Former Strikeforce and DREAM champion Gegard Mousasi showed impressive form when he forced Filipino-American middleweight Mark Muñoz to submit to a first-round rear naked choke in the main event of UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Berlin, Germany.
Both 185-pounders were looking to bounce back from a loss to middleweight contender Lyoto Machida. It was the Armenian-born Dutch mixed martial artist, though, that emerged the victor in this one, making short work of the man they call ‘The Filipino Wrecking Machine’.
Mousasi rendered Muñoz’ wrestling ineffective and worked into position to finish his opponent on the ground.
The fight began with Mousasi mindful of his foe’s takedown ability. The Filipino’s first attempt ended with Mousasi almost reversing and both fighters returning to their feet. After a couple of blows, Mousasi stuffed another try from Muñoz before going for a submission attempt.
After his opponent escaped, Mousasi went after Muñoz back again and finally completed the submission win.
Mousasi improved his record to 35-4 with 2 draws and 2-1 in the UFC.
Muñoz, meanwhile, suffered a third loss in his last four fights. All three losses were finishes with two of them coming by way of knockouts.
In the co-main event, CB Dolloway looked solid in his bout against top-10 middleweight Francis Carmont, taking a three-round decision to win for the fourth time in his last five fights.
Dolloway had Carmont hurt with a left hook in the first round but could not get the finish. He then flaunted his superior wrestling and grappling the rest of the way.