Hawaiian fighters took home two of the three Fight Night bonuses at UFC Fight Night 34. One of those fighters was Russell Doane who pulled off the rare feat of earning the Submission of the Night in the opening fight of the event.
Doane made his UFC debut on Saturday, taking on another UFC debutant, Leandro Issa.
Doane showed solid takedown defense and striking early. However, it looked like he made a mistake when he jumped into the guard of Issa late in the first round. After engaging Issa on the ground, Doane spent the last minute of the round fighting off a triangle choke attempt from Issa.
Doane showcased his striking in the second round, namely his right hand, which rocked Issa several times. One of those rights had Issa diving in for a takedown, which Doane defended well. Doane took side control and worked ground strikes before transitioning to an armbar attempt. Issa was able to gain a reversal, which led to Doane locking on a triangle choke of his own.
As the clock clicked down, Doane looked up at the referee and told him to check on Issa who had gone limp from the hold. One second before the horn sounded to end the second round the fight was waved off and Doane took the technical submission win.
At the post-fight press conference, Doane spoke about his game plan for the fight, "We planned for a lot of takedown defense. We really wanted to keep it standing. I don't think at any point I ever thought I was going to get a submission on Issa, but Submission of the Night is fantastic, it's fantastic."
As for what he was going to do with the extra $50,000 he earned for his win, a smiling Doane said that he planned to "buy a dog."
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