July 3, 2010

Ricardo Romero’s UFC debut wasn’t flawless, but he was able to pull out a decisive finish over “The Ultimate Fighter 2” participant Seth Petruzelli in the second round by straight arm bar.

Seth Petruzelli, who returned to the Octagon after three years of working his way back to the UFC, had Romero in trouble on their feet several times in the first round, wobbling him and dropping him late with a left hand uppercut. But Romero weathered the striking assault and was able to find success on the ground, mounting Petruzelli and was working for a rear naked choke as the first round expired.

Petruzelli’s pace slowed as the fight went on and Romero’s grappling and submission skills came alive. At 3:05 of the second round, Romero applied an armbar that forced Petruzelli to tap out. The replay of the finishing move showed Petruzelli’s arm pop at the eblow.

“I’m a little disappointed,” Romero said following the fight. “I stuck with it, but we’ve got a lot of work… I knew I was losing on the cards.”

“The Ultimate Fighter 10” finalist and Shane Carwin training partner Brendan Schaub made quick work of Brock Lesnar teammate Chris Tuchscherer, finishing by technical knockout at the 1:07 mark of the first round.

Schaub landed a right hand to the temple that sent Tuchscherer to the canvas where he ended the fight with strikes on the ground improving his professional record to 6-1.

“I was really surprised I was able to hurt him and knock him out because he’s a really tough guy. He’s 18-2. It wasn’t something I planned on it being a quick fight,” said Shaub in his post-fight interview.

“I come from a really good gym and I’m always getting better. I’m open to all challenges.”