Emily Whitmire set things off earlier tonight (Sun., Feb. 17, 2019) at UFC on ESPN 1 from inside Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, when she submitted previously undefeated Russian prospect Aleksandra Albu via rear-naked choke in the opening bout of the ESPN+ “Prelims.”
It didn’t take long for Whitmire to shrug off Albu’s advancements on the fight and secure a slamming takedown. From there, “Spitfire” stayed busy on top and forced Albu to make a mistake. Once Albu tried to get back to her feet Whitmire quickly jumped on her back and locked in the rear-naked choke. Albu briefly defended before the grip was tightened and she was forced to tap just 61 seconds into the fight.
Check out the highlights above courtesy of UFC.
With this performance, Whitmire wins her second-straight bout at 115 pounds and records the fastest submission victory in UFC women’s strawweight history. Whitmire has always been a talented fighter she just needed to put it all together. There is still work to do for the 27-year-old, but tonight’s submission victory is a huge step in the right direction.
For complete UFC Phoenix results and coverage click here.