Already owning 22 wins in his professional MMA career, 24-year-old submission grappler Marcin Held was looking to make a splash debut in the Octagon when he battled longtime veteran Diego Sanchez in the co-main event of tonight’s (Sat., November 5, 2016) UFC Fight Night 98 from the Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico.
Unfortunately for the Bellator standout, however, it was ‘The Nightmare’s’ own ground game that won the day in a highly exciting contest. Aside from strong moments early in the striking from Held, Sanchez was more than able to fend off the never-ending string of leglock attempts from the quickly fading newcomer, punishing him with solid ground and pound as his limbs twisted and turned out of every hold.
The victory was a decisive one for fan favorite Sanchez, a hard-charging veteran who won the first season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) and picked up a win over a tough challenger at the TUF Latin America 3 Finale tonight. Watch the highlights of Sanchez’ second win in three fights this year here: