When Shane Carwin arrived in the UFC two years ago, he boasted an impressive record of 8-0 with three first-round knockouts and five first-round submissions, but some people scoffed at the quality of the opposition he had faced. Now he's 12-0, he's still finished everyone in the first round, and no one is scoffing as Carwin prepares to fight Brock Lesnar for the UFC heavyweight title.
I don't know if Karlos Vemola, who signed with the UFC this week, is going to have a Carwin-like impact in the Octagon. But his record looks awfully similar: Vermola is 7-0 with three first-round knockouts and four first-round submissions. In fact, Vemola has been finishing his opponents even faster than Carwin: Five of Vemola's seven fights have ended within 50 seconds. You can watch most of Vemola's fights below.
Here's Vemola's shortest fight, a five-second knockout of Bill Georgitsis:
Here's Vemola's longest fight, a submission win over Szilvester Silbont at 3:14 of the first round:
Here's Vemola needing just 15 seconds to finish Markus Hipp:
Here's Vemola beating Stav Economou with a rear-naked choke at 1:57 of the first round:
Here's Vemola knocking out Peter Yendall in 49 seconds:
Here's Vemola pounding Patric Carroll in 44 seconds:
Now, I know what you're thinking. A bunch of poor-quality videos of Vemola fighting poor-quality opponents don't mean anything. And it's certainly true that Jon Madsen, the former Ultimate Fighter cast member who will fight Vemola at UFC 116, will be Vemola's toughest opponent to date. But i have to say, I'm excited to see what this guy can do in the Octagon. I don't think he's going to be Shane Carwin, but I do think he's going to be good.