One of the more memorable performances at last week’s UFC Fight Night 28 card belonged to Piotr Hallmann, who not only scored a victory in his Octagon debut, but he came from behind to do so. Francisco Trinaldo sent Hallmann reeling on a couple of occasions with pounding kicks to the body, but the Polish fighter weathered the storm and put away the Brazilian in round two.
Another compelling element to the fight was that Hallmann secured the victory with a Kimura, which also earned the 26 year-old “Submission of the Night” and an extra 50 grand. While Hallmann was a highly regarded addition to the UFC lightweight roster, thanks to a nine fight win streak, not too many people were likely predicting that he would tap-out the BJJ brown belt. In fact, while speaking to MMA Fighting.com afterwards, “Pletwal” admitted that not even he considered a submission as a possibility.
“I didn’t expect submissions,” said Hallmann, who had recorded five submission wins prior to UFN 28 but all were via rear-naked-choke. “I expected to win by points or stoppage, but not a submission at all. But I train every aspect of the game.”
“He caught me but I knew I had to survive there,” the experienced Karate practitioner added. “I was also tired but I knew he was also tired, so I worked the submission in the ground.”
So, it was a good night for Hallmann clearly, despite absorbing some hard blows. Now it will be interesting to see who the UFC matches him up against next, and whether he can extend his winning streak to 11.
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