Chas Skelly delivered a savage knee to the face of Mark Striegl as the Filipino favourite fell to his second successive knockout loss inside the octagon. ‘Mugen’ has often been touted as one of the best fighters in South East Asia and boasts a first round submission win against #6-ranked UFC flyweight Kai Kara-France.

But he has now logged back-to-back losses for the first time in his career and is winless in his two UFC appearances.  Striegl landed a solid body kick in the opening round before getting tied up against the fence by Skelly.

The Tokyo-born fighter described Skelly as a ‘wildman’ ahead of the fight and it was the ‘The Scrapper’ who was applying more pressure in the clinch although Striegl did get off some decent shots to the body.

Body lock

Skelly was an all American wrestler growing up and was able to use the body lock to trip Striegl to the canvas. Despite a prolonged spell of ground control from the larger man, the former URCC champion stayed busy off of his back and was able to land a pair of up kicks at the end of the round.

The Texan was again able to get the fight to the ground after showing good work against the fence in the second stanza. Striegl found his feet with both fighters landing solid crosses in the exchanges.

But Skelly showed heavier hands and battered his opponent with an elbow and a big straight before dropping him with the knee. The ground and pound swiftly followed, and five hammerfist right hands brought an end to the contest.

Skelly improves to 19-3 after winning what was advertized as a retirement bout. Striegl slips to 18-4 and his UFC future looks uncertain.

Best of the rest

The main event lasted less than three minutes. Jamahal Hill lived up to his nickname ‘Sweet Dreams’ as he slept Johnny Walker with an overhand right in the first round. The victory was Hill’s second straight KO following his first-round finish against Jimmy Crute in December. His record climbs to 10-1. Walker slips to 18-7.

UFC Vegas 48, Las Vegas, Nevada, Saturday February 19th
Jamahal Hill def. Johnny Walker via KO (Punches) at 2:55 of Round 1
Kyle Daukaus def. Jamie Pickett via Submission (D’Arce choke) at 4:59 of Round 1
Parker Porter def. Alan Baudot via Decision (Unanimous)
Jim Miller def. Nikolas Motta via TKO (Punches) at 1:58 of Round 2
Joaquin Buckley def. Abdul Razak Alhassan via Decision (Split)
David Onama def. Gabriel Benitez via KO (Punches) at 4:24 of Round 1
Stephanie Egger def. Jessica-Rose Clark via Submission (armbar) at 3:44 of Round 1
Chas Skelly def. Mark Striegl via TKO (Knee and punches) at 2:01 of Round 2
Gloria de Paula def. Diana Belbita via Decision (Unanimous)
Chad Anheliger def. Jesse Strader via TKO (Punches) at 3:33 of Round 3
Jonathan Pearce def. Christian Rodriguez via Decision (Unanimous)
Mario Bautista def. Jay Perrin via Decision (Unanimous)