfect range that sent Sotiropoulos’ jaw sideways.

The loss dashes Sotiropoulos’ (14-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) immediate hopes to get back on the title track after being outpointed by Dennis Siver at UFC 127. Dos Anjos (15-5 MMA, 4-3 UFC), who in his previous fight took a loss to Clay Guida after a nasty jaw injury, is back on the winning track with a big feather in his cap.

“I wanted to show the fans my striking tonight, and I’m happy I got this knockout,” he gushed later. “I went through a rough patch after my last fight, but I came back, and truly believe I’m better than ever.

“A few years down the road, I can see myself winning the world title. This is a big win for me.”

Source: MMAJunkie