Germaine de Randamie and a returning Urijah Faber both scored stunning first round wins at UFC Fight Night 155.
It was a controversial win for the former women’s featherweight champ, now fighting at 135lbs, somewhat in keeping to the build up of her fight with previously undefeated Aspen Ladd.
American 24-year-old Ladd had looked visibly in pain and very uneasy on her feet during the weigh ins, but was cleared to fight. However, her night was over in just sixteen seconds after what has been called an early stoppage by some, following a stiff right hand from De Randamie that knocked her off her feet in the opening exchanges.
The blow appeared to land on the chest of Ladd, but when she ended up in an awkward position on the ground and referee Herb Dean was quick to step in.
The win puts the Dutchwoman in line for a crack at 135 and 145lb queen Amanda Nunes, while Ladd goes back to the drawing board with the first blemish on her nine-fight record.
Post fight, De Randamie refused to be drawn on the next steps for her, but defended the stoppage – the tied quickest in women’s bantamweight history.
For Faber, it was a return to the Octogon for the first time since 2016, and few of his 44 previous fights will have been as spectacular.
Stepping out of retirement to face the fancied Ricky Simon, a man 14 years his junior, The California Kid took just 46 seconds to drop his foe with a booming right hand up against the cage.
The defeat ended an eight-fight win-streak for Simon, and while this may not be the start of a renaissance for Faber, it certainly adds to his legacy to come back and win in such fashion at 40-years-of-age.
Elsewhere on the card there were notable wins for Josh Emmett, Andre Fili, Julianna Pena, and Ryan Hall.
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