War Machine stepped into the cage last night at Ultimate Warrior Fighting 1 for the first time since serving his year long prison sentence.

The controversial fighter was released in July and has been training ever since to get back to full fitness, and he didn’t give himself an easy first fight back, opting to take on former UFC and Bellator star Roger Huerta in a welterweight showdown.

The two men fought the best part of three rounds, and despite not having fought for roughly 16 months it was War Machine who came out on top in the battle before sealing victory with a TKO courtesy of ground and pound.

Afterwards Huerta revealed that a cracked rib had hampered his training and he believes he then broke it during the fight.

War Machine later posted on his Twitter account that he too had suffered an injury in training.

“So glad I won! I sprained my ankle bad 2 weeks ago and was worried. Thank God Texas allows ankle tape! Roger is a tough guy, great fight!”

Overall this was a good win for War Machine against a respectable opponent and takes his career record to 12-4, while Huerta continues to falter, holding just one win in his last six outings for a 21-6-1 (1nc) record.