UFC Fight Night Berlin results: Gegard Mousasi chokes out Mark Munoz in main event

Boris Streubel

Two middleweights needing a win following their respective losses to Lyoto Machida squared off in the main event of UFC Fight Night Berlin.

The UFC's first card in Germany since 2010 saw Mark Munoz and Gegard Mousasi tangle in the night's main event. Munoz and Mousasi were desperate for a win to keep themselves afloat in the middleweight title picture, but only one would come away with the goods in this five-round scheduled affair.

Mousasi hunched his stance to prepare for Munoz's takedowns, and the "Filipino Wrecking Machine" lived up to his promise to go for the takedowns. The problem for Munoz was that Mousasi stuffed nearly all of them, and the one time he was taken down he wound up on top in a scramble. When they sprawled, Mousasi used elbows to the side of the head (although a couple of punches landed on the back of the head). Gegard twice mounted Munoz, with the second one coming from Munoz's own takedown attempt. Mousasi flattened Munoz out, sunk in a deep rear-naked choke, and Munoz had no choice but to tap out. It seemed that Mousasi was aiming for the submission more than the knockout as he'd attempted a face crank just prior to the finishing sequence.

Long-ish story short - This fight wasn't remotely close nor that competitive.

Official Result: Gegard Mousasi def. Mark Munoz via submission (RNC) at 3:57 of round 1.

Mousasi (35-4-2) moves to 2-1 in the UFC and gets his first middleweight win inside the Octagon. Munoz (13-5) is on his first ever losing streak, and this defeat marks the first time he's ever been submitted.

Stay tuned for post-event coverage on this card, as well as live coverage of the TUF Brazil 3 Finale later this evening.

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