Mike Mathetha aka Blood Diamond has suffered his first pro MMA loss, being submitted by Jeremiah Wells at UFC 271. Photo: @jeremiahwmma/Instagram.

Auckland's Blood Diamond has been unable to make good on his UFC debut, succumbing to submission in the first round to Jeremiah Wells.

Auckland’s Mike Mathetha (3-1, 0-1 UFC), commonly known as Blood Diamond,has suffered his first pro MMA loss, being submitted by Jeremiah Wells (10-2-1, 2-0 UFC) in the opening round of their UFC 271 fight.

Blood Diamond entered the fight which high expectations, being a training partner of Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya at City Kick Boxing, a man that had been preaching his praises all fight week.

The fight got off to an interesting start with Wells almost falling over and twisting his ankle in the opening seconds, however was able to recover and engage in a clinch. It was clear that Wells game plan was to get the fight to the ground where he had the decisive advantage.

Wells was eventually able to secure the takedown just two minutes into the opening and transitioned straight to Blood Diamond’s back. Wells attempted the rear naked choke, though Blood Diamond was wise to it, turning into the choke to remain safe.

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In an attempt to try and flatten the New Zealander out and get his arm under the chin for the choke, Wells resorted to heavy ground and pound. Blood Diamond was able to escape the ground and pound and began to get back up to his feet, but Wells repositioned. After getting to the back again, Wells sunk in another rear naked choke to put Blood Diamond to sleep with just over 20 seconds remaining in the first round.

With the finish, Wells now sits on a four-fight win streak and has been a perfect two of two in the UFC since joining the promotion. His first win came against Warlley Alves in June last year, winning by second-round knockout.

This also marks Wells fourth win by submission, all of them coming by rear naked choke. Post-fight Wells discussed how his game plan was to take the fight to the ground.

“The game plan was to mix it up, stand up with him a little bit then take him down and submit him,” said Wells.

For Blood Diamond he will now have to go back to the drawing board and reset. Though time is on his side, given he is only four fights into his MMA career.

For UFC 271 updates, follow The Inner Sanctum’s live blog, here. To watch the live main card from 2pm AEDT, order on Kayo.

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