According to an Aug. 30 report from MMA Junkie, UFC 177 opened with a bang, as Chris Wade needed less than two minutes to choke out Cain Carrizosa. Wade (8-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) absolutely dominated in his UFC debut, smothering his opponent after a crisp takedown, before securing the fight-ending choke. The ref had seen enough at the 1:12-mark of the first round.
Wade, a Long Island native, showed off exceptional grappling skills in the opening round of action. He easily took Carrizosa to the mat and secured a guillotine choke to finish the fight. Carrizosa appeared to be thinking about tapping, but he didn't have a chance. Carrizosa, who was making his UFC debut, was choked unconscious.
In the second fight of the night at UFC 177, Ruan Potts fought Anthony Hamilton at heavyweight. Potts, 36, headed into the fight with an 8-2 overall record. At 12-3, Hamilton walked into UFC 177 with a huge size advantage. Potts may have been three inches shorter than Hamilton, but he turned in a solid performance that impressed UFC higher-ups.
Potts found himself on his back in the first minute of action, but he got out of a tough position and stood up. He threw some crisp leg kicks in the second minute of the first round. However, Hamilton neutralized him with strikes and takedowns. Hamilton had landed three takedowns by the end of the first frame. Heading into the second round, Potts appeared to be damaged and weary.
Later on the UFC 177 card, TJ Dillashaw puts his UFC bantamweight strap on the line for the first time ever. Dillashaw, 28, will be taking on Joe Soto, a UFC newcomer who had plenty of success in other organizations. Soto, a former Bellator MMA champ, headed into UFC riding a six-fight win streak. As for Dillashaw, he rode into UFC 177 as a heavy favorite, after shocking the world with a win over Renan Barao at UFC 173.
Will Dillashaw reign supreme in his first title defense? That's the burning question fight fans have been asking for months now. In all likelihood, Dillashaw will defeat Soto. He heads into the fight as a heavy favorite, as much as 15-to-1 on some Las Vegas betting sites. UFC 177 went down on Aug. 30 at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif.