UFC Stockholm Results: Leonardo Santos KO’ Stevie Ray (VIDEO)

A lightweight bout between Leonardo Santos and Stevie Ray took place on the prelims of today’s UFC Stockholm event in Sweden.

Leonardo Santos (16-3-1 MMA) will return to action for the first time since UFC 204 in October of 2016. The former TUF Brazil winner, Santos, has gone 10-0-1 over his past eleven contests which includes a TKO victory over Kevin Lee.

Meanwhile, Stevie Ray (22-8 MMA) was most recently seen in action at October’s UFC event in Moncton, where he scored a unanimous decision victory over Jessin Ayari. Ray has compiled a 6-3 record during his nine fights under the UFC banner.

Round one of the fight begins and Ray pumps his jab early. Santos lands a hard body kick. Santos backing Ray up and lands another body kick. More kicks from the Brazilian. He lands to the body and then to the thigh of Ray. Stevie returns fire with a low kick of his own. A snapping jab from Santos lands. Ray attempts to step in with a left, he misses and Santos counters beautifully with a right hand. This one is all over. Stevie Ray is out cold! What a performance for Leonardo Santos!

Official UFC Stockholm Result: Leonardo Santos def. Stevie Ray via KO (punch) in Round 1

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Leonardo Santos with the one hitter quitter! KOs Stevie Ray in the 1st!

Holy crap. Ray swings and misses on a left hook that takes him waaay outta position. Santos cracks him with a right hand straight outta hell that instantly ends his night.

Another candidate for the “Bad punches” thread?

Leonardo Santos KOs Stevie Ray, runs backstage in wild celebration at UFC Stockholm

Leonardo Santos reminded the world that he should be a player in the UFC lightweight division on Saturday when he returned from a 966-day layoff to score a brutal knockout of Stevie Ray at UFC on ESPN+ 11.

Santos (17-3-1 MMA, 6-0-1 UFC), who has not lost in more than a decade, has been out of action since UFC 204 in October 2016 due to injuries and canceled bouts. He finally got back in the octagon on the card at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, and the result against Ray (22-9 MMA, 6-4 UFC) was a reminder of why he’s lost just once in his past 18 fights.

The Brazilian landed a devastating counter-punch knockout on Ray just over two minutes into the fight, but his celebration was perhaps even more memorable. Santos not only exited the octagon, but he performed a throwback to B.J. Penn’s old-school win over Caol Uno and ran all the way backstage (via Twitter):

Santos eventually made his way back to the octagon, where his hand was raised for the sixth time in seven UFC fights. He pleaded his case for a more active schedule going forward and wants a top 10 opponent, which is understandable considering he’s 39 years old.

Ray had only been stopped with strikes once prior to Santos’ handiwork, and perhaps that will get him the top-ranked opponent he wants next.

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