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Diego Rivas enters knockout of the year contention with flying knee at UFC Fight Night 82

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Diego Rivas (7-0) may have secured the knockout of the year – and it's only February.

Taking on Noah Lahat (9-2) at UFC Fight Night 82 in Las Vegas, Rivas struggled throughout Round 1 as he was out-grappled by his foe and pinned with his back to the mat.

After surviving a few seemingly close submission attempts, Rivas entered Round 2 aggressively.

Violence followed.

Rivas timed a flying knee perfectly as his opponent stepped in, putting Lahat out on impact.

FOX Sports: UFC's official Twitter account captured the action:

While Rivas scored the impressive victory, the scene was a bit scary, as Lahat lay unconscious on the canvas for quite some time. After a few tense minutes passed, Lahat was able to walk backstage with support.