Mike Santiago managed to score a win via stoppage in his UFC debut, but like most Octagon athletes lacking hype, he’s going to have to climb up the ladder with more wins if he’s ever going to get off these Fight Pass cards. Zabit Magomedsharipov hasn’t yet fought in the UFC, but he’s a Dagestani, and those guys eat whole goats and crap out hammers still glowing hot from the forge.
Apparently steadfast in his belief that “if it ain’t spinning, it ain’t a strike”, Magomedsharipov comes out for Round 1 throwing spinning kicks like those are the only types of kicks there are in the game. However, whenever Santiago gets close to attempt a takedown or just apply some stifling pressure, the Dagestani lights him with knees and elbows – plus, Magomedsharipov’s takedown defense is good enough to stuff Santiago repeatedly. Santiago manages one brief takedown, but he’s fighting a beast and he knows it.
Much to his eventual dismay, Santiago gets his wish in Round 2, as Magomedsharipov starts dragging the American to the canvas, getting behind him, and alternating between trying to get the hooks in and trying to get the choke. After some work, Santiago finds room to scramble, but Magomedsharipov stays on him, and soon has a sufficient amount of Santiago’s neck to sink that choke. Santiago taps.
Results: Zabit Magomedsharipov def. Mike Santiago via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:22, R2