Cagewriter - Mixed Martial Arts

Former Arizona State wrestler Aaron Simpson didn't possess much on the feet until he got to work with the guys at Arizona Combat Sports. That included working with MMA fighter Tim McKenzie.

Simpson, the student met his striking mentor McKenzie to open Ultimate Fight Night 18. Apparently, McKenzie gave away too many of his secrets as he got blasted by a looping right on the side of head just over a minute into the fight, McKenzie (12-6) fell to the floor started reaching oddly for the side of his head and never regained his wits. It took another 35 seconds for Simpson to finish McKenzie on the ground scoring the TKO win at 1:40 of the first round. 

"I was helping him with his wrestling, he showed me how to throw a hook," said Simpson. "It was a little difficult fighting him."

Simpson, 34, thanked all his training partners, his wife, his mother-in-law and then winked. He spent of his 20's chasing the dream of the making the U.S. Olympic Team. Now he looks like a force in MMA with a 5-0 record. All five wins have come by KO or TKO.

A crowd of roughly 2,000 witnessed fight No. 1. Joe Rogan had a funny moment as music started when he tried to begin the postfight conversation in the cage with Simpson, "We don't have our (expletive) together." The crowd laughed.

Joe Vedepo may want to bring a pillow to the cage if he gets another shot in the UFC. He was in la-la land less than two minutes into the second fight of the night.

For the second time in two fights on the big stage, he was put to sleep. This time it was a little less violent. Vedepo slugged it out with Rob Kimmons but got the worst of the action standing. The fight moved to cage where Kimmons was able to slap on a guillotine choke. It took a little maneuvering but when Kimmons really locked it in, he cranked back standing on his toes. He knew he had it, nodding his head to the crowd. Vedepo wouldn't tap and slumped to the floor. He was out cold at 1:54 of the first.

"I knew when I slid it in, it was finished," said Kimmons (22-4, 2-1 UFC). "He's a big strong dude. He hit me a few times, I didn’t want to do that anymore. The majority of my wins have come by that guillotine. I wanted to stand but you gotta take what you get in the UFC."

It took about five seconds for Vedepo (9-3, 0-2 UFC) to wake up and then another minute for him to fully regain his wits. He was also knocked out cold in his first UFC fight at UFN 15 against Alessio Sakara. Vedepo left the cage with a mouse under his right eye and cut over his left.

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