Cole Harbour welterweight T.J. Grant stopped Kevin Burns by first-round TKO at UFC 107 on Saturday night in Memphis, Tennessee.
The 25-year-old felled Burns with a right to the head and then pounced on him, delivering a half-dozen hammer-fists and punches before referee Greg Franklin stepped in at 4:57.
Burns came out aggressively but Grant (15-3) survived the onslaught and took him down briefly. But Burns continued to stalk Grant and dropped him at the fence, administering some punishment. The Canadian survived, although Franklin was watching closely.
“I recovered real quick, but there was a quick second when I was on my back and didn’t know what happened,” Grant said. “He’s a big guy. He hits hard.”
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With the victory, Grant is now 2-1 in UFC.
In the main event, lightweight champion B.J. Penn dominated Diego Sanchez en route to a fifth-round TKO at UFC 107 on Saturday night.
Sanchez, who had never been stopped before, was simply outgunned and outmatched. He did not complain when the one-sided fight was finally halted due to a massive gash on his forehead.
“In 10 years of being in this business, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anybody more busted up than (Sanchez) is right now,” said UFC president Dana White, who sported a Tiger Woods baseball cap to the post-fight news conference.
In the co-main event, former heavyweight champion Frank Mir made short work of Cheick Kongo, dropping the six-foot-four, 239-pound Frenchman with a looping left before putting him to sleep with a guillotine choke at 1:12 of the first round.