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Kyle Noke knocks out Sobotta by TKO

  • Kyle Noke knocks out Sobotta by TKO

Kyle Noke took just two minutes to claim an impressive TKO decision over Peter Sobotta on the UFC 193 undercard at Melbourne's Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Noke attacked with leg kicks early before landing a straight front-snap kick to the abdomen that sent the German crashing to the canvas.

He then followed up with a series of elbows and fists, causing the referee to stop the welterweight mixed martial arts fight and award it to Noke.

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"I finally started to believe in myself and (trainer) Mr Winkeljon is always telling my to let my front kicks go and I landed that one," said Noke, who hadn't fought in the UFC for two years until May.

His win was followed by rising Aussie star Jake Matthews, improving his UFC record to 3-1 as the 21-year-old lightweight split open Mexican veteran Akbar Arreola with a vicious right elbow to the right eye.

The referee then stopped the fight on doctor's advice as Matthews climbed the cage before delivering a textbook backflip in celebration.

"I could see it (Arreola's eye) was pretty bad and I've been working on getting those elbows in and did that today," Matthews said.

Another Melbourne local, 38-year-old Daniel Kelly, also enjoyed a fight to remember, landing some blistering left hooks on American Steve Montgomery for a win by unanimous decision in their middleweight bout.

All three judges scored the fight 29-28 to the Aussie.

The veteran judoka was chuffed to win in front of his home crowd on a huge card.

"It's always great to have the home crowd advantage, I think that lends itself to me being undefeated in the UFC on Australian soil," Kelly said.

"To be the first Melbournite to fight and win in the UFC means the world to me. I can't even explain that feeling.

"I never thought I'd have the opportunity to fight in my home town because the Octagon was banned here. I would've liked to have gotten the finish, I think I had him in trouble in the first round, but it was a good fight and I'm really happy right now."

Kelly's success followed on from Sydneysider Richard Walsh also winning by unanimous decision over Englishman Steven Kennedy.

Anthony Perosh wasn't so lucky, knocked out by a huge right hand by New Yorker Gian Villante, the right cross landing square on the jaw of Perosh who crashed face first to the canvas.

Perosh wasn't alone though, James Moontasri beating Australia's Anton Zafir with a first-round TKO as well. A spinning back-kick to the ribs was followed by an elbow that led to the stoppage.

Richie Vaculik also went down to American Danny Martinez by unanimous decision.

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