Ramiz Brahimaj submits Hong Kong’s Sasha Palatnikov at UFC Vegas 34
Hong Kong’s Sasha Palatnikov has now suffered back-to-back submission losses after being on the receiving end of a rear-naked choke from Ramiz Brahimaj at at UFC Vegas 34 on Saturday night (local time).
Making his sophomore UFC appearance, Brahimaj earned his first win inside the octagon with ferocious intent. Having almost lost an ear in his debut defeat to Max Griffin in November he came roaring out of the blocks here.
The pair exchanged jabs before the American stormed forward to secure the double leg against the side of the cage.
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Palatnikov found his feet but was soon tossed back down to the canvas. Brahimaj worked his way into half guard before stepping over to find full mount.
The American got off a couple of punches and then transitioned to take his Palatnikov’s back. From there, he wasted little time before locking in the choke.
To his credit, Palatnikov showed tremendous resilience to avoid tapping despite Brahimaj having the submission sunk in deep. The 32-year-old tried to battle his way out, but Brahimaj had applied the body triangle to perfection and there would be no escape as Palatnikov lost consciousness.
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Palatnikov earned a fight of the night bonus for beating Louis Cosce at UFC 255 and looked like he was very comfortable competing inside the octagon. But he was submitted by Impa Kasanganay at UFC Vegas 23 and is now coming off back to back submission defeats as his record slips to 6-4.
Meanwile, Brahimaj extends his record to 9-3 and was delighted to finally get his first UFC win.
Speaking to the media after the fight he said,
“Wow, it feels good. It feels long overdue, but it’s one of those things, it brings you down to Earth. I could say, ‘Oh, I want Kamaru Usman next’, but I got a long way to go. Tonight was a start. I’m humbled and honoured to be here, especially after my last fight. It’s been a turbulent two years, especially how I did it in this fight. Words can’t describe it.”