Despite not fighting since 2011, Yan Cabral entered his UFC debut with plenty of hype.
Cabral, who defeated Kazushi Sakuraba in his last official fight, had no problems taking care of David Mitchell at UFC Fight Night 29 Wednesday night from Brazil.
After spending time on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil, Cabral showed no rust, working several submission attempts and displaying perfect striking.
“I am very happy,” he said. “I know what I have been though to get here and I want to thank my family.”
Mitchell (12-4) did take Cabral (11-0) to a place no other fighter has, as Cabral saw the third round for the first time in his career. Entering the UFC, he had finished all 10 of his opponents via submission in either the opening or second rounds of action.
“I expected the fight to go to the ground,” said Cabral, a training partner of interim UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao. “David Mitchell is great on the ground so I worked a lot on my boxing.”
The loss was the third straight for Mitchell, and dropped his UFC record to 1-5 overall.