The UFC Mexico City preliminary card fully delivered with a beautifully high number of 1st round finishes, 5 of 6 to be exact. The exclusive Fight Pass Prelims saw back to back first round submissions, as Jordan Rinaldi earned the rare Von Flue Choke over Alvaro Herrera, and Joseph Morales scored a club and sub RNC on Roberto Sanchez. On FS1, Rani Yahya picked up a speedy Kimora sub over Henry Briones, and Dustin Ortiz followed it up with a spectacular :15 second flyweight knockout of Hector Sandoval. The key preliminary bout from UFC Fight Night: Pettis vs. Moreno saw Jack Hermansson pick up a 1st round TKO over Brad Scott, which was an excellent prelude to the main card. Take a look at all of the preliminary card results plus a few highlights for good measure:
Jack Hermansson def. Brad Scott 3:50 of round 1: Middleweight
The first minute of the bout saw little action, but Hermansson used the lull to find his opening to put Brad Scott on his back. Scott would respond with a Triangle Choke attempt, but was unable to clear his opponents right arm, allowing Hermansson to escape. Hermansson transitioned to the back of Scott, dropping heavy leather, before moving to full mount. Relentless ground and pound was name of the game for Hermansson, as he achieved the 1st round TKO in just under four minutes.
Watch Jack Hermansson put the business on Brad Scott:
Dustin Ortiz def. Hector Sandoval by KO at :15 of round 1: Flyweight
Dustin Ortiz came out like a man possessed as he landed a series of right hands on his pressuring opponent, rendering Hector Sandoval completely unconscious in just :15 into the 1st round.
Watch Dustin Ortiz achieve the fastest finish in UFC flyweight history:
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Rani Yahya def. Henry Briones by Submission (Kimora) at 2:01 of round 1: Bantamweight
Rani Yahya shot in on Henry Briones right away, and instantly realized side control. After a brief Guillotine attempt, Yahya transitioned to a North South Choke, but Briones was able to escape. Yahya attacked a Kimora on the left arm of his opponent, stepped out of half guard, and Briones had no choice but to tap out.
Watch Rani Yahya do what Rani Yahya does:
Jose Quinonez def. Diego Rivas by Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3): Bantamweight
The opening round seemed to be a bit of a feeling out process between Quinonez and Rivas, as although both fighters were busy, very few significant strikes appeared to land. Rivas had a moment in the second frame, where he connected with a solid right hand that looked like it caught Quinonez off balance, briefly sending him to the canvas. Quinonez responded by achieving a takedown and getting to work with strikes in the full guard of Rivas, before transitioning to side control, and finishing the in the dominant position. Quinonez footwork continued to provide problems for Rivas well into the 3rd round, as Rivas struggled to connect on anything clean. Quinonez pressured forward in search of the takedown, which led to a half hearted Anaconda attempt from Rivas that was easily escaped. The 2 bantamweights went toe to toe for the final minute of the fight, and when the dust settled, it was Quinonez who walked away with the unanimous nod.
Watch Jose Quinonez get busy at UFC Mexico City:
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Joseph Morales def. Roberto Sanchez by Submission (RNC) at 3:56 of round 1: Flyweight
Roberto wasted no time in achieving a takedown and establishing top control on Urijah Faber pupil Joseph Morales. The top control was short lived, however, as Morales used a guillotine attempt to stand back up, and landed a cracking right hand that dropped Sanchez. Morales was all over his injured foe and quickly found the back, and ultimately sunk in a 1st round RNC.
Check out Joseph Morales strangling Roberto Sanchez to earn a finish in the opening round:
Alvaro Herrera def. Jordan Rinaldi by Submission (Von Flue) 2:01 of round 1: Lightweight
Jordan Rinaldi closed the distance on his opponent, but Alvaro Herrera landed a clubbing left hand that seemed to do a bit of damage. Herrera immediately jumped on a Guillotine Choke, but Rinaldi was well prepared, and answered with a slick Von Flue Choke that prompted a frantic 1st round tap.
Shout out to UFC veteran Jason Von Flue, as the MMA gods have graced us with the ever clever Von Flue Choke: