On September 27, 2013, Saad Awad put on an impressive performance at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon at Bellator 101.
In the beginning of the fight, Saad Awad landed a kick to Stapleton’s body. When Stapleton moved forward, Awad began to trade punches with Stapleton and knocked him down, but Stapleton recovered quickly and jumped to his feet.
After getting to his feet, Stapleton rushed in for a takedown. Pressing Awad into the cage, Stapleton eventually got the takedown. From the bottom, Awad was unable to apply a submission move, but Awad was able to scramble and get on top of his opponent. Awad moved to the full mount position and then took Stapleton’s back.
After punishing Stapleton with strikes, Awad attempted a rear naked choke. Initially, Stapleton appeared to be defending well against the rear naked choke, but Awad made the necessary adjustments to make the submission work. Awad appeared to be putting pressure on Stapleton’s back and cranking Stapleton’s neck when he was applying the rear naked choke on Stapleton. Unable to defend the submission anymore, Stapleton tapped.
Representing Millennia MMA, a gym located in Rancho Cucamonga, California, Saad Awad advances to the semifinals in the Bellator lightweight tournament.