Sat Jul 02 10:43pm EDT
Chris Leben did not take his time in beating a fighter he said inspired him to fight. In just 27 seconds, Leben knocked out Wanderlei Silva at UFC 132 in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Silva came out swinging, and landed a strike right on Leben's chin. Leben was not hurt, and with Silva in close, Leben landed a series of left-handed uppercuts until Silva fell to the ground.
Leben was pumped after the win.
"How do you think after that?" he said when asked how he felt by UFC commentator Joe Rogan. "He hit me on the button. He cracked me, and I went autopilot."
Before the fight, Leben talked about how he would watch tapes of Silva in his prime for PRIDE Fighting Championships. After the bout, he called Silva his hero, and thanked him for taking the bout, Silva's first in 16 months.
Silva, who has been fighting since 1996, now has a record of 33-11-1. Leben originally burst onto the MMA scene after the first season of "The Ultimate Fighter" and now has a record of 26-7.
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