Anthony Perosh picked up another win at light-heavyweight this evening after submitting Cyrille Diabate at UFC 138.
Diabate patiently stalked Perosh in the opening round, firing off some hard body kicks at times that quickly left the Aussie with rapidly reddening ribs while a punch opened a small cut below his eye.
Perosh clearly wanted no part of Diabate in the stand-up realm, but at first his takedown attempts were too slow and cumbersome and were easily stuffed.
In the closing stages of the round Perosh did finally get Diabate on the mat however, but didn’t do much with the position.
Perosh faired much better in the second round, quickly taking the striker down and dominating him on the ground, swiftly moving to the mount position and then moving to his back to threaten with a choke, though Diabate escapes.
The Australian is still on top though and goes on to look for an arm triangle, but again is foiled and takes Diabates back again, raining down hard blows before cinching up another rear-naked choke and this time it’s deep and forces the tap.
Things didn’t look good for Perosh in the early stages of this fight, but he did well to turn it around in his favor and is now 2-0 at light-heavyweight. Not bad for a 39 year-old who was originally brought in as an extremely late replacement to fight Mirko Cro Cop in Australia last year.