A towering figure wearing nothing but tiny black shorts, a black hood and a menacing expression, stepped out from a cloud of smoke and punched the air.
The crowd cheered as Dave Swan, from Team Extreme in London, entered the ring and then fell silent, eagerly awaiting his opponent. Roger Woodward, from UK Storm in Dudley, bounded into the ring like an enthusiastic puppy, with a grin on his face and the Sex Pistols blaring in the background.
Even at first glance, the pair looked strangely mismatched. Although roughly the same weight - both under 70kgs and therefore lightweights - Swan, sporting a shaved head and tattoos, looked bigger. Woodward was skinny with a ponytail.
The crowd roared as the bell went for the first of three five-minute rounds and Swan pushed Woodward over.
As he sat astride him, pummelling him with his fists, I could hardly bear to watch. I was reminded of a wildlife programme when a lion pounces on a zebra.
Just ten seconds into round one, the referee stopped the fight. If I had blinked I would have missed it. Woodward was scooped up by one of the many paramedics and Swan announced as the winner.
So that was my first Mixed Martial Arts fight, and, to be honest, after all the hype it was a bit of an anti-climax. But it's a common occurrence in MMA because fighters often specialise in different disciplines so one may be clearly superior when they are pitted against each other.
MMA is a legitimate and highly-skilled sport, bringing together boxing, wrestling, karate, jiu-jitsu and kickboxing as well as other martial arts. The best MMA fighters are those able to fight in a range of methods, both on the floor and standing up.
Often billed incorrectly as 'no-holds-barred', MMA can be both bloody and brutal, but it has a strict set of rules and is carefully refereed with medical professionals close to hand.
There were nine fights on the bill for Sunday night's Anarchy Fight Night show at the Aston Event Centre, but one was cancelled at the last minute when a contestant weighed in at two stones above his required limit. His opponent, wisely, refused to fight.
Most of the contests were intended to be three rounds of five minutes but all except one were over in a round.
A fight between Westley Murch of Trojan Free Fighters in Bristol, and Neil Palmer from Tap or Snap in Kirkby in Ashfield did a better job of living up to my expectations of MMA. I was sat as close to the ring as I could get and heard the smack of flesh on flesh with every punch. I shuddered as someone yelled: "Come on, smack him up!"
Ricky Moore of City Vale and Billy Harris of Team Warrior, Fareham, lasted four minutes, their limbs tangled together on the floor in such a way you would think it was affectionate if they weren't in a boxing ring. Harris won using a 'naked choke hold', a judo move which sounds nastier than it is. One ex-champion said it was the nicest way to lose because "you just pass out and don't get any bruises".
The most aggressive fight was between Russian Sergai Kirieliug and Joey Van Roij from Holland. Van Roij was given a yellow card for ducking under the ropes to escape a grapple, but still managed to knock Kirieliug out.
The final fight, between heavyweights Dutch Valentijn Overeem and Stoke-on Trent's Ross Pointon, was over in a flash. Pointon went in with guns blazing but Valentijn, more used to fighting in Japan in front of audiences of 30,000, remained calm. After several strokes from Valentijn the referee stopped the fight.
One of the most important things to remember about MMA is that the referee's word is final. He will think nothing of stopping a fight, even after a few seconds, if he thinks someone is in danger. Despite the blood, fighters are rarely seriously hurt, but it's still not a sport for the squeamish.