Jul 21, 2012; Calgary, AB, CANADA; Ryan Jimmo celebrates his win against Anthony Perosh (not pictured) during the light heavyweight bout of UFC 149 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, BC. Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE
He stepped into the cage against Anthony Perosh, a 40-year-old Australian veteran who had surprisingly gone 3-0 with three stoppage victories in the UFC since making the cut down to 205 pounds at UFC 149 this past Saturday night (July 21, 2012) and while Jimmo hasn't been known for his knockout power, the "Big Deal" stepped forward and cracked Perosh with a huge right hand that landed flush and deprived "The Hippo" of his senses.
And it all happened in just seven seconds, tying an official UFC record for fastest knockout.
While Jimmo was obviously pleased with the result, he's also being honest with himself and doesn't feel he's ready for the big boys in the UFC's 205-pound division.
At least, not yet.
The Canadian training out of Imperial Athletics can still remember an eerily parallel and very specific example of another fighter who made a huge splash on the undercard in his UFC debut -- only to fizzle out before his hype train could even get rolling.
That would be Todd Duffee.
Speaking to Bloody Elbow Radio this past Tuesday, Jimmo explained that he's going to learn from the past mistakes of his peers and he's not ready to be fast-tracked up the divisional ladder at this point in time.
"To be honest, some guys after this, look at Todd Duffee, who really wanted to be fast-tracked right after his knockout of Tim Hague and that's not what I want. I want to do slow and consistent, climb up the ranks. I'd rather build myself slowly and consistently and make sure that my climb is a sure one as opposed to guys who get rocketed up too fast and are not quite ready for that level and they fall off. That's my thought process. "
There are plenty of examples other than Duffee as well. Rory MacDonald facing Carlos Condit in his second UFC fight, Ovince St. Preux being thrown in against Gegard Mousasi and Lorenz Larkin taking on Muhammed Lawal are all recent cases where a prospect was thrown against a veteran a bit too early in their career and was humbled.
Do you think Jimmo is taking the intellectual approach, or do you want to see how he fares against the division's elite?