Makwan Amirkhani may have saved his job earlier today (Sat., Mar. 19, 2022) at UFC London live on ESPN+ from inside O2 Arena in London, England, when the featherweight veteran ended a three-fight losing streak to stop Mike Grundy with an anaconda choke just 57 seconds into the first round.
Both fighters are extremely good wrestlers, but it was still surprising to see Grundy level change and shoot inside in the opening seconds of the fight. Amirkhani quickly grabbed a hold of his neck and locked up the choke. Grundy tried to survive, but once Amirkhani secured his leg and started to crank Grundy went out cold and the referee had to step in.
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Amirkhani, 33, needed a big in the worst way and did exactly that. “Mr. Finland” is one of the more talented grapplers in the UFC’s featherweight division and he showed that against a gritty fighter like Grundy. This should buy Amirkhani some time moving forward and allow him to try to work his way towards the division’s top 15.
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