Daniel Sarafian vs. Kiichi Kunimoto
Round 1: Sarafian takes the center of the cage. Kunimoto lands first with an outside leg kick. Sarafian steps in with a combination that stunned Kunimoto. Kunimoto answers with a jab followed by a leg kick. He presses Sarafian against the cage. He takes Sarafian down after a brief period in the clinch. Sarafian holds on to the head of Kunimoto. Kunimoto moves to side control. Sarafian gives up his back. Kunimoto applies a rear naked choke. It’s under the chin. Sarafian tries to defend it but can’t. He taps out to the choke.
The official time of the submission was 2:52 of the opening round.
“I am very pleased with how the fight went. I was considered a big underdog but I never felt that way. I always was confident in my abilities. I know some people had questions about me, especially with how my last fight played out, but hopefully I answered those questions tonight.”
“He caught me in a bad position. I made mistakes but I will be back better. Congrats to Kiichi.”