Kubrat Pulev startled Frank Mir with a significant right hand prior to the previous UFC champion was rescued by the referee in the to start with round of their Triad Overcome Procedures battle.
The Bulgarian heavyweight ruthlessly stopped Mir, who wobbled significantly into the ropes after Pulev adopted a crunching ideal with a cuffing still left hook, and the bout was mercifully waved off.
Pulev was returning to action for the initial time since he was stopped in the ninth spherical by Anthony Joshua in their globe heavyweight title struggle previous December.
Beneath the regulations of the Triad Fight bout, each fighters wore MMA gloves and were being permitted to strike and maintain in a triangular ring.
But Pulev’s outstanding punching was speedily on present as a single straight right left Mir unable to keep on in the closing seconds of the opening round.
Pulev hopes to resume his boxing occupation subsequent yr, with promoter Ivaylo Gotzev telling Sky Sporting activities that he had been contacted about a struggle from British contender Joe Joyce.
“We’ve been having a lot of gives. Joe Joyce is searching for us,” Gotzev advised Sky Athletics.
“Kubrat is definitely not a stepping stone for no-1, so we are going to decide and choose our battles, and get him back to in which he feels excellent.
“It is all about how he desires to enter the ring and how long he wishes to keep heading for.”