LONDON (AP) Thiago "Pitbull" Alves stopped former welterweight champion Matt Hughes 62 seconds into the second round, stunning him with a flying knee and then finishing him with a right to the head for a TKO win at UFC 85 on Saturday.
Alves, a 24-year-old Brazilian who used to earn money as a ballroom dance partner for older women, improved his record to 21-4. Hughes, 34, a fighting farmer from Hillsboro, Ill., who has lost three of his last four mixed martial arts fights, fell to 43-7.
"Please give me a title shot," Alves urged UFC president Dana White after the fight.
In the co-main event at the Millennium Dome, England's Michael "The Count" Bisping stopped middleweight Canadian Jason "Dooms" Day by TKO at 3:42 of the first round.