Alexandre Pantoja locked down his eighth career submission win earlier tonight (Sat., Nov. 17, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 140 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Parque Roca Arena in Buenos Aires, Argentina, when he choked out Ulka Sasaki in the first round via rear-naked choke.
Pantoja found himself on his back early, but eventually grabbed a hold of Sasaki’s leg. That’s all that Pantoja needed to transition to back control and threaten with a rear-naked choke. Sasaki fought valiantly to remove the arm from his throat, but the Brazilian’s squeeze was just too tight.
Check out the submission finish above courtesy of UFC.
With this performance, Pantoja improves his UFC record to 4-1 and locks down his second win since losing to Dustin Ortiz earlier this year. Considering Sasaki is no slouch in the flyweight division, this victory should provide Pantoja a nice boost heading into 2019. And with a somewhat washed out division around him, Pantoja could enter title contention with another win or two, especially if they’re finishes like this one.
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