Successful in his post-TUF debut, John Albert met longtime veteran Ivan Menjivar on the main card of the inaugural UFC on Fuel event. Displaying the best elements of mixed martial arts, fans were treated to an exhibition of submissions, ground and pound and brilliant striking.
Menjivar tripped Albert to the floor, but Albert wasn't willing to concede that the bottom position can't be dominant, as he threatened with two triangle chokes, an armbar and an omoplata.
During the exchange, Menjivar was able to land five or six hammerfists. After removing himself from an armbar, both men looked for a leglock to finish the fight as Menjivar attempted to secure a standing ankle lock while Albert fished for a heel hook.
Once the bout returned to the feet, Albert rocked Menjivar with a head kick and then swarmed with vicious punches and knees that would have undoubtedly finished a lesser man.
Menjivar survived the onslaught on the ground and was somehow able to wind up in top position. After feeling the wrath of his opponents' ground and pound, Albert rolled to his stomach and was caught in a rear-naked choke.
Sherdog.com identified the performance as an early contender for Round of the Year and it also picked up Submission of the Night honors.