In the first round of the first bout of the UFC on Fox 5 card, bantamweight Scott Jorgensen submitted John Albert just an instant before the horn sounded to signal the end of the round.
The rear naked choke gave Jorgensen (14-6) his first win in his last three tries and may have saved him from a UFC release. After reaching that ignominious distinction himself, Albert (7-4) may indeed be done in the promotion.
Nevertheless, both fighters had strong moments. Earlier in the round, Albert was getting the better of Jorgensen on the ground and even had him in a deep triangle choke. Jorgensen defended, however, and went on to get one of the closest bang-bang stoppages in recent memory.
What we'll remember about this fight:
The buzzer-beater finish. It's been a long time since a stoppage occurred—and a voluntary one at that—so close to the end of a round. The official stoppage time read 4:59 of the first round, but if it counted tenths of seconds it might have been even closer.
What we learned about John Albert:
Either he really doesn't like being choked, or his corner team needs better time-management and/or yelling skills.
What we learned about Scott Jorgensen:
The submission could be his fatal flaw. He has now tapped out in three straight bouts, and all four of his pro losses came that way.
What's next for Albert:
He's still 26, and could be back in the Octagon if he can notch some good wins in a smaller promotion.
What's next for Jorgensen:
I don't think he's quite ready to re-enter the division's top echelon. I'd definitely enjoy watching him tangle with Alex Caceres.