Bubba McDaniel vs. Sean Strickland
Round 1: McDaniel lands a kick to the body and Strickland counters with a straight right hand. Strickland inches forward. McDaniel misses with a high kick. McDaniel presses forward. Strickland lands a right hand. McDaniel ducks under a punch and elevates Strickland and puts him on his back. Strickland quickly gets back to his feet and they battle for position inside the clinch. Strickland secures a takedown. McDaniel works to get to his feet, but Strickland keeps him down. Strickland works from the half guard position. He postures up and lands a right hand. Strickland postures and unloads punches. Stricklands moves to side control. McDaniel rolls and Strickland takes his back. Strickland applies a rear naked choke and it’s in deep. McDaniel is forced to tap out.
The official time of the submission was 4:33 of the first round.
“I really wanted to stand and bang with him since this is my debut. I wanted to go out there and finish it for the fans. I’m a ground guy first and foremost so being able to showcase my striking was important to me. After I clipped him with a couple good shots he made it clear that he wanted to go to the ground. I was totally good with that because I knew my submission game is better than his. Luckily, I was able to lock in the choke and get the win. Can’t wait for the next one!”
“I fought terribly. This is the second fight in a row that I’ve lost and I should’ve won them both. It’s very frustrating.”