As expected there was barely a feeling out process between Chris Leben and Wanderlei Silva.

Silva went in for the kill almost immediately with a flurry of his trademark looping lefts and rights, a couple of which connected but Leben ate them and then prepared to return fire.

A big left hook of his own appeared to momentarily stop Silva dead in his tracks and he smelled blood.

Grabbing a single collar tie Leben began blasting uppercuts to Silva’s jawline, dropping him to the mat and then continuing to pound on him until Silva lost consciousness.

And so the battle of the brawlers was over in just 27 seconds, with Leben elated and silva shaking in his head in despair after regaining conciousness.

Silva turns 35 tomorrow, and he’ll really have to evaluate where his career goes from here with his chin now looking like a real liability, while Leben once again rejuvinates his fortunes in the middleweight division and continues to be one of the most entertaining fighters around.