'Rumble' Johnson knocks out Bader in 1st round of UFC bout


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Anthony "Rumble" Johnson pounced on Ryan Bader and finished the light heavyweight bout with a series of ground strikes to win by knockout in the main event of UFC's Fight Night on Saturday night.

Johnson (21-5) scaled the octagon and beckoned at the fans to cheer even louder. He seemed to perch atop the fence longer than the actual bout.

Bader (21-5) came right at Johnson but his offense wouldn't last long. Johnson sat on Bader's back and swung away with powerful punches to the back of the head to win the match at 1:26 of the first.

Up next is a likely title match.

Ben Rothwell (36-9) choked out former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett (34-8) in the second round of their heavyweight bout at the Prudential Center.