UFC on Fox 8 went off Saturday night at the Key Arena in Seattle, WA. Before the main card started at 8 pm EST, 2 fights were featured on the UFC's Facebook page. The Bantamweights got it started in a Catchweight bout after John Albert missed weight. Lightweights Aaron Riley and Justin Salas closed out the Facebook card.
Meza started off the action with an early takedown. That set the tone for a ground battle throughout the first round. The two Bantamweights scrambled back and forth while trading submission attempts with Albert coming close on an armbar and escaping a mounted guillotine attempt from Meza in the closing seconds. A quick exchange on the feet to open round 2 led to Albert grabbing a front choke. He transitioned from there to a triangle. The submission attempt burnt out Albert's legs and he gave up position when Meza escaped. After taking back control Meza locked in a rear naked choke to get the tap.
Yaotzin Meza submitted John Albert via rear naked choke at 2:49 of round 2.
That was Albert's fourth consecutive loss in the Octagon in 5 UFC fights. It dropped his career record to 7-5 and probably lost his spot on the roster as well. Meza improved to 1-1 in the UFC (20-8 Overall) after getting thrown to the wolves in his promotional debut against Chad Mendes at UFC on FX 6.
Riley tried to pressure Salas on the feet by taking the center of the Octagon. Salas circled out consistently countering with solid punches and kicks. Salas right eye showed damage early from looked like an errant finger. A couple takedowns from Salas, but Riley returned to his feet quickly both times.
Salas got the better of the exchanges in the second and had Riley's nose pouring blood. The paced slowed toward the end of the round as Salas avoided Riley's shots from distance, while still jumping in to hit a few combos of his own.
Solid kick to the body from Salas opened up the round. Riley's been able to land some shots throughout the fight, but his limited arsenal has left him overmatched on the feet. Riley stepped in to counter a front kick and ate a defensive finger to the eye from Salas that paused the action. Salas went to grab a leg and ate a big kick to the face from Riley when he regained his footing. The fight ended with both men swinging for the fences.
Justin Salas took the split decision (29-28 x 2, 28-29) from the judges over Aaron Riley.
Riley dropped to 3-4 in his most recent UFC run and 30-14-1 in his career. At 32 years old and having given up losses to the lower tier of the Lightweight division, it's hard to say if the UFC will keep him around even though it's only his second consecutive loss. Salas picked up his second win in the Octagon improving his career record to 11-4.