Andy Enz and Thiago Santos opened up the UFC 183 Fight Pass prelims from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Both fighters have struggled since their emergence in the UFC. Enz had fought twice under this banner and had yet to earn a victory, instead, losing twice in competitive bouts.
The Brazilian, Santos, was 1-2 heading into this Middleweight contest. Plenty was on the line in the careers of both men.
With that, some tension was to be expected.
The opening fight of UFC 183 started with Thiago Santos pumping out some crisp leg kicks, wearing down the taller man and pushing him to the cage.
Andy Enz, a former TUF participant, threw back some solid counters, but failed to dent the Rio De Janeiro man's confidence. He couldn't do much to hold off the attack that was about to come.
A Santos body kick would cripple Enz just moments into the first round. He would swarm the Alaskan fighter with a bombardment of striking, forcing a referee's stoppage hardly halfway into the premier round of the night.
Santos has now won two of his last three, notably, scoring knockouts over Enz and Ronny Markes. It will he interesting to see how he develops in a talent-rich weight class.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.