Chas Skelly rebounded from his first professional loss with a dominant performance against Tom Niinimaki at UFC Fight Night 49. Skelly was able to get the fight to the mat and looked at home from that position, getting the back of Niinimaki.
After Niinimaki exploded to get Skelly off him, he attempted a guillotine that looked close to completion, but Skelly gutted it out and used a sneaky move to work his way into mount. From the mount position, Niinimaki gave up his back, which Skelly took to his advantage by sinking in the rear naked choke to force the top.
Check out the action below.
Skelly and Niinimaki lost their last bouts inside the Octagon; Skelly’s first ever loss, and Niinimaki’s first loss after winning his UFC debut.
Round 1 – Niinimaki is very aggressive from the get go. A nice left as Skelly comes in for the takedown. Niinimaki pushing down on the head, but Skelly gets the back now, just one hook in, he adjusts and gets the second. Niinimaki trying to shake him off, but Skelly trying to avoid it. Skelly doing a good job of keeping control from this position, but now Niinmaki gets out and is now working on a guillotine! Skelly gets out though and now has the mount! And the back again! Crazy exchange. He might have the choke. One hook in. He gets the tap! Big win for Chas Skelly.
Result: Skelly via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:35 in first round.
Impressive stuff from Chas Skelly, who hands Tom Niinimaki his second straight loss.
You can check out the full play-by-play for the event here on Cage Pages. The results for the card, as it stands, can be found below.
Main Card (FOX Sports 1)
Chas Skelly def. Tom Niinimaki via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:35 in first round.
Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 2)
Neil Magny def. Alex Garcia via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2).
Beneil Dariush def. Tony Martin via submission (arm triangle choke) at 3:38 in second round.
Matt Hobar def. Aaron Phillips via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Ben Saunders def. Chris Heatherly via submission (omoplata) at 2:18 in first round.
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Wilson Reis def. Joby Sanchez via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).