Yuta Sasaki blitzed through Canadian talent Roland Delorme on the preliminary card of UFC Fight Night 48, with the Japanese prospect getting his first UFC win just 66 seconds into his debut. Sasaki made it look easy, landing on the feet with nice techniques, getting the clinch, transitioning to the back and dragging home down before sinking in the choke.
Delorme is now 9-4 (1 NC) as a professional, and has lost three consecutive fights. He is now 3-3 (1 NC) in the UFC, with the one no contest being an overturned first round TKO loss. These stats would usually point towards the Canadian getting cut, and after the clinic Sasaki put on, it would be surprising if he is not.
Sasaki improves to 18-1-2 and is now unbeaten in his last twelve bouts; at just 24 years of age, the future looks bright for the Japanese prospect.
Here is how the fight played out.
Delorme needs a win here to stay in the UFC, I would assume, while Sasaki is looking for a win in his UFC debut after compiling an impressive record elsewhere.
Round 1 – Sasaki immediately goes for a flying knee! Wow! Sasaki with a couple of jabs, then goes for the switch kick. He avoids Delorme’s attacks. Lovely combination by Sasaki, who ends it with a left kick. Sasaki gets the clinch, transitions to the back, dragging Delorme down. Both hooks in. Impressive stuff from Sasaki. He’s flattened Delorme out now. He may have it! He does! My oh my, that’s some performance right there.
Result: Sasaki via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:06 in first round.
Huge win for Sasaki, while Delorme is probably out of the organisation. Sasaki just blitzed through a tough guy in Delorme like he was an amateur. That’s quite something for a UFC debut.
You can see the play-by-play for the full event here on Cage Pages. The results, as they stand, can be seen below.
Yuta Sasaki def. Roland Delorme via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:06 in first round.
Colby Covington def. Wang Anying via submission (strikes) at 4:50 in first round.
Royston Wee def. Yao Zhikui via split decision (29-28 x2, 27-30).
Milana Dudieva def. Elizabeth Phillips via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28).