The fight began with a well paced striking affair, with Kimura throwing more leg kicks and Gagnon looking to throw the left hand from the southpaw stance. Kimura was bloodied from the nose about 90 seconds into the round. Gagnon was considerably hurt by a left hook to the body from Kimura, and that forced him to take the fight to the ground, which he was able to do with a powerful takedown. Kimura was unsuccessful with a heel hook and Gagnon poured on some powerful strikes from the top before they returned to the feet. Gagnon grabbed a hold of Kimura's neck, pulled guard for a guillotine choke, and while Kimura gamely tried to defend it, Gagnon's choke was tight and after rolling over into mount, Kimura went right to sleep. The referee saw Kimura's arm go limp, which signaled the end of an exciting contest.
Official Result: Mitch Gagnon def. Dustin Kimura by technical submission (guillotine choke) at 4:05 of round 1.
What was the high point of the fight?
While Gagnon was the victor, Kimura nearly turned things around with that body shot that forced Gagnon to briefly double over.
Where do these two go from here?
Gagnon (10-2) has been impressive in his 3 UFC fights, including the submission loss to Bryan Caraway in his debut. He's a little bit stiff as a boxer but his striking is slowly improving and his submissions present a danger to many opponents in the 135 lbs division. I could see him fighting someone else on the rise at BW like Alex Caceres, who won earlier in the night.
Kimura (10-1) put in a valiant effort despite being busted up early on, and is still just 24 years old.
Watch now, later, or never?
Now. It was a tense, exciting round of fighting and features a nasty submission by Gagnon in front of the rabid Canadian crowd.