In a complete and dominant performance, Bahamondes (13-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) brought his best against Rong Zhu (18-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC), overwhelming his opponent with a high-volume striking performance early, up to his third-round submission finish.
The fight was largely spent on the feet, with Bahomondes using his long reach effectively to repeatedly land strikes on Rong, who could not figure out how to slow the offensive attack of his 24-year-old lightweight opponent.
The fight reached the third round where out of nowhere, Bahamondes found an opportunity to jump on a guillotine choke and locked it in tight. Moments later, Rong was forced to tap.
— UFC (@ufc) February 26, 2022
The submission finished marked the first of Bahamondes’ 17-fight professional career. The Dana White’s Contender Series veteran entered the UFC after a front kick finish of Edson Gomez in his 2020 appearance. His first win with the promotion was against Roosevelt Roberts, a fight he ended by spectacular wheel kick that earned a Performance of the Night bonus.
Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 202 results include:
Ignacio Bahamondes def. Rong Zhu via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 1:40
Josiane Nunes def. Ramona Pascual via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Terrance McKinney def. Fares Ziam via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:11
Jonathan Martinez def. Alejandro Perez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Ramiz Brahimaj def. Micheal Gillmore via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:02
Carlos Hernandez def. Victor Altamirano via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
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