Gegard Mousasi managed to make short work of fellow middleweight contender Mark Munoz Saturday in Berlin, prompting chants of "Mousasi! Mousasi!" to erupt from the crowd. The Dutch fighter finished the fight with a rear naked choke at the 3:54 mark of the first round in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Berlin.
Early in the fight, the wrestler Munoz shot in for a double leg take down against Mousasi but the striker managed to stuff the attempt. From there, Mousasi punished Munoz with punches, elbows and choke attempts while securing side mount, mount and back control.
Munoz was able to get back to his feet and even took Mousasi down but was then immediately reversed and mounted once more. "The Dreamcatcher" made it stick this time around - taking the back of Munoz again and this time getting both hooks and securing a short rear naked choke to force the tap out.
Mousasi spoke of his preparation and strategy in a matter of fact manner post-fight saying, "I worked a lot on the rear naked choke and the guillotine."
The humble Armenian-descent also acknowledged that he needs to continue to work on his wrestling, though he was prepared for Munoz' grappling attack. "He's a wrestler so he always comes forward," he said.
"So, I wanted to pick up the angles, sideways, and slowly pick up the pressure. Yeah, it went well."
CB Dollaway earned his second straight victory in the night's co-main event, with a dominant decision victory over Francis Carmont. Dollaway withstood Carmont's sharp striking and taunts early on to eventually impose his grappling will with take downs.
Scores were 30-27 (twice) and 29-28 in favor of Dollaway.