That man on Saturday would be Matt Riddle.
Riddle established early on that his weapon of choice would be the takedown. He scored several in round one, but mounted little damage.
In the second stanza, however, Riddle again scored the takedown, but this time he maintained superior positioning throughout the round, grounding and pounding Mills. Riddle did a good job keeping his weight on Mills, wearing him down, and then mixing in some sharp knees to the body, and then stayed glued to Mills as the Englishman tried to wriggle free, but couldn’t.
Mills came out strong in the final round, engaging in a solid exchange on the feet, but Riddle returned to his bread and butter, elevating and planting Mills on his back once again.
Riddle’s grappling was just far too superior, allowing him to control the majority of the fight and keep Mills from scoring.
Mills made a valiant effort, reversing Riddle in the final minute of the fight, and then returning to his feet, but Riddle took that away from him, finishing the fight in a clinch on the fence.
The fight didn’t score a lot of favor from fans, but perhaps more puzzling was the judges’ decision.
Riddle dominated with his wrestling, but one of the judges still saw fit to score the fight in Mills’ favor, making it a split decision victory for Riddle.