For former American Olympic Judo team member Rick Hawn, the question going into his Season 6 Lightweight Quarterfinal fight with Ricardo Tirloni was how effective he would be in his first trip to 155 pounds. The answer was clear. With both men exchanging early in the opening round, Hawn appeared to be the aggressor as he stalked Tirloni and forced him against the cage. Tirloni was able to land some clean leg kicks that certainly impressed the Laredo crowd. However, the power of Hawn proved to be too much for Tirloni midway through the first round as he landed a right hand behind the ear of the Brazilian that sent him crashing to the canvas. After a barrage of strikes, the fight was stopped at 2:36 of the opening round.
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