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'The Fireball Kid' takes out Tyson Griffin at UFC on Versus 2

Maggie Hendricks
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Takanori Gomi made quick work of Tyson Griffin at UFC on Versus 2, knocking out the UFC veteran out in 1:04 of the first round in San Diego.

Gomi, a former PRIDE champion who lost in his UFC debut to Kenny Florian, came out throwing the big punches he is known for. One of those right hands connected with Griffin's chin and flattened him out. Gomi jumped on Griffin's back to finish the bout, but there was no need.

Referee Jason Herzog jumped between Gomi and Griffin to stop the fight. Though Griffin protested the stoppage, it was a clean end to the bout considering how Griffin stiffened up. Even as he argued with Herzog, Griffin was wobbly.

After the fight ended, Gomi jumped on the top of the cage and yelled to Dana White, the UFC president.

"I really consider this my start in the UFC," Gomi said through a translator after the fight. "In my last fight, I didn't know how to fight American. You saw what happened today. I think I got the hang of it."

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