After a disappointing end to the second bout on the UFC Fight Night 34 main card, the crowd was hoping that the UFC debut of Japanese star Tatsuya Kawajiri would live up to the expectations. Kawajiri was taking on Blackzilian fighter Sean Soriano, who was also making his UFC debut, as the two entered the octagon for a featherweight bout.
Round 1: Kawajiri wasted no time looking to shoot in for the takedown, but Soriano was able to avoid being taken down to the mat. Kawajiri was recklessly rushing in with his shots and Soriano was showing off impressive takedown defense as he fired off some impressive knees and quick strikes. Kawajiri would not give up on his takedown attempts and he finally landed one midway through the round, but Soriano was able to pop back up. Soriano landed some vicious elbows to the side of the head of Kawajiri up against the cage, before being taken back down to the mat.
Kawajiri began working for Soriano’s back and threatened with a rear-naked choke attempt, but Soriano was doing his best to survive. Kawajiri was able to land some heavy ground-and-pound from the back mount and he was close to stopping the fight, but he was saved by the buzzer at the end of the round.
Round 2: Kawajiri kept the pressure on Soriano to start the second round and immediately landed a takedown and again went for a rear-naked choke. The choke was tight and Soriano attempted to tap, but Steve Perceval missed the tap and Soriano went unconscious.
Result: Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Sean Soriano via technical submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 0:50