ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Joe Proctor grew one of the biggest hematomas in UFC history and then earned himself a finish.
Justin Salas landed a punch that sprouted a nasty hematoma on the side of Proctor’s head near his ear. That didn’t seem to faze Proctor, though, because the Boston native blasted Salas shortly after and finished on the ground with a TKO at 3:27 of the second round Wednesday at UFC Fight Night here at Revel.
"I’ve been looking for that TKO, that knockout and finally it came," Proctor said afterward. "I’m so happy it came."
Proctor’s hematoma was so big that he had trouble keeping his baseball cap on post fight. Not that it even mattered as the lightweight earned his sixth win in seven fights. Proctor (10-2) is not regarded as a blue-chip prospect at age 28, but he finds ways to win fights and there’s certainly something to be said for that.
Salas (12-6) was the slight favorite coming in after an absolute starching of Ben Wall in his last fight. And the Colorado native looked good in a back-and-forth first round. By the time the second came along, both men showed signs of damage on their face. Salas’ right eye was cut, but Proctor was wearing far more serious-looking evidence that he was in a fist fight.
Salas has now lost two of three and really hasn’t separated himself from the pack at 155 pounds. It’ll be interesting to see where he goes from here.