It didn’t take long for Rousimar Palhares to do what Rousimar Palhares does.
“Toquinho” successfully defended his World Series of Fighting welterweight title with a first-round submission of Jon Fitch at WSOF 16 on Saturday at the McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento, Calif.
Palhares secured one of his signature leglocks, forcing the fellow-former UFC fighter to tap out at just 90 seconds into the evening’s main event.
“I’m the best in the world,” Palhares said, after expressing a feeling of euphoria.
After the fight went to the ground, Palhares grappled with Fitch to the edge of securing the finishing hold. Fitch worked for several seconds to avoid getting caught in a deeper position, but Palhares adjusted at the right moment and pulled back on the hold resulting in Fitch tapping while screaming in pain.
Palhares is now on a three-fight win streak and remains undefeated in the WSOF.
In the co-main event, Lance Palmer earned the WSOF featherweight title with a submission of Rick Glenn. Once on the ground in the third round, Glenn worked to secure his opponent’s back and sunk in the rear-naked choke.
Earlier main-card winners included Shaymon Moraes, who came out with a split decision over Gabriel Solorio. Also, Josh Berkovic scored a unanimous decision over Brenson Hansen.
Preliminary card results are as follows:
Lewis Gonzalez def. Justin Buchholz via split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)
Dave Huckaba def. C.J. Leveque via TKO (strikes), Round 2, 1:47
David Mitchell def. Justin Baesman via submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1, 1:44
Dominic Waters def. Martin Sano via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Erick Sanchez def. Drey Mitchell via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Jason Powell def. Chris Avila via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Joseph Morales def. Christian Espinosa via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)
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