The fighters touch gloves and immediately begin firing bombs. Amaya happens to land a solid hook on Gomes’ jaw and grabs a rear-naked choke with no hooks in. Gomes leans forward and bucks him off, quickly taking Amaya’s back after the Floridian hits the floor off a failed push kick. The action is too quick to call soon after, as neither fighter appears concerned for his well-being. Both men eat heavy shots, but neither go down. Amaya lands a nice right uppercut that puts Gomes on the deck. The Brazilian rises, only to be briefly floored again with a right hand. We are only halfway through the frame and both men look gassed. Never mind, as Amaya floors the 41-fight vet with another hard hook and pounces looking for the finish. Though Gomes does his best to hold on, Amaya manages to pound him out with hammer fists, forcing referee Kerry Hatley to stop the contest 3:12 into the first round. Amaya is your first welterweight semifinalist.