UFC Singapore: Maia Submits Askren

Demian Maia vs. Ben Askren ended up being a surprise thanks to more striking than most expected, but it was Maia who still proved he was the better grappler on this day with a third-round submission of “Funky” in the main event of UFC Singapore.

Despite the grappling prowess of both men, the first round featured plenty of striking as Maia held off Askren’s grappling attempts or landed inside when they clinched. Askren, however, did his own fair share of damage and scored a takedown late in the opening frame.

Askren continued to bring the striking pressure in the second and scored another takedown, but Maia managed to reverse and pulled off several submission attempts in the closing minute.

Askren clinched up and took Maia down again in the third round, but Maia managed to bring the action back to the feet. Askren’s second takedown attempt in the round, however, did him in, as Maia used his jiu-jitsu to once again reverse position and get Askren’s back, scoring a rear-naked choke and the submission win.

UFC Singapore main card results:

Demian Maia def. Ben Askren via submission (rear-naked choke) (Rd. 3, 3:54)

Stevie Ray def. Michael Johnson via majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)

Beneil Dariush def. Frank Camacho via submission (rear-naked choke) (Rd. 1, 2:02)

Ciryl Gagne def. Don’tale Meyes via submission (heel hook) (Rd. 3, 4:46)

Muslim Salikhov def. Laureano Staropoli via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-28)

UFC Singapore preliminary card results:

Randa Markos def. Ashley Yoder via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Rafael Fiziev def. Alex White via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Movsar Evolev def. Enrique Barzola via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Sergei Pavlovich def. Maurice Greene via TKO (Rd. 1, 2:11)

Loma Lookboonmee def. Aleksandra Albu via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)

Raphael Pessoa Nunes def. Jeff Hughes via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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