ONE bantamweight (61.3 - 65.8kg)
RESULT: Saandulaev wins by rear naked choke submission
In a youth-versus-experience match-up, 22-year-old Jordan “Showtime” Lucas challenged the seasoned veteran Yusuf “Maestro” Saadulaev, who entered with a 14-4 previous record and 10 submissions. During the opening minutes, Lucas repeatedly evaded Saadulaev’s attempts to take the fight to the mat. But when the Russian landed a heavy right hook to the head that dropped Lucas, the jiu jitsu black belt pounced. A flurry of hard rights and a slipped leg-hold later, Saadulaev somersaulted around the Australian muay thai champion to execute a press-down rear naked choke hold and secure his 11th submission victory. In a heartening show of sportsmanship, Lucas hoisted the Russian onto his shoulders for a parade around the cage – no hard love in loss here.
Photo: Nyan Zay Htet