UFC 128 Results: Erik Koch Knocks Out Raphael Assuncao

In the first fight of UFC 128, featherweights Erik Koch and Raphael Assuncao locked horns in the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Koch was the underdog, but possesed a top notch guard and excellent, aggressive striking. Assuncao, on the other hand, is a tough, hard to put away veteran. Both were fighting for a higher spot on UFC cards.

Referee Kevin Mulhall officiated the action. After an early trade of leg kicks between both fighters, Koch even fired off a right hand that sent the Brazilian crumbling to the mat. According to Yahoo's Kevin Iole, "We may have the Knockout of the Night already." 

This represents a huge win for Koch. Assuncao is a very talented veteran with strong defensive skills. He's hard to score on and hard to damage. For Koch to put away such a respected and talented fighter says quite a bit about his future.

UFC 128 results: Erik Koch defeated Raphael Assuncao via knockout at 2:32 of round 1.

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