Middleweight Brian Stann got back to proving why he’s a force to be reckoned with at 185 pounds yesterday after taking out always-tough striker Alessio Sakara in co-headlining action at UFC on Fuel 2. The victory came midway through the opening round of action after hurting him with a few knees, then pounding out a TKO win shortly thereafter.

The performance improved Stann’s record to 4-1 since dropping down to middleweight and helped erase the taste of a submission loss in his previous outing. The 31-year old offered up his reaction on the successful showing in an interview with Fuel TV after the show’s conclusion where he walked fans through the finishing sequence.

“I hit him behind the ear once and I could hear him say something Italian so I was pretty sure he was ready to stop the fight. Hit him with a couple of elbows and that was it,” explained Stann, stating the outcome mirrored his gameplan for the most part.

“It always feels great to get a win,” Stann continued. “At this level people don’t understand how hard it is to win consecutive fights. There’s so much chance involved in this game and I’m just glad I was able to put together a camp at home different from what I’m used to and come back out with a good win.”

The 12-4 Stann trained in his hometown rather than New Mexico at Greg Jackson’s gym for the first time in years, opting to stay close to his family after the untimely death of his brother-in-law this past December.

Check out the full interview below: