UFC on Fox 13 will go down as one of the most mayhem frenzied nights in company history, with more than a handful of tales to tell once the dust settled.
Cheap shots, burials, knockouts and wars, but one of the smaller, yet still significant talking points happened during the FightPass prelims, as Ian Entwistle (9-2) submitted Anthony “El Toro” Birchak (11-2) by first round heel-hook.
Those familiar with “Enty” on the UK scene will know the Accrington fighter’s love for submissions, with 78% of his victories coming by tapout.
It took just 64 seconds for Entwistle to submit Arizona’s own Birchak at UFC on Fox 13, and the 28 year-old proclaimed his beliefs in his submission speciality.
Speaking to Joe Rogan post-fight at UFC on Fox 13, Entwistle said: “I believe in leg locks, I love leg locks, I said today I would get a leg lock in the first one or two minutes and that’s what I did. The UFC said they wanted exciting fights and people to want to finish people. Well I finish people.
“I could hear his knee clicking while we were rolling, it was clicking but he wasn’t tapping so I took it home.”
However, despite now having three heel-hooks on his resume, Entwistle in fact has the same amount of finishes by another famed move, the rear naked choke.
From one heel-hook student to the professor, elsewhere at World Series of Fighting 16, which took place in Las Vegas, Rousimar Palhares (17-6) successfully defended his welterweight gold.
“Toquinho” submitted fellow ex-UFC fighter Jon Fitch (26-7-1) in the very first round, but this time the Brazilian utilised a leg lock variant of the heel hook, as he sunk in an excruciating knee bar to reign victorious.
Nine of Palhares’s wins come by heel-hook, or a variant of the submission, and it is no secret that it is his go to move, which has seen him gain his fair share of shame and victory for.
So is Entwistle the new age equivalent of Palhares? That has yet to be seen, he needs to pull out a lot more finishes to be viewed on the same level, but the young Brit showed great potential at UFC on Fox 13, and has already averted the claims of being the next Paul Sass. For now.
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