Aussie Jessica-Rose Clark (11-7 1NC) suffered her first loss in two in a half years, as she was submitted by Stephanie Egger (7-2) in the first round of their fight at UFC Vegas 48.
The submission loss marks the first time Clark has been finished in her MMA career.
After a few strikes on the feet, Clark started to impose her improved wrestling game as she got Egger in the clinch and pressed her against the cage within twelve seconds.
The Aussie was able to control Egger for a total of 2:01, with both fighters even exchanging trips before scrambling back into the cage.
However, the experienced judoka Egger was able to secure a well-executed throw that landed her in side mount.
After softening Clark up with strikes, Egger controlled her arm as it looked like she was setting up a kimura lock, right before switching to an armbar as Clark rolled through.
Egger fought the hands before locking in the armbar that forced Clark to tap 3:44 into the first round.
When speaking to Paul Felder, Egger said she was surprised that Clark engaged the clinch instead of striking more.
“I was thinking she would do more striking,” Egger said, “but then she was looking for the clinch, and yeah I like to throw people, so I tried and it worked.”
The Swiss Judoka also stated that she wanted to stay active and return to the octagon as quickly as she could.
“I hope I can fight as soon as possible” Egger said, “I’m ready for my next opponent”.
The victory for Egger marks her second in a row with a 2-1 record in the UFC, as well as her fifth first-round finish in her career.
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