UFC Sao Paulo results: Sergio Moraes becomes first to tap out Ben Saunders

Sergio Moraes (14-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) showed why his jiu-jitsu is among the most feared in the sport, putting on a clinic to become the first man to submit Ben Saunders (22-10-2 MMA, 10-7 UFC).

The welterweight clash served as the featured bout of the UFC Fight Pass-streamed prelims of tonight’s UFC Fight Night 137 event from Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. Additional prelim bouts followed on FS2 prior to the main card on FS1.

Saunders looked to work from the outside at the start of the fight, but Moraes was able to move inside rather easily and wrap the body, dragging his opponent to the floor. The two talented grapplers battled for position on the canvas, with Moraes keeping his shoulder pressure high and trying to advance past guard, with Saunders desperately trying to hold tight underneath. After considerable effort, Moraes was able to advance to mount and then began hunting options for the finish. A late armbar gave a real threat, but the bell sounded before Moraes could get full extension.

While Saunders looked to keep range in the second, Moraes was again able to move inside and take the fight to the floor, advancing to mount again with surgical precision. Saunders did well to defend underneath, but he wasn’t able to offer any offense from his back. Moraes trapped the arm and set up an arm-triangle choke, dismounting and looking for the squeeze. Saunders initially indicated he was doing OK in the position but was forced to tap out just moments later with 18 seconds left in the frame.

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