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PITTSBURGH – Daniel Spitz needed just 24 seconds to put away Anthony Hamilton at UFC Fight Night 116, but don’t call it luck.

According to Spitz (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), the right hand counter that put Hamilton (15-8 MMA, 3-6 UFC) down early was the result of some good film study by himself and his team at the Sikjitsu gym in Spokane, Wash.

“I knew when he throws a right hand, his head always tends to lean forward,” Spitz told MMAjunkie following his FS1-televised win at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. “Me and my coach both picked up on that, and we drilled that same combination literally thousands of times. It just worked, you know.”

The counter right was what put Hamilton down, but it was the follow-up punches from the side that convinced referee Dan Miragliotta to call it off. Hamilton appeared to object to the stoppage, and the crowd reacted with some initial boos. But Spitz had no issue with it.

“I don’t think it was early,” Spitz said. “The ref has a hard job. I’m never going to critique what he does. I hit (Hamilton) four or five times unanswered. As a heavyweight … I think that’s a good stoppage. But it’s not on me to decide.”

As for his decision to call out fellow UFC heavyweight Chase Sherman after his win, Spitz explained it didn’t stem from any animosity, but rather from a desire to get back in the cage soon since his quick win left him healthy enough for a quick turnaround.

And as for why he chose “The Vanilla Gorilla” as his target opponent?

“The Sherman thing is nothing personal,” Spitz said. “I like the way he fights, and I think it’d be a fun fight.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 116, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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