Pre-fight talk is stopped quickly with a choke in the first round.
All of the pre-fight talk between Brendan Schaub and Matt Mitrione before UFC 165 fizzled out in the first round as the ‘Hybrid’ won by D’Arce choke a little more than four minutes into their fight.
Schaub put his hand up to touch gloves as the fight started, but Mitrione would have none of it. Mitrione grazed Schaub with a right hand, but the two then swung wildly, each looking for the quick knockout.
Already cut, Schaub landed a big right hand that cut Mitrione. Mitrione tried to answer with a head kick, and Schaub came forward for a takedown that Mitrione shrugged away. Schaub pushed forward with a big combination that backed Mitrione up. Mitrione smiled his way through it, but Schaub picked him up for a strong takedown.
And on the ground, Schaub imposed his will. He went after a choke, and with referee Dan Miragliotta looking in, Mitrione gave thumbs-up. But Schaub had it in tight, and seconds later, Mitrione was unconscious from the D’Arce choke with the referee pulling Schaub off.
Schaub (10-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) won for the second straight time after his February win over Lavar Johnson, which snapped a two-fight skid.
Mitrione (6-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) is back in the loss column after an April knockout over Philip De Fries in just 19 seconds.