UFC 149 Results: Matt Riddle Defeats Chris Clements Via Arm-Triangle

Andrew SaundersCorrespondent IIJuly 21, 2012

Jul 21, 2012; Calgary, AB, CANADA; Matt Riddle (blue gloves) celebrates defeating Chris Clements welterweight bout of UFC 149 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE
Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE

The opening bout of UFC 149 saw a welterweight contest between nine-time UFC veteran Matt Riddle and the only fighter in MMA history to record a three-second knockout, Chris Clements.

Clements earned his first fight in the promotion by securing a TKO victory over Rich Clementi last year, and he won his promotional debut via split decision against Keith Wisniewski at UFC 145.

Stand in the center and bang! That is the mentality held by both fighters, who would release controlling positions from up against the cage, and even on the ground, just for the sake of exchanging.

The most interesting thing that happened in the first round was a liver shot from Riddle that hurt Clements, who winced in pain. When referee Josh Rosenthal saw this, he thought that a low kick had hit the cup and intervened, giving Clements time to recover.

In round two, the story was a little different. Matt Riddle used superior grappling to work the fight to the ground and take his opponent's back and control every moment. Clements would land some big elbows while Riddle had his back, and it allowed him to work back to his feet.

The third round saw a mixed bag of action, with a handful of striking and some grappling. The finish came when Clements threw a spinning back fist that Riddle ducked. Clements was caught by Riddle in a standing arm-triangle choke. When Riddle used a trip to get the fight down, the choke was still locked in and "Deep Waters" secured the submission victory.

The win was the second in a row for Riddle, who improves to 7-3 in his MMA career.

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