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UFC Auckland video: Marcos Rogerio de Lima faceplants Ben Sosoli with flurry of punches in first round

UFC Fight Night: Sosoli v Da Lima Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Marcos Rogerio de Lima played spoiler by ruining the homecoming of local favorite Ben Sosoli on the main card at UFC Auckland.

The Brazilian showcased his heavy hands in a rapid-fire exchange with Sosoli that left the former Ultimate Fighter competitor face down on the canvas at just 1:28 into the opening round.

The two heavyweights wasted no time throwing heavy leather as soon as the fight got started, which seemingly played right into de Lima’s strategy.

As he stepped onto his back foot, de Lima invited Sosoli to move forward as he began unleashing a series of heavy-handed punches.

It was a right hook that clubbed Sosoli in the side of the head and sent him crashing to the ground as the referee rushed into stop the fight.

De Lima celebrated his victory while picking up his fourth knockout or TKO since joining the UFC roster. He has now bounced back and forth between wins and losses over his past nine fights with his overall record inside the Octagon now sitting at 6-4.

As for Sosoli, he’s endured a tough run over his past three fights with two no contests and now the knockout loss to de Lima on Saturday night.