Cung Le used one "lucky" strike to cut short the script at UFC on Fuel 6 at the Cotai Arena in Macau.
The 40-year-old who has split his time between movies and MMA crumpled former middleweight champ Rich Franklin midway through the first round of the UFC's first stop in China.
"That's the biggest fight of my life," Le said on Fuel TV after the fight. "I couldn't ask for anything more. I am grateful. I don't know what to say. Lucky punch."
Franklin followed up a kick that caught Le in the quad and with a punch when Le unleashed the right hand that landed on Franklin's jaw.
"I came in and waited for him to punch and caught him with an overhand right," Le said.
Franklin appeared to be out before he hit the ground. He was tended to immediately as he lay on the mat, but righted himself as Cung was declared the winner.
Le, who has been a fast starter in his previous fights, was more measured in the first round against Franklin, who had the reach advantage. That changed quickly as Le...