Piotr Hallmann made a big splash in his Octagon debut last week at UFC Fight Night 28, as the Polish lightweight tapped out Francisco Trinaldo in the second round with a Kimura, and also picked up “Submission of the Night” for doing so. Making an extra 50 grand in your first UFC bout has got to be pretty sweet.
While Hallmann arrived in the UFC with some hype, thanks to a nine fight win streak, not a lot of pundits were predicting the experienced Karate practitioner to win by submission (it should also be noted that Trinaldo is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt). In fact, Hallmann himself was surprised that he scored the tap-out victory. While speaking to MMA Fighting.com recently, here’s what “Pletwal” had to say about the victory:
“I didn’t expect submissions,” Hallmann said afterwards. “I expected to win by points or stoppage, but not a submission at all. But I train every aspect of the game.”
The win was also memorable because Hallmann was blasted with a couple of hard body kicks that sent him reeling, but the 26 year-old recovered and went on to score the comeback win.
“He caught me but I knew I had to survive there,” he said. “I was also tired but I knew he was also tired, so I worked the submission in the ground.”
If you’re wondering, the bout marked the first time Hallmann had won by Kimura to date. Of his 13 wins prior, five had come via tap-out but all were by rear-naked-choke (which Hallmann has listed as his favourite grappling technique on the UFC site). UFC FN 28 went down in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
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