These fighters are trying to end the night early.
All three of the opening fights for the mega card of UFC 200 ended with a first-round knockout to kick off the night in style.
One of the highlights of the Fight Pass fights came from what many were considering a sleeper for FOTN when Joe Lauzon and Diego Sanchez closed out the early prelims. Lauzon pounced on Sanchez early and started striking him early. He rocked Sanchez multiple times and dropped him to the canvas.
Sanchez at one point looked like he had no idea where he was and Lauzon looked at ref Mark Smith to end the fight. After one too many punches, Smith did eventually step in and Lauzon came out on top. This marks the second time that Sanchez was finished, the first coming from a doctor's stoppage against B.J. Penn. Lauzon now has seven knockout wins and 25 finishes in his 26 professional wins.
Not to be outdone, the fight between Gegard Mousasi and Thiago Santos also ended in explosive fashion. While both men were feeling each other out in the opening minutes, Mousasi was the first to land a truly damaging blow, clipping Santos just past two minutes into the fight. Mousasi took advantage of a rocked Santos and took him to the ground.
Mousasi eventually got caught in his half guard and could no longer advance effectively. Santos was able to break free from Mousasi, but was hit while he was standing up by an excellent uppercut, left hoop combo. Santos went to the mat and Mousasi came out with a KO victory. No stranger to knocking people out, Mousasi has now picked up his 20th knockout win.
The opening fight of the Fight Pass was no slouch and was the most methodical of the three matches. Jim Miller caught one of Takanori Gomi's leg kicks at the 30-second mark and threw him to the ground. After landing a series of heavy punches, Miller transitioned to get Gomi's back and work for a rear-naked choke.
After several failed attempts to get under Gomi's chin, Miller transitioned to top position and started raining down punches. After several seconds of vicious ground and pound, the fight was called and Miller picked up his fourth professional knockout win.
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