In the weeks leading up to The Awakening, Katana Cagefighting debut, Hector "H-Train" Munoz became the face of mixed martial arts in South Texas.
It took only moments - no, seconds, 45 seconds to be exact - to make the sold-out crowd in the Central Pavilion Arena all believers Saturday night.
The Corpus Christi-native beat Austin's Duece King a mere 45 seconds into the first round while applying a sudden and strong choke hold.
Munoz, who trains at the Full Contact Fight Academy in Corpus Christi, took King to the ground and applied the chokehold. Almost instantly, King tapped out.
There were nine other fights leading up to the headlining event, but the dramatic ending to the night brought everyone in the arena to his or her feet.
Munoz was one of a handful of Corpus Christi fighters who won Saturday night. Earlier in the show, Ryan Durbin ended his match with Houston Anthony Dominguez with a submission arm hold, which later won the "Sickest Move of the Night" honors.
Danny Perez of the Full Contact Fight Academy beat San Angelo's Chad Harlow with a series of punches.
In the second fight of the night, Corpus Christi's Adam Ibarra thrilled the crowd with an impressive series of blows.
Katana Cagefighting president Ron Voss said he was pleased with the showing by all of the fighters and was excited by the turnout. Voss said another MMA fight card is already planned for Aug. 23 at the Central Pavilion Arena of the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds.
Former Corpus Christi Rayz hockey player and brawler Geoff Bumstead is scheduled to headline the event, which has been titled, "Equi-Knocks."