The UFC arrived in Saskatoon on Sunday night for the first time in its history. The undercard featured six fights, four of which were finished inside the first round.
The 7,000 plus fans inside the SaskTel Centre were getting their money's worth. In the Feature Fight on the Prelim card Sam Stout, a veteran of 33 fights took on 26-year-old Frankie Perez.
Perez, in only his second fight in the UFC, stunned the Canadian audience by knocking out Stout in just 52 seconds.
Perez jumped on top of the cage and screamed "I did it, Mom" into the camera. There was a buzz on social media. Twitter was blowing up with "I did it, Mom".
There was a palpable excitement about this young lightweight at the bright beginning of his UFC career and picking up the biggest win of his career in devastating fashion.
UFC Saskatoon was trending on Twitter and all the talk was whether or not Sam Stout should retire after a third straight knockout loss. What was about to transpire sent the twittersphere into a spin.
John Anik proceeded to interview the victor inside the octagon. Perez, now 10-2, claimed:
"I just fought one of my favourite fighters of all time."
Clearly somewhat emotional he went on to say:
"I train with the best guys on the planet...I have the utmost confidence to beat anyone in this division".
At that point the world was expecting Perez to call out a top ten guy or be humble and say whoever the UFC puts in front of me but instead he said.
"This is my first win in the UFC and my last. I'm done after this".
There was some theories that perhaps this had something to do with the Reebok deal and Michael Bisping even suggested that he wasn't cut out for the fight game.
I think the fight we had just watched proved he was more than man enough for the sport. All conspiracies aside it is definitely admirable for a 26-year-old to have the strength and will to retire having achieved what he wanted from the sport, not taking any more punishment.
We see so many fighters fighting way passed the moment they should have retired but did Perez leave too early in his career?